Today is looking up. My ears still hurt, and I'm almost completely deaf because of all of the fluid (Bill is finally learning to yell everything instead of talking in a normal voice, only to have me say "what?"), but at least Bill is home to share my pain. And I got this little goodie in the mail:
An RAK from the lovely Sharon! She'd already spilled the beans that she was sending me the EZ book, but the rest was a delightful surprise! The Joy Of Knitting Companion will be a great design tool because it's filled with this:
Yup, knitter's graph paper. You can never have too much of that lying around! And, more sock yarn! How appropriate. Knit Picks Essential in Grass (one of my favorites) and Sock Garden in Hydrangea. Love it! Now my biggest problem is having more sock yarn than I can reasonably knit in the near future. What to do, what to do...
We have some finished socks to admire! Sonya finished her Whitbys and they are gorgeous. And go check out Melanie's blue-and-green striped socks. Very funky!
Keep those updates coming, sockers! Also, if you've e-mailed or commented about joining but don't see your name on the sidebar, please e-mail me again. I'm not ignoring you - I've just had a much bigger response to my little KAL than I expected! I don't want anyone to get lost in the shuffle!
Get A Haircut
Bill managed to cut Owen's hair yesterday.
Doesn't he look boyish with his new 'do? He's looking peeved because he really hates the red-eye light on the camera. I tried to cut his hair last week, but I couldn't manage to wield the scissors, hold his arms down so he wouldn't grab them, and hold his head still so I wouldn't cut skin instead of hair, all at the same time. I'm not quite sure how Bill did it, but they both appear to have come through unscathed.
This is one of the few recent FOs that I can actually show you. It's swatch #1 for my TKGA Master's Level 1. 2x2 ribbing and garter stitch - how exciting. Can you see why I'm not dying to do these? I know the basics are important, but I'd much rather swatch up a funky stitch pattern or work on some socks. I will get these done in the next three months! I will! I will!
My Cast-On Socks are done (apart from grafting the toes, which I'm putting off for some reason), and I'm now working on some more swatches for the Quick To Knit Gifts book. They just accepted a third design of mine (for - you guessed it - socks) and are interested in two more of my ideas. It would be crazy if I had five designs in that one book! It gives me hope that some of the swatches that I sent out to Knitter's, IK and No Sheep For You will get a positive reception as well. Although it's probably easier to get the easy little designs accepted in a publication where you're not competing against the likes of Teva Durham and Debbie Bliss. IK is my nirvana, but I'm guessing it will be awhile before I manage to break down that door. Especially since they seem to feature the same designers every single month. Anyway, they've got some swatches, so keep your fingers crossed for me!
And keep on socking!