After traveling to Ohio for the funeral, the last thing that I want to do is turn around and do essentially the same trip this coming weekend, but the girls have college visits for Penn State and Pitt scheduled. If I can get the sock that I am currently fussing over to the leg, I'll have something to pass the time with. Instead of cleaning and shipping items, I'm knitting my little fingers off to make that happen. Lola has always been amazed that I knit my socks on Addi 1s, so for this one, I decided to knit them on 0s . . . ouch. My fingers hurt every so often, and I finally gave up on the K3tog in favor of a SK2P or something along those lines.
I'm using the Shell Lace stitch pattern for this pair of socks with Judy's Magic Cast-on and a generic gusseted heel. For some reason, I like those better than a straight on short row heel, so if I ever get around to writing this pattern up for publication, feel free to substitute your own heel (or toe for that matter). So far, so good, but I should have started the gusset a little earlier than I anticipated. The yarn, STR's Rose Quartz, has been in my stash for what seems like forever, and why I ever bought this color is beyond me. Granted, it's pretty-ish, but it's so unlike my normal choices.
Our parents got back from their trip through Thailand and China on Sunday evening, after a 38-hour flight. Dad was so tired in Bangkok that he simply laid down on the floor (which was sans carpet) and slept for three hours. When Mom commented to Lola that she hadn't seen the boys in several weeks (okay, two months, but who's counting?) Lola pulled up some photos of them from my trip home . . . with three tat pictures in the midst. Granted, Mom was uber-loopy, but I thought it best to soften the blow so I sent her the picture from the cellphone. Her first comment? Please tell me that friggin' (she doesn't like to curse) thing is fake. Nope - sorry. The second comment? Why not a small little butterfly on the ankle? Because that would be pussying out. The final comment? Well, you always were a different child from the rest. I let that one go . . . because she's never said that before. Wonder what was in the water in Bejing?
Finished sock by Saturday, finished Cobblestone body by Sunday, finished laptop case by Monday . . . a girl has to set goals.
PS - Today is the last day for the contest. So far . . . so awesome!