First off -- all of my yarn has been baked and sealed into its own private little zip-lock freezer bag. It took two and a half days. I shudder to see my gas bill for this month. But I saw NO more evidence of moth infestation in anything and it should all be well protected now. Zowie, what a nightmare.
On to more fun things! I got my Interweave Knits Holiday issue at the bookstore last week and fell in love with the Huckleberry Scarf. I fell more in love when I realized that I needed 2 skeins of worsted weight Alpaca and that I actually HAD that in my stash -- a gift from juliepersons. So I happily cast on and knit on it. 2 days later -- ta da!
I had to go up a needle size to get gauge -- but if I could do it over again, I would knit with the smaller needles and be slightly under gauge. The problem is that the weight of the heavier ends with the bobbles stretch things out quite a bit - much more so than your gauge swatch will do! So, this is - I think - a bit bigger than the pattern intends. At least from looking at the photograph of the pattern. (Yes, I could take mine out and measure it against the measurements -- but it's knit and I'm done and I'm too lazy to pull it out and see if it's "right" or "wrong". It's what it is and it's lovely.)
Nice to have a Finished Object when I have so many unfinished ones on my needles at present.
I did finally bind off on my Solstice Slip sock! A decision has been made. I will carry on and knit sock #2.
I was deeply conflicted about this sock -- I liked the pattern, I loved the yarn (Socks that Rock Lightweight in the "Lucy" colorway.) However, together they just didn't sing. But, I knit on that sock while my daughter was sick and I couldn't bring myself to tear it out. But I couldn't bring myself to cast it off. Even though the heel cup is a leetle too big.
Finally, I decided that I would learn the tubular bind off technique. That way, when I looked at the socks I would think "What a lovely bind off!!" And it is a beautiful bind off. I really, really like it and think it will become my standard for toe-up socks. It's stretchy, it's pretty, it's simple. Especially if you've ever done the sewn bind-off. It's a snap. And ain't it purty? Even unblocked - as this sock is -- it's pretty.
Now I begin on #2.