I ordered a laptop–the cheapest MacBook out there–on Sunday, and it arrived today! Oh, I am in love. It is delightful. And now it needs a protective sleeve. I’m thinking of trying my hand at felting for the first time. I’ve got some Manos I snagged from my mom that’s not doing anything . . . This may be my weekend adventure. I worry a bit about fuzz getting on the computer, though–anyone have experience with this?
The past two nights I’ve had mid-evening plans, so have killed the time beforehand by working on another pair of Pomatomus. On Tuesday my friend and I sat in Clark Park, and I knit before yoga, and last night the boy and I sat outside with coffee in West Philly, and I knit before I met a friend for dinner. I don’t know how in the last week I’ve become this bold knit-in-public sort of girl, but it’s been liberating. I notice people giving the work a peek, but no one has asked me what I’m working on or what I’m doing. Heck, last night we stopped a woman with a clipboard to ask her what the heck she was doing (a project for a city planning class), so I’m fully prepared for the questions, but none are forthcoming.
This pair of Pomatomus (no picture yet, sorry) is a renewed effort on the pair for the boy’s mom. Since I used the original yarn for his tie, I went with my Lisa Souza yarn in Peacock. It’s a beautifully deep but bright blue, and the scaly, watery look of the socks works very nicely with the color. I continued with my plan to knit one sock toe up and the other top down, to get scales going in opposite directions. I read up on the Widdershins heel, which works for reversing the heel flap heel shaping, though I had to do a zillion more increases than the actual Widdershins pattern calls for, and I don’t know if it’s going to match exactly. I’m sure it will be close enough. I had to redo the heel flap a few times, because I was finessing how to handle the p2togs (tbl? normal? in the end, I twisted the first stitch of the two to be p2togged and p2togged normally, which gives something approximating the ktbl that makes these socks so awesome), and now I’m firmly ensconced in the leg. Going top down shouldn’t be a big problem, but figuring out where the heel gets placed to make the socks “identical” is going to be tricky: the length of the foot didn’t come out to a complete pattern repeat, so it’s “off” a little bit (like, turned to the side . . . it’s hard to explain). Eh, I’ll get it close enough and no one will be the wiser!
Still, I’m a little bored with socks at the moment, and I’m thinking of taking two weeks off in preparation for Socktoberfest! A felted laptop bag will be just the thing to divert my attention; I’m not sure I can go two full weeks.