Some old, some new

I had a blog post all written up, and was going to hit Publish rather soon-ish (“soon-ish” being a relative term), but changed my mind, and deleted it. Yup, I deleted the whole thing. On purpose! Poof. Gone. I had waxed eloquent about what I haven’t done this year, but that’s boring. Right? Who cares what I haven’t done. That’s ancient history. No, that’s not right. What I haven’t done isn’t history, because it didn’t happen. What I have done, now that is history. So, a little history… I’ve released five new designs so far this year, one part of a club (Great White will be available in July), one that I knit more than a year ago (Summer Blues is finally available), and a few other things (Conifer, Collegiate, and Tea Leaves). I designed and knit a secret project that will be available on June 10 (keep a lookout on Ravelry), and I’m working on a new secret project—beads, it has lots of beads—that will be available later in the year, as well as a nice purple cardigan with lace fronts and sleeves. The purple sweater is my Monday knit night project, since it has no deadline, and I can’t work on the secret project in public. The above photo is the partially done first sleeve of this new cardigan. The back and fronts are all done. The pins help me keep track of the rows where I’ve done the increases.

Summer is coming, and June is starting with a bit of travel. I didn’t think I’d be going, but it turns out that I’ll be heading to D.C. for TNNA about 2½ weeks from now. This west coast girl has never been to Washington, D.C.! I’m excited to be going. I do wish I could stay for several weeks, take in all the sights… I really want to visit the Smithsonian, and everything else, with my husband, but he’s not going on this trip. That’s okay. I’ll be busy enough for the both of us while I’m gone. I’ll get to see old friends, and meet some new ones. I’ll be staying with some other designers in a nice apartment just a couple blocks from the convention center, which is totally cool. One of the ladies will be bringing fresh bagels with her from New York City for our breakfast Saturday morning. I’m trying to make plans for meeting up with folks. I’m also making my list of the yarn vendors that I want to see, again some old, some new. I know I’ll take some knitting with me, mostly for the plane ride. I rarely knit at these things. My brain is too full, and my body too tired. The socks I currently have on the go will be the perfect travel project.

sock

The yarn is Austermann Step, and the color is Aubergine Easy, which is mostly a lovely purple with bits of green and a muted orange in it. As you can see, the first sock is done, and I’ve cast on for the second one. I’m not sure if the first one is going to stay done. It might be a bit too short, which makes it a tiny sock, because my feet are so unbelievably short for my height. We’ll see. If it needs fixing, I’ll do it after the second sock is done. I wanted an easy, brainless sock, so I’m not following any pattern, just a basic formula for a 64-stitch cuff-down sock. Sometimes something brainless is the perfect thing to knit, especially when dead tired after spending the day on my feet, running around a convention center, while talk- talk- talking all day long. Sometimes after all that, and that drink or two with dinner, even a brainless sock project is too much. I won’t find out until I get there.

Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
Joseph Parry