Believe it or not, I have knitting progress :)
I'm very happy to report that, thus far, Maude fits! Granted, 'thus far' is a few rows short of splitting for the sleeves, but still, it didn't totally fall off my shoulders or anything, which I was worried about. I've finally managed to complete a whole row without a mistake, either, which is good! No picture, as it's not really that interesting or much different than the last photo yet. I adore the color, though, and I'm hoping maybe I can finish this before my school project deadline so I can wear it with my black pinstripe pants for my presentation. It will match perfect with the turquoise pinstripe :)
My Baltimore socks are stalled because I don't know how to do a heel flap on a toe up sock. Well, I know how to knit it, I'm not sure where I stop knitting the foot and start the heel work!
Last toe ups I did a short row heel, but since there is no nylon in this yarn, I want to do a heel flap. I know this probably isn't that tricky, and I just need to take 5 minutes and think about it and flip through my sock book, but I haven't done it yet. If anyone wants to enlighten me, feel free :) The foot is currently knit up to where, if this were top down, the gusset would have ended. I totally adore this sock, and it fits totally perfect to boot!
Jake wore his socks the other day. It's pretty hard to capture the pattern at all while they are on his feet, so just imagine :) He liked them, except they didn't stay up any better than his regular socks. I can't believe 35 rows (~3 inches) of ribbing didn't help them stay up! For the next go 'round I may try knitting in some elastic thread at the top to help. (And please ignore my really REALLY dirty floors and remember that we are in the middle of a remodel!)
I'm planning on casting on Picovoli now, so that I have something easy to carry with me. I need mild concentration to not mess up the lace on Maude, and my socks are stalled. I had to sit at the chiropractor for 20 minutes yesterday with no knitting. Sucked. And, speaking of MagKnits (the pattern source for Picovoli), good LORD! Have you been on the Ravelry boards recently? There is some serious negativity over there these days. It's a pretty big turn off, IMHO. Even the site owners have posted some serious snark, which I'm pretty sure is not in the spirit of the Community Guidelines they themselves point snarkers too. I guess they are on a 'do as I say and not as I do' path. Leaving a bad taste in my mouth for now, though, so I think I shall be limiting my time there. . . at least on the 'main' boards. (besides, I'll probably need plenty of time to sort through the barrage of hate mail disagreeing with the gods of Ravelry will elicit!) The groups are still nice, particularly the newest group for folks planning a wedding :)
In wedding news, there is not really news. I've started to get info from some venues in Sonoma and I'm still hunting for a ring. I went to Long Jewelers Monday and saw a few things I like. They are ordering in some samples for me to look at. If I don't like any of them, I think I'll just order the Sholdt ring. I started calling some stores that do carry the ring to price it. If I can't buy it local, you can be sure I will call every store and find the cheapest place to buy it. I'm totally shocked by the range in prices so far! $550 difference from lowest to highest price. Ironically, the lowest price right now is the store in Vermont where I originally saw it, but there it is 150% more than it was 2 years ago! Gold isn't up that much, so I really can't figure out why it got so expensive! Perhaps the designer is getting more well known or something, but I'm keeping in perspective that I'll be wearing this every day for the rest of my life, so if it costs a little more than we planned, well, it's not that much spread out over 50+ years :)