Whoa, that was a long blogging break I took! Wonder if anyone will still be reading this... :)
I went to the beach again with my parents for a long Easter weekend, and as per our usual, there was lots of knitting happening, and some yarn shop stops on the way down.
First my knitting progress:
I've finally finished my Stashbuster Spirals for the Six Sox KAL, and although I didn't much enjoy the constant fiddling to keep the yarns untangled, I actually did enjoy the construction of this sock. I loooove the figure 8 cast on for the toe. Yes, it's a little on the fiddly side as well, but it looks so good when it's done, and it fits me very well. I think I'd pick another short row heel besides the Sherman heel, but I did like the idea of adding the gusset stitches at the heel and will probably use that on my next toe-up sock.
And speaking of my next sock, this is one I cast on at the beach and finished on the ride back home. I'm using some Sockotta yarn that I had in my stash. It's going with the green theme that many of my current knits have taken on. I'm using Knitty's Crusoe pattern; I've been really intrigued by it since seeing Julia's version. I'm sure I've seen it before wandering through the Knitty archives, but had never paid much attention to it. It's a fun pattern to knit, and goes quickly. And I've avoided the dread second sock syndrome by casting on for sock #2 last night. Woohoo!
And still speaking of socks, my Sockapalooza pal finally got the socks I made her. Her name is Jackie, and her blog is Creating Me. She reports that the fit is great!
The stops on the way to the beach were quite productive for me... I found some buttons for my Leaf Cardi in Chapel Hill, and had them sewn onto the sweater before we got to the mall in Durham! Here's and up-close view of the buttons I got, and here I am, happy that the buttons are on and I can move on to the next thing.