The reason for the delay is that I don't have anywhere to block it at the moment, so I'm going to make myself a blocking board. This might have to wait till the weekend till I can get somewhere to buy wadding and fabric. I already have a board I can use.
Anyway, yesterday (when I was feeling very tired and cranky) I started some new socks. Yes, thank you, I do know that I should have waited until I was less tired and cranky, but I needed something to knit right then, and I was bored with the dog-walking socks. I found the lovely ball of Sisu that Jill sent me in Ms Knitingale's pre-Christmas swap. I'd forgotten how wonderful the colours were. So I cast on and started to knit the Crusoe socks from Knitty. (BTW the new Knitty is out now in case you didn't know).
Now the main problem I have is that there is just the one 50g ball of this yarn (which is nowhere near enough to knit these socks), but I figured if I just knit the leg in the pattern I could knit the foot in some other toning (or possibly contrasting) colour. I was going to worry about that bit later.
The other problem is that I was tired and cranky (yes, I know, you already told me). So the first time I cast on I left too long a trailing bit of yarn and because this will be an issue later I'm sure, I ripped it back and started again. The next time the trailing yarn was too short. I actually got it right on the third attempt, but then I dropped a stitch on the first round and ended up with a big hole in the cast on. On the fourth attempt I actually managed to cast on correctly, and join without twisting, and actually knit about an inch and a half before I realised that the damn sock would only fit a very small child. I am not a very small child, though its possible I may have acted like one at this point.
Today, when I was not tired and cranky, I ripped it back and started again with more stitches. I love the pattern - it looks great and its easy to knit (though I am inclined to forget which row I'm on). And now........ the colours are pooling -
I'm guessing that this is not the pattern for this yarn. I may go off and stamp my feet a bit.
In other news -
Today is our wedding anniversary. Pete and I have been married for fifteen years today - which is a very long time. I think he deserves a round of applause for putting up with me for all this time. And even after fifteen years it is still possible to learn new things about each other. This year I have learned that he is a better cook than me. And he has learned to avoid me when I am tired and cranky and armed with pointy sticks. I love him tons.