This was going to be a long post, featuring, among other things, my thoughts on different socks heels and their wearability (after a week at work wearing handknitted socks, with different heels on). But then stuff kept happening over the weekend, and I kept meaning to post and didn't find time. And today I've been trying to catch up with some work, as I'm having the tonsillectomy tomorrow and needed to get some money earnt before that! And the joy and rapture at the thought of another Incapacity Benefit form to fill in tomorrow. Oh Grrrrrrr. Of course, the operation might be cancelled, in which I'll be back tomorrow going GRRRRR in a very big way. But otherwise, I'll only be in hospital for the day, but am then going to stay with Mum so my internet access will be a little limited. Which probably means no blog posts for about a fortnight. I'm already behind (as usual!) with reading other people's blogs, and I'm going to be even more behind soon, so apologies there...
The weekend disappeared (apart from a lovely fluffy Knit Lincs meeting) under a pile of boring mundane things, like altering curtains, washing socks and attaching heat reflector panels behind the radiators (I do have an exciting life, don't I?!)
Supposedly these bits of bobbly plastic will cut my heating bills by 20% and mean I don't have to have the heating on as much. They're very Blue Peter to fix, involving copious quantities of double-sided sticky tape, and lots of trying to wiggle them in behind radiators.
I have been knitting, and there should be more pictures, but again, time and the total lack of decent light (apart from about 2 hours around lunch time!) mean that there's not a lot to show:
This is my first Mermaid sock completed. The pattern is from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet" book and is supposedly at "Sock Goddess" level. Am I really a sock goddess? I don't think so, it was actually quite an easy pattern once you get into it. Lucy is also very good at talking you through what you're doing in the pattern. It can make it look intimidating, as each pattern goes on for pages, but a lot of it is different options for cuffs, heels and toes. The yarn is the Opal Seide 4ply, which my One Skein SP Angel, Maylin, sent me. The garter stitch cuff and short row heel are on 2mm needles, the rest on 2.5mm. I also really like the way Lucy explains short row heels, I think they're the clearest instructions I've used, although it does look slightly intimidating - at one point I had 7 DPNs on the go!
I also have Noa and Devan on the needles at the moment, but you'll have to be patient to see pics of them!
So bye for now, and I really hope I'm not back posting tomorrow...