Saturday night's alright for...

Found: an odd, quickly scribbled MS Paint doodle in my ancient flickr account.
The weird part? It's still more relevant than ever. Oh, the universe provides.

In other less cryptic news, there is a new sock / sock pattern in the works. I regret to admit that production of said sock seems to have stalled...but let's just see what this week has to offer, shall we? We might be pleasantly surprised, and you just might see a sock that you might like to knit.

State of the table

Exactly where I'm at on this Friday evening -- a veritable snapshot of my unsuspecting end table and the contents thereon.Clockwise, from top: Vanilla by Patricia Rain; Dream in Color Smooshy in Good Luck Jade (soon to be a new iPod cozy;) Two skeins discontinued Rowanspun 4-ply in Jade (soon to be the beginnings of Ene's Scarf;) some early spindle-spun handspun of Heather's (soon to be...a Scarfy, perhaps?); Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (I can not get enough of her Riverside books;) and a lovely local red wine -- Mastronardi Cabernet Franc 2006 -- on one of Heather's handmade, gently quilted coasters (I told you I use them, lady!!)

Yes, it's another exciting Friday night at home.

In other news, my dining room is now sporting a very well-hung chandelier, the borage and I are on good terms and the vegetable garden is dug. Tomorrow, the herb garden. Pictures to follow.

New pattern -- ROBOSOCKS!

If some of you are thinking "Hey, where did these come from?" you're not alone. They kinda snuck up on me too. But they're done, and more importantly for your (most likely) currently non-robot-guarded toes, they're OUT. Find the ROBOSOCKS here, on Ravelry or here, in my Etsy shop. And now for the additional Robo-info:

So you still don’t have that robot army you’ve always wanted? Why not knit your own batallion of mechanical minions to serve and protect your toes?

Traditional, folky-style socks with very untraditional robots marching down from cuff to toe – the perfect combination of past and future!

The pattern is, as always, a clear, concise, 5-page .pdf file with large charts and images. I aim to please and to make your sock-knitting experience as painless as possible.

Size: Women’s Medium (or any foot/leg that is 8” in circumference.)

Gauge: 8 stitches = 1 inch (2.5 cm) in Stockinette st.

Yarn: 2 skeins each of Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dyed (229 yd / 50 g) in Grasshopper Kettle (Main Colour – MC) and 2 skeins of Knit Picks Essential(229 y / 50) in Ash (Contrast Colour – CC), or any other comparable fingering weight yarns in a comparable weightthat complement each other.

Needles: One set of five (5) double pointed needles in US 2 (2.75 mm) or size necessary to obtain gauge.

Notions: A stitch marker to mark beginning of round (optional,) and a sewing needle to weave in ends.

Skills Needed: Increasing and decreasing, knitting in the round, stranded knitting, twisted stitches, and chart reading.

I'm sure some of you will be pleased to learn that there are ROBOMITTENS in the works as well.