See, I told you I haven't stopped knitting! I've just been to busy ripping it out to get a photo. But today I realized the merino Sockapal-two-za sock hadn't even been outside since Saturday, poor thing. So I took her out to show her the tiny roma tomatoes that are growing on my plants. How cute are they!? I have been knitting this on the porch (the sock, not the tomatoes), but never really allowed it to get out and explore. Can't have a sheltered sock being set loose in an unfamliar world now, can we? The yarn is less tomato red than it appears - its much more of a palish burnt orange color - c'mon Curt, you know you wanna make some! The pattern is essentially my own - a lace pattern from The New Knitting Stitch library, some basic toe-up sock calculations based on the free pattern at Elann, and after a few cast-on mishaps it is finally moving along. I'll do a short row heel, and then take the lace pattern around the ankle all the way to the top. They're due Sept 15, so I've got time to knit them without destroying my wrists over the deadline. Speaking of which I've also got another photo for you! (drum roll please....) I present for your perusal a photo of my first professionally knitted project, the Lace That Ate June! Oh it was quite a task getting this baby done in less than 30 days, but I did it, and I must say I think it came out really lovely. Wanna see a closer-up ? (not as close as it should be but still....) So it's done, and I sent it off, already cashed the check, and hopefully it will be appearing in a yarn catalog coming soon to your house and mine...there will be linkage and photos and the skinny on the pattern and yarn once I know it's okay to tell all. So the Budgie says this makes me a professional knitter now - how cool is that?!
The parting-shot contest is still open, and will be until I leave my job for greener pastures, so I'll remind you periodically in hopes that you'll leave a comment with your suggestions. For now I'm off to try to catch up on some much-needed sleep. This post is brought to you by Princess Naptastic herself, Miss Jazminecat, proving once again that hanging one's fat over the sides of the furniture is not only comfortable, but helps keep one balanced in position. Note OC in the background - he's on a windowsill - not growing out of her butt as it might appear at first glance: