I think I've entered into the Knitting Doldrums. Apparently all of the projects I have actively OTN are either stockinette/garter stitch, or involve colorwork and (thus) multiple balls of yarn (making for bad meeting knitting), or both. So I'm bored. I mean, Baby Surprise Jackets are fun (and in fact, I just wound on for a third and last one today), but they're garter stitch. I also cast on for a pair of these scarves, out of a lovely alpaca laceweight. But it's stockinette. And really unattractive stockinette, to boot (I know, they'll block out beautifully, but at the moment not so much with the beauty).
Meanwhile, I'm slogging away in the Slough of Linen Stitch.
Vancouver stole, by the way - I got the yarn for it at Sock Summit, and I cast on a few weeks after getting home. But as I said, the rows are almost 400 stitches long. And that's 400 stitches of linen stitch, so not all that fun. The results are stunning, but it's a slog.
I also finished the first of my second pair of Silk Road socks - this time for me. And they fit!
So, what does one do in the face of multiple looming deadlines and boring knitting? Cast on! I just wound up some gorgeous Jitterbug sock yarn in a deep electric blue that has been marinating in stash more than long enough. The plan is to cast on for a pair of Isabella D'Este socks just as soon as I finish up here and seam the second BSJ. I just saw that there is no picture of the socks on the Ravelry site, alas. These are from the new Knitter's Book of Socks, by Clara Parkes. I will talk more about how much I love this book in another post, but for now just let me say this: I totally want to be Clara Parkes when I grow up. The woman thinks about yarn and wool in the most wonderful ways, and the collection of patterns in this book is wonderful. If you knit socks, and if you like to think about the technical aspects of yarn and yarn choices, then this book is the book for you. (I guess I just wrote about it; I don't know what else to say, really - I just love anything by Clara.) I had a lot of fun talking to Rick about some of the more engineeringly observations about tensile strength, etc. It's kind of fun when our worlds collide that way.
So, off to try to knit my way out of the doldrums!