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I finally found my good camera! I thought it was still packed, but I discovered that I had put it in a “safe” place and forgotten about it. It was only when I was looking for something else that I found it and realized how silly I’d been! I finished the first of my Jaywalkers and have started on the second:

Jaywalker!

I really like the way the yarn knit up in that first sock. I love the color and LOVE the yarn! I’ve put them on hold as my main project because I remembered something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now: knit stockings! This will be our first Christmas in a real house and I want Joshua to have a real stocking hanging on the stairs this year. I had a disastrous attempt last year, but this time I’ve worked out the size I want and am making up a pattern as I go. I love the yarn (Patons Classic Wool) and I love the colors (muted, but still Christmassy). I’m really enjoying this and I plan to knit more than one for my family this year.

Stocking

It’s 8″ wide and I’m still deciding how long I want it. I’m going to duplicate-stitch Joshua’s name on it later and go with a white heel and toe with stripes for the rest. I love it so far!

Joshua is starting KINDERGARTEN in just over a week! I’m so excited and so is he. We’ve been busy planning for school and visiting with family. We drove up to Rochester this past weekend with my mother and younger sister to visit my older sister and brother-in-law and nephew for his second birthday party. His actual birthday is this Friday but she planned the party to not fall on Labor Day weekend so that people could actually attend. It was a fun time, but a long drive and we’re exhausted. I did get a good amount of knitting done, but not as much as I’d hoped.

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I went to the knitting group again last night. They weren’t kidding when they said it was huge on Mondays. There were SO MANY knitters there, it was awesome. I met a bunch of nice girls and got to talk about some of my favorite things (ah, like my love for Jason Segel!). I also managed to finish (including Kitchenering the toe and weaving in the ends) Danny’s socks! So the first one took more than a month and the second less than a week? So strange, but so it goes. I still can’t find my good camera (and I unpacked a lot more stuff looking for it) but at least these photos were taken in the daytime, so the color is more accurate.

Danny's Socks

These were knit on US1 needles with Cascade Heritage Paints color 9872. I have plenty of leftovers from the skein and I’m thinking of maybe striping the green leftovers with these grey ones for some ankle socks. We’ll see.

After I got home last night I asked my boyfriend to help me wind up some Socks That Rock (a Valentine’s gift from him) so I could start a new pair. We wanted to watch Buffy at the same time, though, so I let him off the hook (he’s never seen it before – we’re currently in Season 2) and wound it myself. It took a while to figure out the right rhythm, but I finally have a center-pull ball that I’m proud of. I started working on a pair of Jaywalkers because I’ve knit a lot of Monkey socks and I really like the Jaywalkers I got from Sockapalooza.

Socks That Rock!

This is Socks That Rock Lightweight in Turquoise, US1 needles, and the Jaywalker pattern. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! It’s my first Socks That Rock and so far I like it. I have one other skein, of Silkie STR, also from v-day. It makes me so happy to finally be able to knit it!

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Knitting Group

While the large task of unpacking is still underway, the living room is finally livable (I even have a knitting corner!) and that was the biggest burden. I’ve begun knitting again! I stopped for quite a while in there because everything was packed away and I couldn’t justify sitting and knitting when there was work to be done. But now the work is nearly finished and knitting helps take the edge off.

I’ve been working on Danny’s socks because they’re small and portable and I actually have enough yarn to finish them. I’d had the first one languishing for nearly two months because I only knit it intermittently while I worked on the “baby” blanket and Percy, but it was the only readily accessible project, so I finished that one off three days ago. And in some actual knitting time I’ve somehow managed to turn the heel of the mate.

I took a crappy photo just now. Crappy because a) it’s really late and so the light is artificial and b) I discovered that I cannot find my camera. It’s in one of the still-packed boxes and while I looked where I thought it was… it wasn’t. But that’s a hunt for another day. I found the camera that only photographs well in bright natural light and since I don’t have that readily available I ended up with a crappy photo.

Danny's Socks

And tonight (well, Thursday night) I went to a knitting group for the first time in a very long time. I’ve moved around so much (from Islip to Bayside to Elmont to Franklin Square and finally to Hicksville) that I haven’t had a chance to find a steady knitting group. The issue of a car and a babysitter always came up, too. But now that we live with my boyfriend and it’s a pretty permanent thing, I was finally able to consider a knitting group.

I looked on Ravelry and found a group that meets in the Panera that’s about 10 minutes from home. I was VERY nervous about going because I’m always shy around new people. But I’m so glad I went! I met a bunch of really funny really nice women and the time just flew! I got to knit on the sock (and rip out most of the heel flap because I found a messed up stitch that I couldn’t fix) and just talk and relax and enjoy being with other knitters. I felt so good on the drive home and I gushed to Danny about it for quite a while when I got home.

I’m still pretty excited about everything, but it’s super-late now and sleep really should have happened quite a while ago. I will take more, better photos when I find my camera. And I will be able to update with more regularity now that we’re pretty settled in the new house.

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