I don’t mean to keep dropping out of blogland for weeks at a time, but I just can’t seem to keep up lately. I’d like to get in the habit of writing here more regularly again. So, here goes.
So, what have I been up to lately? Well, being really sick, for one, but also visiting NYC for a conference. It was my first time in NYC, and the weather was absolutely amazing, so despite being sick, it was a wonderful trip. The conference went well (I presented a couple of posters and got really good feedback), and I got to spend time with several of my NYC knitting friends! Most especially Tina, who was kind enough to offer me a place to stay, and was the most wonderful hostess. I got to see The Blanket in person, and it is even more amazing than it is in photos, let me tell you! I also got to take a break from the conference to go to lunch and Purl with Kim and Karen, which was a blast! I picked up a little bit of yarn to bring home with me as a treat:
Apparently I was very much in the mood for green! I got a couple different shades of green in Spud & Chloë Fine, and a skein of mottled green Koigu. The Spud & Chloë, I intend to use to make a double-knit hat, and the Koigu, I think I will make into some fingerless mitts.
The third day of the conference was also our 5th wedding anniversary! I was really sad to be stuck on the other side of the state for our big day, but we’re planning to make up for the missed celebration with a trip down to a B&B near Ithaca towards the end of April.
My last day in NYC, I got to go out for brunch with Tina, Limonene and Anne-Marie, and then take a nice walk through part of Central Park, before hauling all of my stuff down to Penn Station to take the train back home. I really enjoyed spending time with them, and getting see Central Park, which I previously only knew through Law & Order episodes. Since getting back, I have been completely and utterly swamped with grading and other work for the enormous class I’m TAing, so I’m only just now getting a chance to catch up on things a little bit.
While I was on the train, I sketched out the pattern for the Neuron Socks, which are coming along quite nicely (after a few rounds of ripping and reknitting, of course, but that’s how it always goes when you’re making up patterns rather than following them!). I am so absurdly excited about this pattern, you guys! I seriously cannot wait to share it with y’all. My only worry is that I won’t find the time to knit both socks in time for Elinor’s contest. I’m just so busy! But it’s my first crafty priority at the moment, so here’s hoping I can knit two pairs of knee-high socks in less than 20 days. Oy.
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You don’t need to knit both before submitting the pattern, do you? Just wondering.
An LYS here just starting selling Spud and Chloe a few months ago. I’m in love with all the yarn from that line!
Actually, according to the rules of the contest, I’m pretty sure I do have to knit both! We’ll see if I can make it happen.
This was my first time seeing the Spud and Chloe yarns in person…they’re wonderful!
Good to hear from you! You have chosen some very delightful colors of green – they seem very hopeful and springy.
Thanks! I think I was craving spring when I picked out those yarns…thankfully, spring is on its way!
Sorry to hear you haven’t feeling well! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip though, and congrats on your anniversary!
You sure picked up some beautiful yarns, I’m excited to see them knit up :)
Thanks! It’s too bad I couldn’t bring my husband with me to NYC for our anniversary…that would’ve been even better!
Drop in and out as much as you like if you’re going to come back with delicious springy green yarn photos, my friend! :) Glad you had a good time in the big city, and happy anniversary!
Four knee socks in 20 days, plus all the other balls you keep in the air? That *is* ambitious! Maybe you could just knit one of each for the contest? I can’t wait for the unveiling, anyway!
Oh, goodness, I just realized that I wrote “both pairs” instead of “both socks”…I’m really only knitting one *pair* of knee socks! My brain is just so fried lately :)