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Brrr! It’s cold outside! (And inside, in my apartment, often mid-day, when the heat takes a break.) That means it is time to bundle up and take Boh out for a stroll. Nothing much to report over here — today was an uber-productive day. My long paper is half written, I have a better sense of where the paper is going, the boy came over and made dinner/impressed me with his crossword skillz, and I’m currently listening to Neil Young croon, “Baby mellow my miiiiind…” (Okay, so I’ve been listening to that song on repeat.) If I can read and summarize an additional book for class tomorrow, I get to do a bit of knitting before bed.

Hope you all had restful holidays — good luck getting back into your Monday routines tomorrow!

FO: june bug socks

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Hooray! I love these socks. Not quite done in time to be appropriately celebrated as part of socktoberfest, but still the fastest full-size socks to come off of my needles to date. To review (raveled here): the yarn is Yarn Pirate BFL sock in colorway June Bug. The pattern is one of the basic Ann Budd patterns from Getting Started Knitting Socks – 8 st/inch, 72 stitches CO. I used 2.5 mm needles. These are a tad big around the ankles, but the foot and heel fit well, and the yarn feels like a dream on my feet. In fact, I may need to acquire some hip clog-like shoes in order to begin showing off handknit socks. Always on the incentive program, perhaps I’ll do some internet window shopping after I read another 100 pages.

Also, it is time to decide on patterns and yarns for the next pair(s) — anybody have favorite sock patterns for boys to recommend?

Happy Monday!

squash is one of the reasons I love fall.

Titled for you, Champ.

galette

This is one of the most delicious things that has ever been prepared in my kitchen: a roasted butternut squash and carmelized onion galette. Recipe can be found here, at Smitten Kitchen, where the photos are always drool-worthy and the deliciousness is routinely replicable. Thanks, Deb.

I’m so close to finishing my June Bug socks. So close. Like, I just have to knit the toe. Though I’ve again failed to complete a pair of socks during the month of Socktober, if I can get these finished this week, they will still be the fastest pair of socks I’ve ever knit. I’d like to make a few pairs as Christmas presents this year, so I’ll have to work on my speediness…

one sock…

My kitchener-ing is getting better. I love this sock, and I am beginning to see why in the blogs I read (anecdotally, anyway), folks who are in grad school might knit a lot of socks: it is nice to feel like you are making progress when you pick up and put down the needles in between endless amounts of reading. I plan to cast on the second sock after I prep for the discussion I’m leading in class today…

boh is worried…

Boh is worried about my june bug socks. He thinks that I’ll get distracted with life and other knitting projects and never finish them. Never fear, my dear dog. The first heel has been turned. And I have proof:

If I can get some serious reading done this morning, I’ll reward myself with some podcast listening and sock knitting later today. Looks like it is going to be a rainy Sunday, worthy of pots of tea and curling up on the couch.