in die Hose*

Well, things are going slightly more according to plan today. In that I’m only about an hour behind on my imaginary schedule. Turns out a lot of the apartments I was looking at in NJ are utterly craptastic; thus, the list of possibilities had to be revised and further reviews sought. Grad students do not make enough money to live within even moderate driving distance of IvyU, but I’m doing my best to find something somewhat nearby.

But on to knitting. Not really much happening with that lately.

The lichen ribbed socks are progressing — I turned the heel last night:

For some reason, I’m not as in love with this simple ribbed sock as I was with the madder ribbed version. I don’t know if it’s the yarn, the construction, or what. The Welsh Heel was a bit of a challenge (because I needlessly modified the number of stitches, more on that later) and I’m not sure I got it right, even on the second try. But I left it as is. It wasn’t going to get any better. And, to be honest, my sister will neither notice nor care about the two strangely unknit yarn overs at the heel. Maybe the second sock will go better?

I also started some lace, the ubiquitous Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark.

So far, so good.

I’m only on the fifth of 14 pattern repeats in the main body of the shawl, but it’s pretty easy knitting — I’ve only had one misplaced yarn over incident, which I caught soon enough to avoid total disaster, if not quite a bit of tinking back — as long as I remember to pay attention to what I’m doing.

The yarn (Trekking pro natura in some kind of crazy red) is wonderful — I’m really digging the sheen of the bamboo and the differences in color where the fibers picked up the dye differently. Lovely stuff.

Now, I must get down to work.

*c’mon: a little German never hurt anyone.

p.s. WordPress, could you do whatever computer thing needs to be done so that I can insert photos and links using only ONE browser?  I don’t mind which, just please make up your mind.  Thanks.


2 thoughts on “in die Hose*

  1. The Swallowtail Shawl is looking great! I need to knit one sometime very soon.

    Good luck with the apt hunt.

  2. geez, you must have an amazing sock drawer! every time i visit your blog, i come away wanting to knit more socks.

    good luck with the apartment search. i don’t envy you, rents are outrageous!

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