Songs on repeat on my iPod:
- Fort Minor – Where’d you go?
- James Blunt – You’re beautiful
- The Fray – Over my head (cable car)
- Toad the Wet Sprocket – Walk on the ocean
- Vanessa Mae – Devil’s Trill
- Lacuna Coil – Comalies (the whole album)
Lessons learned from my cotton sock (one down, one to go):
- All cotton yarn is not created equal. Meilenweit Maya is nice to work with and feels good to wear.
- How to increase by picking up part of the stitch below (You’re putting me on pattern).
- You can pick up stitches with a tapestry needle when the stitch is too tight to get the knitting needle in.
- It’s possible to do a heel flap on a toe-up sock. I still prefer the Sherman heel but now I know an alternate.
- How to shift the pivot point for magic loop from side to front and back. Doesn’t have to be nearly so dramatic as I made it.
- Lace is wider than stocking stitch. This isn’t always a problem, especially when you were planning some minor leg shaping and forgot.
- Do not attempt lace when you’re tired, you WILL mess it up. Not once, but three times! Even really simple lace from the Dublin Bay sock pattern.
- Someone’s unloved sock yarn is someone else’s cool pair of socks.
Places that sell nifty stuff:
- Levenger (paper, pens, reader’s tools, bags, books, highly useful stuff)
- ThinkGeek (gadgets, caffeine, and many excellent t-shirts)
- Digital Blasphemy (beautiful desktop wallpaper, check out the free gallery and user gallery too)
- Crown Mountain Farms (fibre and yarn and other useful stuff)
- Powells (good quality second hand books, based in Portland, Oregon)
- Teavana (loose-leaf teas and tea-making paraphernalia)
- Whole Foods (their hemp/cotton t-shirts are cooler than cotton ones)