Happy Wednesday everyone! Yup, I'm in a good mood this morning. I finished my husband's wool socks last night before bed, which means another gift gets crossed off the list. Happy dance! The toe up sock pattern is one I used many times before so not much new there. Cast on with Judy's Magic Cast on 24 stitches, followed the pattern for the large size, and cast off using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. The only bummer about this project is the socks don't totally match color wise. Not a big deal when you think they will be stuffed into boots while my husband shovels snow this winter and no one will see them. But, as I've said before, I'm kinda a matchy-matchy gal so it irks me a little. Probably couldn't be helped when I was working with 1 full skein and 2 partial skeins to create these socks. Of course the last word on the matter will be my husband's and I already know he won't mind one little bit. So that's that.
Now, I should go to my YOP list and see what I want to knit next, but I went looking at the new patterns on Ravelry the other day and heard the siren call (think mythology not ambulance.) Yes, a new Thea Colman Baby Cocktails pattern called Mezcal jumped off the screen and shouted "KNIT ME!!!!" There is even appropriate yarn in the stash to begin knitting it right away. Thus, I swatched last night, and yes, I make skimpy swatches and leave them attached to the ball so I can reuse the yarn as I'm pretty frugal (or at least that's what I call it) and got gauge. Now, I just need to decide whether or not to start a completely new unplanned for project or knit something off my list. Not quite sure which way I'm going to go yet. The other main contender is the Blathin sweater for my mother. If I knit that sweater I would only have 1 more Christmas gift to knit (a vest for my husband) and could do selfish knitting all Fall and most of Winter. That has an awesome appeal as I have never been that prepared for Christmas. Maybe another cup of tea will help me decide.
I thought I'd leave you with a picture of my son Sam who turned 9 this past Sunday. He wanted to go to Bryant Lake Beach with his Dad and me on his birthday to celebrate. Dad usually only makes it to the beach once during the summer on the 4th of July for the family celebration his mom throws every year. But, this year Sam had a really bad biking accident the night before the 4th tearing up his knee, hands and spraining an ankle so needless to say there was no swimming the next day. Of course his wish was fulfilled this Sunday and we all had a great time. Sam and Dan went swimming, we all played in the sand and the boys finished off the afternoon with a paddle boat ride while mama packed up. Then later that night we had a Nerf gun battle with a couple of neighbor boys in the park, ate some cookies and took turns swinging on the swing in the backyard. All in all a pretty great day.