Here is the current progress on the two-at-a-time socks. I had planned on making the top portion longer but became concerned about having enough yarn so I went with this length.
I turned the heel on both of them and am now working my way down the foot. It seems to be taking forever but I think a large part of that is because of all the time I spent ripping back and then re-knitting it when I accidentally knit them together.
I may try a slightly different version of the short row heel next time to see if I can eliminate the tiny eyelet holes I got this way. They look pretty and aren't really noticeable but it's always fun to try new techniques. I do wish I had remembered to pick up an extra stitch or two before I joined back in the round on the heel as it would have eliminated/minimized the lovely holes I have now. No biggie, this project is all about learning for me!
Isn't this yarn beautiful?! Last week we attended a funeral in Newton so afterwards I stopped into The Newton Beadery to look at their yarn. I was so excited to see that they carry the Lorna's Laces line of yarns. I've been looking at the Lion & Lamb online as I'd like to make a Clapotis one of these days from it. Since that's currently out of the budget I purchased two skeins of Shepherd Sock in Gold Hill. It's so pretty I can't wait to cast on with it.
I also made a visit to Twist yesterday. I had recently noticed that my current purse was dying a slow, painful death. The straps were tearing both against the body of the bag and also in the middle of the handle. I decided this was obviously the universe telling me that I needed to purchase a new bag big enough to hold basic purse stuff as well as a knitting project so I'd always have my knitting with me. This fits the bill:
I'm still adjusting to the new, bigger bag but so far I'm loving it. I was a little disappointed it didn't have a divider. When I first looked at it I thought it did have a divider but it turned out to be the piece that fits in the bottom of the bag that had slid up the side. In a fit of organization I had recently purchased some clear cosmetic bags and had everything from my purse organized into two of them (one for cosmetics one for pens/office type stuff). Changing purses was a snap. I just tossed the clear bags, my wallet and cell phone (and knitting project! squee!) into the new bag and I was set. Took it out for it's first outing last night at the drive-in and it worked great. Unfortunately won't be taking it out for Easter tomorrow as it clashes horribly with my dress.