Yesterday was Larry and my 11th anniversary. We had decided that we wouldn’t do presents this year because we just bought a plasma TV, so I decided to finish the diagonal rib socks for him. I have to admit that I gave them to him in the morning on the needles, but I did finish them last night so I think that still counts!
Started: October 17
Finished: December 23
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential, Burgundy
Needle: US 1
Pattern: Diagonal Rib Socks, Interweave
I think I’ve said this before, but the KnitPicks yarn was ok – but I probably won’t use it again. It was sort of thin, scratchy. It does show the stitch definition, but I think there is better yarn out there. It is cheap ($2.99 for 231 yds) but I just don’t think its worth it. We’ll see how they hold up, and what they are like when they are washed.
I do like this pattern, though – interesting but very easy to memorize so its good when you don’t want to have a chart to bother with. I can see making this again someday.
I’ve been trying to find a copy of Interweave Knits Fall 2004 issue – I really like the Huntington Castle Pullover on the cover. But this issue appears to be like gold (or a Starmore book!) – I bid on it on eBay this week – and it sold to someone else for $25.49! Can you believe that? I stopped bidding at $10 – I can’t see the point of paying so much for a magazine. I just noticed that Interweave sells the indivdual patterns, so I’ll call this week and see if the pullover is one of them. Unreal though, eh?
I’m on vacation now from work through the New Year, and I’m very happy about it. I do have to log in one day this week to do my accomplishments, but that shouldn’t take long. I’m planning on spending some time relaxing with the kids and Larry, and of course knitting and spinning. We are going to take the kids into the city (that’s New York) one day to see the holiday sights, and Larry and I are going to do something one day alone. I’m also going to meet Chris and Laurie for lunch and yarn. The rest of the time is for me! I’m hoping to finish the shawl this week so I can block it – and then I’m going to start the fair isle cardigan.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas (or Hannakuh or whatever you celebrate!), and that your holiday celebration is filled with laughter and love.