Princess got back from Northern Alberta in the middle of the night. Mercifully the Lad was on pick-up / driver duty so I didn't have to get up and drive to the airport in the snow. But they didn't end up rolling in until 4:00 this morning because they went for coffee with friends.
I'm not sure why Tim Hortons is actually open in the middle of the night, but there it is.
Anyway, yesterday was Princess' birthday. She's a quarter of a century old. Which means that I'm almost a half century old, but I choose not to think of that right now. La la la la la. I'm not listening.....
So naturally I have knitted her socks. She gets two pairs -- the Fort Mac Socks and the Canon Hand Dyes Cheshire Cat socks which were originally going to be for me before she fell in love with them.
So here they are.
The Fort Mac Socks. I find that sometimes when I knit socks, particularly with BMFA STR, one sock is darker than the other. It's not just a trick of the light. The light sock is on top and the dark sock is underneath.
I then switched their positions to put the dark one on top, and it is clearly still darker.
And yes, it's interesting how the spirals kind of match up.
So that's pair number 1.
Pair number two:
I do love the saturated colours of the Canon Hand Dyed yarns. I did a stockinette heel and toe, but twisted the knit row stitches (every other row) to see if that would make them a little more durable. We shall see.
The bummer is that now I have no more CHD yarns in my stash. Except for the Minis club shipment which arrived.
I was stalking the mailbox every day last week because I knew the minis club (which was ordered in October) had shipped out the previous week. But nothing, nothing, nothing. On the Wednesday I got a little excited because someone in Ontario had received their package. There was faint hope. But there was nothing in the mailbox Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. So I resigned myself to the fact that the Minis Club order would arrive this week.
Then on Saturday there was a knock on the door and the dogs went crazy. At the door was a man with a big dog (hence the dog crazy), and he had my CHD parcel. It was mis-placed in his mailbox.
And you wonder why I am so scornful and derisive of Canada Post? Amy Lee very clearly printed the address and the house number in block capitals. With a thin-tipped Sharpie. So there should have been no reason why the Canada Post person ended up putting it in someone else's mailbox.
Anyway. Here's what arrived. These were Saturday's photos.
The yarn base is her Charles sock - it's an 80/20 MN and is a pebbled two-ply.
The little skeinlets are 5g each and range between 18 and 20 yards. There are 24 of them. So I think together they make the equivalent of a skein of yarn, so I will have about 700 yards or so to play with.
This is destined to be a stripey cowl. I am going to shamelessly copy Erica's beautiful cowl, but using these colours.
And it is going to be a cowl for me.
Why is it that my knitting mojo returns full force when I have not enough time to do it? I have a pair of vanilla self-striping socks for Princess on the go, plus a pair of Smokestack socks in TFA Purple Label in Amber (discontinued colour), plus my hedera-esque, Bjork, and the second Ordo ex Chao all on the needles. And of course I'm itching to cast on the peacock cowl.
So I leave you with Bad Baz, Bad Baz and Bastian, and Leonard looking rakish in a pirate hat.