A bit late or a bit early with my update for this week – take your pick. Last week was a rough one. My elderly cat suffered a stroke on Tuesday mid-morning and while the vet said “maybe she’ll regain some function”, it was obvious that she wasn’t improving, so Thursday I made the difficult decision to have her put down. She wasn’t able to stand up on her own and she could only sit up if I supported her. We luckily have a great vet in our area who does house calls, so Emma and I sat in the sun in her favorite napping spot and then she was able to go quietly and relatively stress-free here at home. She was the most personable, quirky little personality and had been my constant companion for 16 years, so her loss is greatly felt here not only by the humans, but also her dog BFF.
Here’s what I’ve been working on this week, craft-wise, however.
3 Leaves Socks: I’ve finished sock #1 and have cast-on for sock #2. These are gorgeously patterned with twisted stitches in three leaf motifs up the front of the leg and on the top of the foot. While I am enjoying working on these and they will be beautiful when finished, I’m still not sold on toe-up socks. I do think Judy’s Magic Cast-on is brilliant and I would use it again if faced with the prospect of another toe-up pair, but I won’t be rushing to do more of those. I’m using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in Pacific, which is showing off the patterning beautifully, I think.
I’ve also been working away on my second Musselburgh Hat, which I’m knitting for my husband. He requested a deep turn-up brim, so I’m knitting this a bit longer than the pattern indicates, but I have finished the exterior (which is Sweet Sparrow Yarns’ Owl base – SW merino/yak/nylon in the Changeling colorway) and started the super-soft lining in a contrast color (Wooly Wonka Fibers Aerten Sock, which has cashmere in it and will be extra warm). It’s been my appointment/travel/waiting room knit this week and is the perfect mindless project when I’ve needed it.
I have also been keeping up with my Quiet Voices advent box from Suburban Stitcher. I really love these nontraditional, soft neutrals Dianne dyed up for this year. I’m using the sock yarn doubled (so a DK weight) and am getting 2 blanket squares out of a single miniskein with virtually no leftovers. I currently have 26 blocks made and am on my way to 50 total. I did decide on a simple joining technique for them and I’ll add a lace border in a neutral/undyed cream yarn when I’m done.
Last, but not least, I have been putting stitches into my A Long Winter’s Nap project. The chart is from Heaven and Earth Designs and it’s a full coverage cross-stitch piece. I just hit the 40% mark on it this week and it’ll be my project for most of the month. I plan to work on it until Christmas Day and then I will switch to something else…. likely a new start on a project in memory of Emma.
That’s it for me this week. Hard to believe we are only 10 days out from Christmas already!