Project: Texture Blue Socks
Pattern: Hermione's Everyday Socks (a free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers Canadian Luxury Sock, in the Unity colorway
Needles: Size 1US
Notes: I know this is a popular pattern on Ravelry, and I've seen so many pairs that friends have made that are amazing. But for whatever reason, I didn't enjoy knitting this pattern. It's not difficult, and once you get started, it's easy enough to memorize, but it just didn't "click" for me. Then there is the yarn - I've had this yarn in my stash since 2007, when Carol (Ms. Black Bunny herself) dyed this colorway to sell, using the proceeds to support the initial run of Barack Obama for President. It's a lovely shade of blue, a little heavier than the usual sock/fingering yarn, and they will be warm, since they are 50% alpaca, 30% mohair, 10% silk, and 10% merino. It's really lovely and soft.
I wonder though if it was the combo of pattern and yarn that didn't thrill me. Though I love the color, I think I've knit so many variegated/striped socks recently, that a solid color seemed less than exciting; I don't know. I may try the pattern again down the road with another yarn, and see if I enjoy it more. Overall, I'm happy with these - they just didn't get me as thrilled as I was expecting to be.
Here's a better photo that shows the texture of the finished knit:
In any event, they are now tucked away with my others in my 2017 Box o' Socks.
Other than that, I'm having one of those days when I am feeling like any second I'll burst into tears, even though I have no idea why. Granted, some things I've done today have not worked out, but none were big things that should put me over the edge. And I've been making an extra special effort to do things I enjoy, but they don't seem to make much of a difference. I hate when this happens, and I know it will pass - maybe even by this evening, who knows.
On the plus side, I have a barley-feta casserole cooking in the crockpot, so The Tim will get a break from fixing dinners, like he has been doing while my ankle has been non-functioning. And I just a little while ago took some Irish Soda Bread out of the oven to cool. (I was all set to make it yesterday, but was missing an essential ingredient that the market around the corner didn't have, and the other places that would have it were not nearby. So I had to wait to get it today.) Never fear though, we marked the day yesterday with Guinness and Irish cheese. :-)
So truly all is well, and I'm hoping to feel more together soon. I can deal much more easily with a bad day when I've been having a hard time than when it just shows up, like today. And the kitties are all fine, sitting here with me and occasionally sitting *right* in front of the TV so they can follow the ball in the NCAA games - they have sudden bursts of fandom, apparently ... ;-)
Anyway, that's all for now. Hope all of you are having a good and cozy day. I'll be back with FO #2 sooner rather than later, so stay tuned!