I spent most of this weekend working on Grasslimb, my literary journal, which is a month late and half again as long as usual. This is better than a day late and a dollar short, but it's also 50% more costly and I produce it at a loss.. still, I'm happy. It is starting to look good, and it's almost ready for the printer.
But also.. I've been playing around in SecondLife. I know, I know. I'm late to the party as usual, and people are already kind of bored with it. But if you happen to be on there, add me ("Bleu Spark" — because "Blue" was taken, and I like that X song) as a friend. I'm still getting used to the 3-D navigation, so if you interact with me there, you'll see I'm even clumsier in VR than in real life! Well, if that were possible...
I did get a lot of knitting done last week, though, and a hair more in the evenings of the weekend. Making little shells is kind of addicting.
They are so cute. I keep being a little dubious about the colors I'm choosing. I don't have Jen's skill with color, and second-guessing the Noro seems a little scary. On the other hand, the more of these I link together the less worried I am. And it is VERY fun. When the pattern says "you won't want to stop," they are right.
And this? This is a toe-up sock!
I decided to try Wendy's generic toe-up pattern. It's well written and easy to follow, but I have to say that so far it doesn't fit me very well. I have a triangular sort of foot, with a C width forefoot and an A or AA heel, but it's also a deep heel. The traditional flap heel hugs it well and the socks don't fall down. This heel is shallower and I think the socks are going to bunch in front, where the ankle meets the foot. However, I'm going to finish them up as written (I did add a broad rib on the top of the foot and I'll make the legs 2x2 rib, because I like that, but it's 'generic' for just that reason — so you can customize as desired) for the experience.
Articles on short-row heels suggest you can get a better fit by knitting the heel over 60% of the total stitches (instead of the standard 50%), and this might help, but I suspect I'll still want a flap heel for my ultimate comfort. Wendy has a toe-up with flap heel pattern, too, and I'll likely try that. The toe-up design is hard to beat when you want to make your yarn go as far as possible, and in this case I love the yarn and want the legs as tall as I can get 'em, just so I can look at that lovely lavender-and-herb combo. Ahhh.
(Well, but I know April is out there spitting and fuming because it's FIXATION AGAIN...) ;-)