Kip loves him the most, and was so happy to sleep on Jeff. But Henry likes Jeff, too...however, he and Kip don't get along (don't ask me why), so this was as close as he could get to Jeff without having to SEE Kip. Cats are strange creatures.
Our weather this spring has been ridiculous - we've had storm after storm, and then on Monday, this picture was posted on Facebook:
Spotted near the airport, which is a few miles from my house. It never touched down, but eek!!! Do not like seeing a funnel cloud!
Of course, all the rain has made our plants look amazing:
Paco says "it's blooming incredible!"
Did you happen to hear shouting from the rooftops on Wednesday afternoon? No?? Well, maybe it was just in my head, but I was so excited...you see, I finished knitting my very first SOCK!!! I really couldn't believe I did this - socks are a challenge, and the little attempt I made at a bedsock, over two years ago, had put me off socks for what I thought was forever. But I had this yarn - I'd gotten it in a subscription, and I wasn't super crazy about the colors. However, it was nice and soft and it was supposed to self-stripe, so I started thinking about using it for a pair of socks. It's a heavier weight than traditional sock yarn, so I wouldn't have to cast on as many stitches, which was appealing to me. The other thing that I wasn't thrilled about, in thinking about knitting a sock, was going round and round and round on double pointed needles. So, I decided to try it using a 9-inch circular needle. Why not?? Well, guess what? It worked! I got the leg of the sock knitted so fast, and then I had to make the heel flap, which meant switching to DPNs, but that was OK. After I made the heel turn and gusset, I switched back to the circulars until it was time to decrease for the toe. I closed it up with the Kitchner stitch, and what do you know...I made myself a sock:
Stages of creating a sock. Yarn is Twisted Fiber Art Yummy Striping, in Cabana colorway. Sock pattern was a mishmash of Susan B. Anderson's How I Make My Socks, plus Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Good Plain Sock Recipe from her book, Knitting Rules!
I tried to not stress over the pattern. Like I said, I was using a heavier yarn, so the instructions for that were pretty much "cast on fewer stitches and do the math for the heel" which caused me some consternation, as you might imagine. But I managed to muddle my way through it, and I remembered to take detailed notes along the way so I could replicate the sock for the match. I'm pretty shocked that this turned out and fits me - as you can see from the pictures, I tried it on along the way, but I still had my doubts. And I even want to make the second sock, which can be an issue with knitters (it's called "second sock syndrome" and it's real). Who knows - maybe next week I can show you a picture of me wearing a pair of handknitted socks?!
Tonight we are going to the local Relay For Life - we're part of a team with (who else) some of our runner friends. I'm not sure how long we'll last (it goes from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am), but there is an Amazing Race-type challenge at 2:00 am, which sounds like fun, so hopefully we'll be awake to do that.
Have a great weekend!
Have a great weekend!