Updates with a FO

I don’t exactly remember when I finished these socks which I call Corn on the Cob. I think it was around Thanksgiving time, but I love how they turned out.
Corn on the Cob socks
Yarn: Handmaiden Casbah (80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon) in dandelion
Pattern: Pablo Deep by Knitting Pixie–it’s free!
Mods: I split the repeats at the heel flap differently than the pattern; instead of 2 repeats for the instep I did 1/2 + 1 + 1/2. I also did an eye of partridge heel flap.
Corn on the Cob socks, detail
The dandelion looked great in all the stitch patterns, and the cashmere made it so wonderfully soft.
Corn on the Cob socks, cuffs
I like patterns where the cuff pattern feeds well into the leg pattern, and Pablo Deep does this really well.
Corn on the Cob socks, on feet
It’s hard to take pictures of one’s own feet! But the socks fit really well.

In WIP news, the Guernsey Wrap is 5/6 done! Here it is on the couch-o-meter. Soon a FO!
Guernsey Wrap on couch-o-meter
I did get a little bored knitting this, so I took a little break to start a Celtic Cabled Neckwarmer by Lindsay Henricks (another free pattern) in some Malabrigo twist in grapes.
Celtic Cable Neckwarmer: wip-2
I had to knit some cables! This is a fun and easy cable project. And purple cables are the best.
Celtic Cable Neckwarmer: wip-1

The knitting is helping to keep me sane, as is, somewhat surprisingly, the codeyear course in Javascript from Code Academy. Finding two professional jobs in the same location is a bit of a trick, but M is confident we can do it. I keep reminding myself that he is almost always right, and this is one time when I won’t find that annoying!

Forward into 2012

As usual, M and I spent two weeks over the holidays in the Midwest visiting family. It was fun but exhausting. I have to show you my parents’ Christmas tree. I took this photo with the camera on the floor looking up. The tree was over 15 feet tall.
Mom and Dad's Christmas Tree: 2011
I had some nice presents under that tree on Christmas morning including enough of this lovely Quince and Co. Osprey yarn in Cypress to knit Leaflet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald from Knitty First Fall 2011. I love the dark blue-green of the yarn, and I may start this vest soon.
Osprey in cypress

You may remember my disappointment with the Rose Quartz colorway in the STR lightweight, a.k.a. the lunchmeat-colored yarn. Well, Kristy of Eleven Stitches, who has a delightful blog, mentioned that she had recently purchased some STR in PeePee Weepkins, and she thought it was a lovely pink. M decided I should have it, and he also bought me a skein of Jabberwocky, which due to my keeping a list of STR colors I like on my Evernote, he knew I would also like. PeePee Weepkins, is NOT a lunchmeat pink, and I am looking forward to knitting with it.
Christmas STR from M

Even though, I had NO TIME to knit even ONE stitch over the holidays, I have since picked up my string and sticks and have made some progress on the Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood, which I am knitting in Quince and Co. Lark in Lupine. I didn’t think I would have enough yarn, even though I have 100 yd more than the pattern called for, and I have gauge, but I needn’t have worried; I have enough.
Guernsey Wrap: WIP

And if that doesn’t keep me busy enough, I signed up to learn how to code in Java during Code Year at Codeacademy. It’s free, and I should be able to code in Java by the end of the year. We’ll see how it goes. I like the mental challenge, and with a PhD in biochemistry, I think I should be able to learn how to do this. The logic is different, but the coding is logical. I did go out and buy a book about Java, but I don’t know how important that will be (it wasn’t suggested by the course).
Java book
If I start writing blog posts with lots of semi-colons and curly brackets, you’ll know the coding drove me off the deep end!

I hope your New Year is off to a great start!