Our friends Ashley and Aaron came back this weekend (married!) to pick up Gizmo. It was really nice to have a little more time with them to just hang out, rather than a quick one-night visit like last time. I have to admit that I kind of miss the sound of the little guy’s wheel going in the night, but it’s nice to be able to leave the basement door open without concern!
And! I taught Ashley how to knit! :oD Well, I had taught her a bit last time we were together, but this time we really got into everything. She’d made a few garter stitch potholders before, but she picked out her first “real” project at the yarn store here..socks. Socks! And I don’t mean plain socks, either. She grabbed this braided cable sock pattern and decided that it was the one. I am in awe. The girl is a badass! This picture doesn’t show the colors so well; it’s more purples and pinks than browns and reds. Pretty!
Ashley is such a quick learner, so calm and cool about the whole thing. I’m so proud. At one point, she had to rip out that cuff up there because it was a bit too big, but she just cast right back on and got going again. I’ve never gotten this far in teaching someone how to knit, and it’s been really fun, especially with someone who’s so good at it! I can’t wait to get together again and teach her how to do the heel.
Meanwhile, I’ve been having my own sock adventures. I decided to give continental knitting another go with a pair of Trilobite Socks. I wouldn’t call it a complete disaster (okay, maybe I would), but my final decision is that this technique is not for me. It was really uncomfortable for my hands, and I was getting really frustrated and hating it. I wound up having to rip the sock out anyways because it was too big. Damnit.
Classes start up again Monday, so I’m just trying to enjoy my last bit of summer before it all starts again. I think I’m probably ready to get back into a more set routine, and I am definitely ready for it to be fall. Bring on the cooler weather!