I stayed in last night and knit and listened to my current book on CD. With two disks in the CD changer I was able to crank out the last of the late Christmas present scarf. While I am not a huge fan of variegated yarns I really like this one by Louis Harding. It is so beautiful in the ball and so I was sucked into buying 3 balls in color 8 (which I used two of to make the scarf) and 3 balls in color 4 here (scroll down). It was the lovely greens that called to me and made me buy it. Not sure what to do with the three balls but I noticed there is a glove pattern in this book. I may have to cook up a pattern for a pair of green gloves.
Today I think I will work on the toe-up socks. I started these because a friend who is a fairly new knitter asked me to help her with a sock pattern as she was going to branch out from scarves and try socks. She had this pattern which was in a pattern a day calendar. I had never made toe up socks so I cast these on for my sister. After the first one was finished I had a sinking feeling that it wasn't going to be big enough to fit my sister's foot and it was clearly too big for me. As any knitter would do, I ignored them. I didn't knit and didn't knit and when my suspicions were confirmed and my sister played Cinderella to the sock only to discover it was not her Prince Charming ... well, I started the second sock but still knitting on it was sparse. One night at late night I forgot my pattern for Kiri (which I forgot to mention on the "on the needles list") and I whipped out my neglected black opal sock and stated its sad lack of recipient. One of the irregulars played Cinderella and declared it a match. So I would like to finish her first knit sock soon, because everyone should have a pair of hand knit socks.
Happy New Year and all the best in 2006!