I did my best to thank everyone individually, but let me say again to all of you together: "Thank you!" I couldn't believe how many messages of sympathy and support came my way this week. I was very touched and they really helped me to get through it.
For a week that started so very badly, I managed to end it on a high note. Yesterday I met Karen for lunch and then we invaded the cafe at Barnes and Noble for some knitting. I ended the afternoon over-caffeinated, but it was worth it for the yarn fellowship. Of course, we also did a little book shopping. On Karen's strong recommendation, I bought a box-set containing books 1-3 of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. These were a hot topic at Yarn Haven a couple of weeks ago and it seems that I missed the boat somehow. Book #13 in the series just came out, so I am way behind. I'll read #1 and then get back to you.
I also bought Spin to Knit: The Knitter's Guide to Making Yarn. It looked good during my brief browse in the store, but I haven't had a chance to pick it up again since then. I'm hoping for some education/inspiration.
My final purchase was a set of CD's for my Dad. They are an audio course on American History and I strongly suspect he will heart them. I may not be able to save them for Christmas, so he might get them as an anniversary present later this month instead. It is impossible to get my parents a joint present they both really want anyway, so I might as well give separate gifts. Of course, my Mom will be considerably harder to shop for, but I have several weeks to watch for something cool.
I have gone back to Bayerische with a strong determination to finish sock #2 before I move on to anything new. Last time you saw it, it looked like this:
After 2 days of dedicated knitting, it looks like this:
Well, it sort of looks like this. The length in the picture is accurate but the color isn't even close. The ribbing picture is closer to the actual yummy violet.
If you are keeping score at home, that is 1.5 leg pattern repeats down, 2.5 repeats to go. And then the heel, foot, and toe after that. I am trying hard to be a process knitter for now and just enjoy how beautiful the sock looks. And ever so slowly, it will grow.
The violently vibrant roving that I dyed last week spun up a lot more subdued than I expected. The purple managed to tone the acid-green down so that the final yarn is quite nearly respectable.
I really don't need another pair of arctic mittens, so I'm not sure what this yarn will turn into. Maybe my new book will give me some ideas. In the meantime, I have decided that I really want to try to spin the teal roving. Good or bad, that will be the next yarn I have to show you, but I don't know when I'll get to it. Tomorrow I promised to pull some weeds (yuck) and then we are going to see John Mayer in concert (yay). The two+ hours in the car to work on my sock will be an added bonus. Don't you love car trips when you don't have to drive?