Olympics Update: I’m in the final phase of preparations. The yarn is ready, the pattern has been adjusted, the needles have been selected (Addis all the way this time, because speed is crucial). All I have left to do is straighten the yarn basket, de-clutter the knitting area (yarn bits, old post-its, stray cat fuzz — they have to go), and fluff up the couch cushions. Soon I’ll be off to the opening ceremonies! Well, actually, I’ll be a little late — I do have to work on Friday. You know, the thing that makes all the knitting possible? The “financial backing,” as it were? No big deal.
I’ve discovered a quirky thing about this Moss Agate Socks That Rock. When I tried to knit it in a simple pattern — the Slipped-Stitch Rib I was planning the other day — it pooled like crazy, into weird undulating blobs of green and purple. Not attractive. I love it this way, in simple and uncomplicated stockinette, the comfort knitting I need before the Challenge begins.
Another thing I’ve discovered: I now have enough handknit socks to warm my feet for more than a week, with choices to spare. I can stop wearing the first pair I ever made (the “emergency” socks, like the “emergency” underwear that is left at the back of the drawer until one morning you have no choice but to put them on, because when was the last time you did laundry?).
And at long last, it feels like Winter, and my warm socks and scarves are a welcome necessity. The temperatures are back down to normal — high 30’s are predicted for today. I’m not a huge fan of bitter temps, but 50’s in February is just too freaky. This sky is for Sandy.
It’s going to be an errandy day off today, with a little knitting thrown in for good measure. I hope you get to have just the right kind of day, too.