I started a post yesterday but then I deleted it because it was really whiny on Do I want this sock to be like the pattern or not? I decided that I DO want it to be more like the pattern than not. I was going to change the cuff from the "anal" cuff to some kind of just plain knitted-like-a-normal-person ribbed cuff because the Sideways Garter Stitch Cuff & I were having "issues". Ok, it got better once I changed the waste yarn to the same kind of yarn as my main yarn (as per the instructions) — & stayed away from it the whole thing for almost 24 hours. Yes, I usually think I know better than the designer & sometimes I do. But not always. Don't you?
I think I'm on my way — but we've still got some major bridges to fling myself off of. The 1st one being when I get this teeny-tiny bit of knitting long enough to go around my leg & do the waste yarn thing on the other side, I get to graft the 2 ends together. Yes, this "anal" sock cuff is knit flat. Then once that bit of magic is complete I get to pick up & knit stitches from the bottom of the now in the round cuff so I can go on & live a beautiful life while knitting the leg of my Mermaid socks.
Since I've got the whole leg to recover from the cuff, I should be ready for the heel. Yes, I want to knit the heel in the pattern. Lucy Neatby calls it a Garter Stitch Short Row Heel. I've never done one of those & I think they look really neat. That heel is the MAIN REASON I'm knitting this sock. Yes, I like the pattern but I. Want. THAT. Heel. Yes, I know I could probably put that heel on ANY sock, but I'm weird & bull-headed that way.
Once I'm past the cuff & am actually on the leg (don't anticipate any problems there, it looks pretty straightforward [touch wood]), I can read the heel directions. over & over & over & . . . about once a round should do it! So we'll see.
Tomorrow morning I go for a haircut. While I'm downtown, I'll stop by my LYS [finally] & order the Cascade Fixation for CIL's sock & pick up my 2 sets of Suzanne's ebony 2.5mm dpns that I ordered a few weeks ago. And, of course, browse the books & yarns. Should be a fun time.
I've been baking a lot, lately. Easy box mixes. Comfort baking. A few days ago, I baked another butter cake & frosted it with chocolate icing. Monday, I baked a pan of chewy brownies. This afternoon, I found a marble cake mix at the store & since the last of the brownies disappeared last night, I made it today & iced it with chocolate icing. Neither Sweetie or I has had marble cake, well, since we each left home, over 30 years ago. I spiced up the chocolate marble part bit with about a half a clove, ground. A bit of clove is supposed to make the chocolate taste more intense. I used to use it all the time, but haven't for a while. I wanted the bit of chocolate marble in this cake to have a bigger punch. Anyway, it's good.
reading: Cat-Eyed Trouble by Robert Skinner
Parting Shot: "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." ~ A. A. Milne