I made a lot of progress on the Gansey socks during my yard sale last Saturday. It rained on and off all day, and there weren’t too many customers. It wasn’t much of a sale, because I forgot about a whole closet full of junk I’d been collecting.

I love these socks! I’m wearing them right now. They look kind of funky off the feet, but they fit well. Actually, the heels are a little too long, but that’s my fault. The more I knit, the looser my gauge got. Things I learned from knitting this sock:

Stash enhancements: I’m on a lace kick. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Interweave Knits seems to be on a lace kick… The first is from Black Bunny Fibers, 100% laceweight merino hand dyed beautifully in a color called Jade.

Today I’m going to Needler’s Nest to get some more Alpaca With a Twist, because I’ve run out! The yarn is 70% baby alpaca/ 30% silk, very very soft and nice. Now, the pattern says they used 90 grams from a 100-gram, 875-yard skein of Suri Elegance.

This is a great pattern, and I think the socks will be very pretty. I’m using Elann Essential 4-ply solid in purple, and Blauband MaxiRingel for the contrast color(s). I finally figured out how to keep yarns from getting totally tangled when doing 2 multi-color socks at once on one circular.

Dayflower Daydream Shawl

or, “Knitting in the Orchestra Pit” In late November 2001, I started working for a production of My Fair Lady at Arizona Theatre Company. The show opened in Tucson in December and went to Phoenix in January 2002. There were about 75 performances altogether.

Kelly may have her baby this Friday.  She’s been on complete bedrest for 2 weeks and they may induce labor on Friday.

Whew! Got these done on the very last deadline day! What I learned from these socks:  How to do a picot hem.

This is a pair of socks I made in July 2005, mostly on a trip to Ohio. The pattern is from Lily Chin’s Knit and Crochet With Beads. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shephard’s Sock, which is some of the softest sock yarn around. They provided comfort during our brutal winter.  Don’t laugh, we have tile floors…

My mom and the next door neighbor collaborated in taking Ellen and me to all sorts of classes – piano in 3rd grade, dance (I was enthusiastic but uncoordinated), and knit and crochet lessons at a local yarn shop.  It was just the two of us at a table in the shop with the owner.  The shop is long gone.


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