The best way back is just to begin...
I won't bore you with all that's gone on in the past two weeks. Suffice it to say:
I went to Maryland Sheep & Wool. Rode on Rosie's bus -- knitted both ways. Sat with Nicole. Shopped. Saw some friends and acquaintances. I met a bunch of bloggers and saw bloggers from afar. I was within feet of people I read, but have never met and didn't recognize. I only took a couple of pictures. They look like everyone else's pictures so I'm not posting them.
Nope, let's get down to the knitty-gritty WIP talk. Last weekend I finally finished pirate #1:
Pirate #2 will be a mirror image, reversing the black and pink. I'm still toying with the idea of duplicate stitching a skull on the heel flap, but I may just be too lazy for that.
I should be showing off the beginnings of the second sock. Alas, I cannot.
I confess, I haven't cast on Pirate #2 yet. I was seduced. By some STR in Rainforest Jasper.
Lemming that I am, I joined the STR Club -- before trying any of the other STR skeins I have in stash. Regardless of why it was in my possession, I packed the skein and club pattern as one of the three (!) knitting projects I took to MD (I wouldn't want to have a knitting emergency, you know?). On the way back from the festival, to assuage my feelings of deprivation for not making it to the Fold in time to see any other colorways in person, I cast on. I was sure it was going to be nice, but I couldn't believe I was going to share the astonishing enthusiasm of others.
As so many times in my life, I was wrong. So wrong.
Knitting with this is a vacation. The pressures of everyday life melt with the sproing in every stitch. It's silky, it's schwooshie. It's delicious, but not fattening. It's 360 yards of heaven.
Koigu, schmoigu, this is better.
My only criticism? This isn't my favorite colorway. It's grown on me, but there are better STR colors out there, I've seen them. Now I just need to get my hands on them.
Anyway, I knit along without a thought for any of my other WIPS and UFOs. Next thing I knew, it's Thursday and I have an entire sock. Sock #2 is well on its way. Today I was forced to frog the heel flap when I discovered I had knitted the 34 instep stitches instead of the 30 flap stitches! Despite this delay, I'm hoping to be done by the middle of the week -- just in time for the next STR club package to arrive on my doorstep.
Luckily, Wallace and Gromit are at hand to fuel my sock knitting prowess along!