joined another knitting group, a work based one, small, apparently there are four knitters, only three were there today plus me - making a potential five. These knitters meet Wednesday lunchtimes, and knit in the staff room, they were happy to have me join them, and I was happy to be there. There was I'm happy to say more knit talk than work talk, and all were people I'd meet along the way at work but didn't know knitted, I guess they would say the same about me.
I took my sock with me, Embossed Leaves, its growing nicely. I am well past the heel and worked away the gusset while we all knitted and chatted, it was a very pleasant way to spend lunchtime and I hope my time table allows for many more sessions. I had the book the sock was from with me, 25 favorite socks from Interweave Knits, and it did the obligatory pass around the group. There was much discussion 'a whole book of socks!' I had forgotten there are some knitters who have not succumbed to socks yet. I am loving this pattern, it has become easy to remember and knit after only 3 repeats, and looks so pretty with the pale pink and raspberry yarn, a skein of Vintage Purls sock - a second methinks because it had no name.
The huge garter stitch blanket grows, slowly as only it can, on 12mm needles. I've been tracking my progress by ticking off squares as I work them, that helps me remember where I am and what square or corner I'm to knit next. It is the little things that keep me sane sometimes.
Except I've worked six squares not the four ticked off, and now it threatens to overflow the generous basket I found to contain it.
A few last knit things, the latest Vintage Purls sock club arrived - but I forgot to photograph it during daylight hours. Suffice to say that the pattern is clever, left and right feet, and the yarn yummy as always. I'll post photos next time - promise. My knitting elective students hand in tomorrow, I'm expecting a few wristers in both colour work and textures, a few scarves and wraps, a few hats, a lace vest knit in chunky yarn and large needles, jewelery knit in i-cord with rope from the hardware store, a pixie shaped hood started with an i-cord tail, a double layered openwork hat, an openwork mesh vest in black polyester chenille that is a whole lot more designery than my description suggests, a mini hot water bottle cozy that is soooo cute and a colourwork baby sweater with a collar and pockets all knit with no seams. It should be a fun exciting day ..... for me anyway, students always seem to stress over hand ins. I'd love to share the work with you .. but as it is marked and done for class I can't. Suffice to say I hope I have launched 18 new knitters into the world to make it a more colourful place.