I finished the first sock. Hooray! See, George approves! Since I chose to knit it on the larger of the two needle sizes recommended, it became obvious once I started the foot that it would be substantially too large for Rachel. However, it does fit me pretty well. It is a little loose in the foot, not baggy, but not snug. Actually, it's kind of nice, since I'm so used to socks that are tight. And I LOVE this self-patterning yarn. You wouldn't believe all the comments I get from people when I'm knitting in public.
I also discovered my Local Yarn Store (LYS) this week. I've been taking a break from the sock to work on a project for my sister's baby (not due 'till March, but I wanted to finish in time!). And it calls for a crocheted section. So of course, Micheal's has the crochet needles that bracket the size I need, but not the actual one I need. It was the perfect excuse to visit the store.
I've been sort of aware of the LYS all along, it's actually across the street from our church. I just hadn't really thought about it given my new obsession. Probably just as well, it's got loads of gorgeous yarns and extremely nice people, and they offer classes. Would you believe I bought the crochet hook and NO YARN? Really!
Ok, that's because it was too hard to choose, and I have yarn for, like, 6 projects already. I did buy two books and I'm signing up on their website for the class schedule. They have a whole room dedicated to sock yarns, so once I get one pair done, and maybe get a little faster, I can buy more of the self-patterning stuff.
The best thing? I'm talking to the woman about sock knitting, and she kicks off her shoe and pulls up her pantleg to show me something on the sock that she's wearing. That she knitted. I've entered a whole new world...
In papercrafting news, I actually made progress finding my desktop this week. Believe it or not, this picture represents siginificant progress. Previously, there was not an inch that was clear. And most of the stuff (the jars) is just awaiting an appropriate home location, as it's new. Ok, new-ish, I bought it at the warehouse sale this fall.