It's a good thing my husband recovered from his bee sting reaction quickly because he's been spending the last several days taking care of me. I don't know if it's the flu, but it kicked my rear end hard. I'm feeling a bit better today, though still a little weak, and I promise I'm not trying to annoy everyone in my house when I can't decide whether I'm hot or cold. I'm behind in housework (though hubby and The Girl did a lot for me over the weekend) and blog reading (curse you, Google Reader!) and I totally missed Mailbox Monday yesterday (I'll do a double post next week), but at least I wasn't too sick to read.
Anyway...Diary of an Eccentric started two years ago to be mainly a knitting blog, but since I turned my focus to books, there hasn't been much knitting going on. Actually, I think the only clue that I knit is my blog header. But my fingers were itching for the needles and wool, and I recently finished my first knitting project in about a year:
I knit these socks for Serena for her birthday (and in the pictures below, those are her lovely feet modeling them). They were supposed to be part of her Christmas gift, but it had been months since I'd knit anything when I started these in December. Let's just say I was a bit rusty and made a lot of mistakes. About 10 rows from finishing the toe on the second sock, I dropped a stitch down a dozen or so rows to fix a twisted stitch (something I'd been known to do in the past without freaking out)...and it all went to hell.
I kindly told Serena that her annual pair of socks was on hold. I put down the needles and backed far, far away for fear I would make another mistake or throw the unfinished sock out of the window, needles and all.
But over the past month, I decided it was high time to finish these suckers, and lo and behold, I was able to unknit about 12 rows, fix my mistake, and finish the sock without any major problems. Thankfully, Serena loves them! I absolutely love knitting socks, but I don't do it for just anyone. ;)
Here are the Aqua Jaywalkers details if you're interested:
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: 2 hanks of Claudia's Handpainted Fingering 55 (45% merino wool, 55% silk) in Teal Party
Needles: U.S. 2 (Susan Bates, aluminum DPNs)
Started: Dec. 2008
Finished: Aug. 9, 2009
The Jaywalker pattern is my favorite sock pattern (Serena's too). I've completed two pairs for myself, and two other pairs for Serena.
I finished up these socks as part of Dewey's Knit-a-Long.
Now I think I'll go take a nap...