I was entertained and thrilled by all the suggestions offered as contest entries in my pre-Christmas post. I learned that there is still SO much to learn. The random.org number generator spit out Cheryl S., so she is the winner of the Loopy Ewe $25 gift certificate.
Mr. Etherknitter was also amused by the avalanche of comments. He suggested that I give out a second prize (also $25 credit at the Loopy Ewe) to Wendy for the first identification of a rock 'n roll reference. So let it be written, so let it be done. (-Yul Brynner, The Ten Commandments, 1956, deMille).
Discipline has been absent in the Etherknitter queue. I often feel out of step during this time of year. Working December 24th, December 25th and December 31st feels lonely. This means I've cast on, not once, but twice.
Noro Kureyon sock yarn, colorway #150 had arrived. I'm 80% through the ribbing. The yarn has big variations in grist. The second picture demonstrates this. I cast on using a #0 to prevent the thin spots from creating foot-mesh. But the fabric is potentially stiff. I did a quickie swatch (just a long tail cast-on in the middle of the length between the sock on the needles, and the ball) on a #1. I'm going to switch to the larger needle when I get to the leg and see how it looks. The yarn is scratchy and rough. I've read that it softens with washing. The color runs are long. I cast on 72 stitches, finished 16 rows of cuff, and haven't changed colors yet.
The Cabley Mitten is in progress for Mr. E. He has substantial paws, so I needed to add a pattern repeat (12 stitches). The peacock in the family wanted Lamb's Pride Medieval Red (M26), so that accounts for this blaze of glory on the needles:
It's a fun pattern, and a quick knit. I haven't done a waste yarn thumb yet. I'm looking forward to seeing if I like it better than the stitches-on-holder, cast on one-more-stitch, darn the holes (both meanings of the word) later approach to thumbs.
Have a happy, warm, and safe celebration for the New Year! Our evening plans will be Formaggio cheese and meats, sweets, early Champagne (1990 Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame) by the fire, knitting (me), programming (him), and an early bedtime. See you on the other side.