Just a quickie, as I've been out on an adventure and I have been trying to organize my thoughts and photos on it, and my laptop has come to a grinding halt. I'm in the process of backing everything up so I can wipe my hard drive clean and start anew, as that is the only thing I can think of that will get this up to speed.
I finished a pair of socks- the Cable Rib Socks from the Interweave Favorite Socks book.
So the yarn...is ugly. I've overdyed these since I took the pictures (and blocked them, so they look a bit neater) but ugh. The yarn is Austerman Step in "grass", and it looked just peachy on the shelf, but when I started knitting I realized pretty quickly that it just wasn't working. I loved the greens, but the reds and pinks made me feel fairly nauseated. I kept going though, and then threw them in a pot with some food color, which made the reds pop less and the dulled down the pink and white stripes.
Still, they are socks, and they are a gift of the practical nature. The yarn seems sturdy enough, and they are machine washable.
Also, I realized something amazing and unrelated to socks this week. If I want to lose weight and get more exercise, it's best to start a pot of homemade stock on the stove. Then, go out to dinner in Brixton, and when you are almost done your Pad krao, remember you left the stove on. This causes a surge of adrenaline the likes of which I rarely experience, and I sprinted back home in my heavy rain boots and layers of rain gear, peering ahead hoping not to see firetrucks the entire time. Well, I ended up not being in the awkward situation of explaining to my landlord exactly why I burned the flat down, and I came home to a happily simmering pot of stock and the apartment smelling quite homey and good, and collapsed in a heap after breaking the 7-minute mile barrier that I had been aiming for years now. In rain boots. In my head, I knew it was going to be fine- I usually leave stock on the stove for three or four hours at a time with barely a glance into the kitchen. Just being out of the house and knowing the stove was left on made my head leap to automatic worse-case scenario. In all my life, I have never ever forgotten the stove being on.
Lesson learned. Leave the stove on if you want to be in great shape and run like the wind.