Trying to figure out what you did with one sock 6 months ago while knitting sock2. Apparently I did write some “pattern notes” down. But common sense would tell you that would involve me keeping them and or actually looking at them.
My 2×2 alternating socks have different toes. Oh well. I thought casting on a different number of stitches was a good idea. I knew they didn’t look right, but really who cares. I apparently actually put it in the pattern notes on Rav how many stitches I cast on the first time. Who would have thought I did that. I did re knit the heel of sock2 when it was clearing an inch longer than sock1. So now I am chugging away on the cuff. I had a piece of paper where I wrote down the increases for the calf shaping I was attempting (ie making up as I went along). Some how I lost it. Great. At least it’s only a 2×2 rib that I have to count.
In order to use all the yarn, I have a feeling these are going to end up being knee high socks or nearly knee highsocks. I have almost an entire ball left (not including the stuff attached to needles right now) and the mostly done sock on waste yarn is mid calf already.
I’m back from New Orleans. My whore of a cat is being super snuggly. Don’t tell him I am leaving again this week, he might actually attempt to get into suit case. I had a great trip. New Orleans is a fun town and my cousins are super fantastic.
My aunt took me to Garden District Needle Works. Very lovely staff – nice selections of yarns. I did manage to find the Jade Sapphire cashmere in 3.5 seconds. It’s a skill I have. Pretty decent sock yarn collection – koigu, Claudia Hand paints, Jitterbug, Cascade fixation, Regia and some others. I wasn’t able to find something truly unique to their store with my yarn shopping. But I did pick up a few skeins Sugar Rush in red – 100% sugar cane viscose. It feels similar to bamboo. It’s soft and red and lovely. I think I missed the memo that said if you needlepoint/cross stitch you should live in New Orleans. Maybe it’s the southern thing, but all the yarn stores I visited doubled as needle point stores too. They did have a great selections of patterns for needle point that were unique to their store. These ornaments are mostly canvases of local places that you stitch up and then bring them back to the store for professional finishing. Pretty cool.
I made the boy cousins visit the Quarter Stitch while we were in the French Quarter. They had a wall of malabrigo. So you know I was in a little bit of yarn heaven right there. I picked up two skeins in the Mardi Gras color way that the owner says they dye for them. Not sure if it’s true, but it’s VERY New Orleans-ish and therefore needed to come live with me. I didn’t make the boys stay for too long, so I can’t give the full recap of all the pretty things in the store.
After our walk around the French Quarter we ventured down to Cafe du Monde which is one of my favorite places in the entire world. They have delicious coffee and beignets covered in heaps of powdered sugar. The best parts are they are open 24 hours a day and it’s only about 3 dollars for coffee and doughnuts. A little bit of heaven right there. Despite it being just above freezing there was still a large crowd and a mad dash for any open table.
I have a few days to recover before it’s off to Paris. Kitty will be sad. But for now I think I will go make some delicious cafe du monde coffee in my keurig and venture off to work for a couple hours.