>Catch up

>My sock knitting has taken a change of direction recently. Remember my recent announcement regarding my February socks? I adore the yarn, achieved 8 spi with it on 2.25mm needles & am VERY happy with the fabric but unfortunately am not all happy with the pattern I chose. Can anybody see why?

Laburnum sock
Laburnum sock in Purple Koigu KPM

Here’s a closer view:

Laburnum sock pattern
Close up of Laburnum sock pattern biasing

Could you put up with that biasing on the leg & foot? I decided that it would bug me forever so now that pics have been taken am going to insert a life line just above the toe increases & rip it back before experimenting with a new pattern.

However DH wasn’t available to take photos a few days ago so I dug out the Opal Rainforest 6 ply that DH gave me for Christmas & commenced the massive wind off of yarn to achieve the necessaries for my two at once socks. This time I’m going Cuff Down as I’m loosely teaching The Yarn Yard & others to knit socks two at a time on the Crafty Threads ‘n’ Yarns Forum and next it’ll be toe up!

Waterfall Ribs
K1tbl, P1 rib

After reading a thread of Ravelry I tinked back the 5 rounds of K1, P1 rib I’d done & did it again using ‘K1tbl, P1’ rib which I much prefer. I think it makes the rib ‘pop out’.

For this pair I’m using Waterfall Rib also from Sensational Knitted Socks & here they after one repeat of the pattern:

Waterfall Ribs
Waterfall Ribs in Opal Rainforest Flamingo 6 ply

This pair will be my almost constant companion next week as I’m off work! DD is away on a skiing trip with school & DH & I are making the most of it & having a short holiday.

Normally I’d be really excited but the situation with Blue still isn’t resolved. I had to take her back to vets today as she is still throwing up & she’s now armed with anti-nausea tablets for the 4 days that they’ll be in kennels. The vet is happy for her to go into kennels as is the kennel manager & if she gets worse they’ll ring the vets who will send their ambulance to pick her up & bring her back to their hospital. I’d much rather she was in perfect health but can’t cancel it as we very rarely get the chance to get away just the two of us (the last time was about 5 years ago & we had three days in Amsterdam). If she hasn’t improved by the end of next week she’s got to have an Endoscopy to find out what’s going on inside her. So I’m keeping everything crossed that she’ll improve & make a rapid recovery.

MIL is coming to stay here to look after the cats with her dog Molly. The kittens haven’t met any other dogs yet & will get a shock as she’s a very bouncy little thing. She won’t hurt them but she’s likely to try & entice them into playing fetch with her ball which I don’t think will go down too well.

black & white Ginny
Worried Ginny

The kittens are used to our big gentle Airedales who wag their tails & sniff their bottoms.