Stormy apparently likes my Austermann Step socks. Who could disturb such a cozy scene?
Yes, I will use any excuse to avoid doing laundry.
Anyhoo, in spite of working a lot, I've managed to get some knitting done. I finished my Red Heart & Sole socks, and I have to say that I am disenchanted with this yarn. It works up fine, but the way these skeins were dyed seems sloppy. Instead of nice, clean color stripes, there are little bits and blobs of different colors marring the stripes. Alas, I can't get this to show up while taking flash photos, and it's dark out right now, so I'll have to try and get some photos in natural sunlight tomorrow.
I've got the Essential Tweed (Plum color) from Knit Picks OTN at the moment. My replacement Knit Picks circs arrived in short order (again, gotta love good customer service!) and I put them immediately to use. In betweek working hearings and juggling articles (as well as the annual Oak Ridge Horse show, where I took photos my editors chose not to run - sigh), I managed to knit up a cotton Swiffer cover. (Links to patterns found here.) I've had the basic Swiffer wet/dry "mop" for years, but I had quit using it because I just hated the idea of putting the used cloths in the landfill. These knitted, washable cloths do the trick quite nicely - and it's a good way to use up leftover cotton yarn. I used the WallyWorld cotton yarn leftover from a dishcloth to make my first one. I'm sure I'll make a few more.
I'm not going to get a tremendous amount of knitting done this weekend, as my dad and my bro are coming for a visit tomorrow. We intend to go out for seafood, whereupon Daddy and I will do major damage to oceanic things with exoskeletons.
On Sunday, I'm going to a birthday party for a perfectly charming gent who will celebrate his 98th birthday on April. 21. I've known this family since 2004, and they have a fascinating history. I was so excited that my editor OK'd doing a bio piece on him. I got to spend two hours with him today, listening to wonderful tales of growing up with 10 siblings and how times have changed. He's the last surviving grandson of a black gentleman who, in the 1850s (years before the 13th Amendment), bought 240 acres of property in Stokesdale, NC. Most of the land is still owned by the descendants. I've had the honor of being adopted into the family, and I get the honor of presenting his story to our readers. I'll post a link to the article when it publishes.
Next week is my knitting group at the Bistro 150 in Oak Ridge. Time to sit and knit and nosh on yummy things created by the cute French chef, Julien. Given that I've got articles to do as well as four solid days of hearings, I have a feeling I will really appreciate the down time. I always appreciate Julien's yummy creations.
One more thing - if you have not heard Susan Boyle sing, please do yourself a favor and proceed directly to YouTube. I saw this video Tuesday, and was completely blown away. I still get all misty-eyed every time I see it (which I have done at least 2 dozen times over the past few days). Given that she sounds amazing over crappy computer speakers, I can only image how fantastic she sounded in the auditorium. I cannot wait for her to release a CD!