I spent the afternoon in leisurely retiree fashion having lunch with a friend, not watching the time, and having a wonderful yak about grandchildren, past work adventures, and how glad we are that we were eliminated from the work force even if we're not sure we can afford to be unemployed.
While waiting for the dogs to get done at the groomer's, I had a chance to knit on John's Basketweave Ribbing Socks, The foot on the last sock is half done so they are on schedule to be in the mail by Friday. Then I'll be down to one project on the needles (the projects mentioned yesterday don't count) unless I start something else - which, of course, I'm going to do.
The Knitpicks order arrived late this afternoon and I hurried to get a picture of the yarn while there was still some natural light. It was too late, so this picture was taken with the flash. The colors are not distorted on my monitor.
There are four skeins of Andean Silk in color Lettuce. Andean Silk is 55% alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino, 100% soft against my skin. I'm going to give it a test knit by knitting the Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarf Style to get an idea of how it works for raised stitch patterns.
Even though the temperature is in the teens this evening, it is spring. I saw the first robin today. Because I'm sure the weather is going to warm up before my new project is complete, it makes more sense to start Ene's Scarf, an airy lace shawl in Scarf Style I'm planning to knit with the two skeins of Alpaca Cloud in Horizon (the light blue yarn on the right).
But sense is going to take second fiddle to what I want to knit: the Backyard Leaves scarf is going to be first.
There were also two new knitting books in the Knitpicks box, Jean Frost Jackets and Best of Knitters Arans and Celtics. I'm looking forward to logging off and looking through them this evening.
If you read yesterday's post about my impatience with knitting cables, you're probably asking yourself why I would order a book of Arans and Celtics. I love looking at them and dreaming about knitting them. There's an almost 100% probability I'll be ordering yarn to knit something from that book. I'll pick something with a lot of stitch variety to keep my interest.
It's been five years since I last started a cabled sweater and couldn't bear to finish it. This time it will be different - because you'll all be watching.