Monday, September 10, 2007

Back in the Saddle Again

I'm back at work after 10 days off and, not surprisingly, I really don't want to be here. On the positive side though, for the first time in many years I have not come back to a disaster area. I work as a secretary in a large law firm. When we take vacation, we are replaced with a "floater" (or, as I like to call them, guest secretaries). I have not had great luck with floaters in the past. There is one from many years ago who was so disastrous that even my boss remembers him (yea, it was a guy) and I've threatened to take an extra long vacation and bring him back on occasions when said boss is driving me crazy.

My vacation time was uneventful as I didn't venture far from home. It was just nice and relaxing.

I did get some knitting done.

In the déja vu department, here are, finally, completed socks. If they look familiar it is because I have knit this same yarn at least twice before.

These blue socks were first knit as toe-up back in May. I failed to be satisfied with my casting off and ripped them back. I tried them again as Monkey socks in July (I knit only one sock then) and wasn't happy with that either and I ripped it back again. I was tired of seeing the yarn sitting on my shelf, taunting me, so it became just plain socks. Fortunately, Jayne's lovely yarn doesn't need any fancy stitches to enhance its beauty.

This pink yarn (again, from Jayne's) also started life as Monkey socks - one sock knit on 2.5mm needles was too big and the second sock knit on 2.25mm needles was too tight. This stitch pattern (the name of which escapes me at the moment) from More Sensational Knitted Socks, knit on 2.5mm, turned out perfectly. (Why am I hearing echoes of Goldilocks and the Three Bears?)

I finished the baby blanket. Every time I knit this I tell myself I will never knit another one - I hate knitting the border (it seems endless) and sewing it on - but when it is done I am always so happy with the result that I keep coming back to this pattern when I need a baby gift.

I also knit up a hat and socks to go along with it. I will also knit a sweater.

I am still trying to get the orange stole done. It didn't look good to have it completed in time for the giftee's birthday, but I have a bit of a reprieve as she is away on vacation for the next two weeks, giving me an extra week. I have to admit that this project just isn't calling my name - so, just in case, I started some socks for her ... always nice to have a Plan B!


Adrienne said...

Your projects look really good!

Grace Yaskovic said...

Everything looks wonderful. The colors are so very pretty!!

Suzann said...

Beautiful projects. The sock pattern is Crosshatch. I used it too, it is a fun pattern. I want to use it again on a more solid color yarn.
Glad you have a nice relaxing vacation

Joan said...

I could not survive w/o my legal secretary. I'd get sick at the thought of her taking a vacation. ;-0

Fantabulous socks!!