The mail box has been very good to me.
First, I received this:
Is that not stunning? It is actually, though this picture doesn't quite capture the sheen. That, my friends, is soy silk fiber, ready for me to spin. Yes, spin. I do own a wheel or two. And this, in combination with the luscious stuff I have from Grafton Fiber Arts, is going to make me really focus on those wheels. This, like my Grafton Fibers wool, was a gift! hockeymom is a Raveler who is in one of my Ravelry groups. She finished spinning up a bunch of this Soy Silk, and just GAVE AWAY what she had left over! My mind boggles at the size of the bump she must have had to start with. Better still, I was in time to claim it when she offered it online... so she gave it away to ME!
It's soooo yummy. It's sitting on the table right next to my knitting chair, where it will stay (so I can pet it now and then) until DH's socks are done. I must tell you, that spinning sounds so much more interesting to me than working another 40 rounds of sock on four needles.
I decided to go for it with my recent sock incident. As you may recall, I picked up the gusset stitches before turning the heel. Doh. So, figuring that one row's difference was a difference that no one would feel, I turned the heel in that next row. Yesterday, I stopped into my LYS, where I knit merrily, steadfastly onward for well over an hour (could be more like two-plus), and then knit some more during "Knit Night" at Shadowland last night. I am now half-way through the foot.
The Divine Though Blogless Elizabeth (Ravelry link) is making great progress on her February Lady Sweater, and Banshee has whizzed past me on Chrysopolis. It was good to knit and chat with them, though I did pine for something with needles in a larger size -- say a 2...
Every now and then, I'd take a finger break to knit a row or two of Natalia, which is coming along smoothly but slowly. It would be swiftly, as I'm loving the yarn and the nice big size 4 needles, but I'm determined to finish these socks in time for DH's birthday Saturday.
But we started with the mailbox, didn't we. It also yielded up some delicious yarn and needles for me to test knit a wee thing for Crystal Palace. It's a perfect adjunct to the current projects, to give my fingers a break (LOL) from the size 1's (the smaller version) that I'm working DH's socks on. . I'm using 2's.
But, I do get to work with Crystal Palace's delicious Panda Superwash. As I said, I'm using 2's --and got spot on gauge. This makes me nervous. But even soaking and drying the swatch didn't change a thing. Spot on gauge .. on 2's. I'm loving the yarn ... sooooo soft. It does tend to split a little bit, which means I wont' be able to knit the stockinette sections without looking at all, but it feels so nice, it's likely to be worth it. I'll let you know as this project progresses.
Meanwhile, I had a nice moment this morning. My youngest sent me one of those questionnaire e-mails that are the e-mail world's version of a meme. This one is called Two Things. (Even though that should mean it only asks two things, it's a tad longer). I found that answering it revealed something surprising to me.
So... here we go: -- or would have gone, and I not just written for about twenty minutes only to delete the lot with a slip of the mouse while trying to insert a link for the history of Thanksgiving. Hmph.
I'm going to go do it again in a different post and get this up...