Yeah, it’s been a while. An embarrassingly long time, in fact. And the reason is, I haven’t really been knitting.
I’ve only been knitting in fits and starts. I’m kind of monogamous with my obsession. Usually, I’m either knitting or reading. However, my reading and knitting were both recently derailed by a chance genealogical breakthrough that grabbed my attention for quite some time.
A class and get-together with some knitting friends seems to have shaken me out of it for a bit, and even though the thermometer hit a hundred today (before a freaky much-needed thundershower), I picked up my wool Kerouac Sweater and worked on the button band a bit more. I’m at the part where you have to sew the band on a bit, and then work a buttonhole, then sew on a bit more band, etc. I’m sweating like crazy, but it’s nice to see some progress. A few more hours of sewing and knitting, and then it’s all over except for getting some buttons and a bit of blocking. Just in time to put it away for six months while I wait out the hotbox that is Texas in summertime.
Last month, Jeff and I made a short trip to Big Bend National Park, one of our favorite getaways. We did some hiking, saw some spectacular desert scenery and wildlife (no bears this time), and I cast on for some toe-up sock. I’m using the yarn I dyed with Doug and plan to use my first afterthought heel, courtesy of some excellent videos posted by Janelle. The pattern is the Broad Spiral Rib from Charlene Schurch’s More Sensational Knitted Socks.
So I’m back at it.