Debbie in WA asked . . .
What is your "basic sock pattern"? I mean the ribbing of the rest of the cuff, besides the special panel. It doesn't look too "basic" and looks like it provides just the right amount of snugness.
For a basic sock I use anything from k3p1 to k7p1. For solid or almost solid colors the k3p1 ribbing works great.
For self-patterning sock yarn I like to start with k1p1 for 16 to 20 rows to hold the sock up and then k7p1 for the rest of the cuff to show off the color pattern but still provide a little more elasticity than plain stockinette.
For Mom's birthday socks the instep and heel side, both 32 stitches, are 4 for half of braid panel, p3, k2, p1, k3, p1, k4, p1, k3, p1, k2, p3, 4 (half of braid panel on opposite side).
Judy S. asked . . .
Love your newest creation! How many from that issue have you made now?
From the May issue of Creative Knitting I've completed Sprout and Vines and Leaves is in progress.
There's nothing I want to knit in the July issue, but there's a pretty little lacy shell in the March issue I may or may not try if I have an inspiration on what yarn to use.
I wrote . . .
I am hoping the deer don't eat the hostas down to the nub like they did last summer.
Dream on Marguerite! The fawns are starting to walk around now and Mrs. Doe is bringing them to our yard to show them how to eat hostas.
This doe was in the back field during our late morning dog walk and wouldn't run off. She ran back and forth in front of us snorting and looking totally panicked. Assuming she had a fawn in the grass nearby, the dogs and I turned around and went back to the house.
Old dog Glory is only up to one good deer chase a day. Even then, she only runs far enough to get the deer headed in the right direction - out of the yard.
She was perfectly happy to totally ignore a rampaging, snorting, freaked out doe and head back to the house with the rest of us.
Pappy would have tried to protect us from this wild eyed doe had he been free, which is why he wasn't. The little dogs are always on 26 foot Flexi leashes because they have no sense about wildlife that's bigger or meaner than they are.
Thank you so very much for all the prayers and well wishes for Bob's catheter ablation last week.
It went very well. The cardiologist who did it called the results "clean" and gave it an 85% chance of preventing more fluttering.
We're all home now and still not completely relaxed and rested but we are relieved and recovering.
It looks like it's going to rain this afternoon and I'm hoping it hurries so I have a good excuse not to mow the lawn today.