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The green socks have a true double spiral for the heel - this was interesting to do, though it took me until about halfway through the first heel to get it right. After the heel, it was kind of boring, but they knit up fast. They do fall into the Marleigh Sock Type of non-matching, which is fun to do once in a while. This used up the second half of the green yarn, which was used for these socks, also spirals. There seem to be more spiral socks this year than the usual.

The pink socks are called "mystik spirals", but that's only because most people only model them from the front, where it looks like the slantways part is spiraling around the foot. It's actually more like two parallelograms, as is clearly visible in the side view like this. This was more fun to do, both because I really liked the yarn color, and because the slantways bands were just interesting enough without being difficult.



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I am almost sorry to be done with this yarn - Anzula Squishy - which is indeed squishy, and soft, and just a little thicker than most sock yarn, not enough to mess up the gauge but enough to make the fabric comfortably cushy. Grey for New York City, where it came from. The pattern is Pointelle, from one of Cookie's books, which means it's interesting (asymmetry! lace!) on top of the standard flap-and-gusset, which is generally my favorite construction.

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I've made several toddler/baby hoodies before, but this is a different pattern, with basketweave stitch instead of colorwork for the border. Bulky yarn, in one of the really saturated Madeline Tosh dark reds. I like basketweave stitch a lot - it has a very striking woven look, and isn't difficult at all. I've finally gotten used to the step of "figure out how large the buttonholes are, then search etsy for good buttons", which is not as convenient as going to Windsor Button is, but I suppose it will do.   (I suspect I've complained about buttons for every sweater that has them for the past couple of years now.   Ten years from now, I will still be mourning Windsor Button, and I would probably give directions with "turn right at where the Johnny's Foodmaster used to be" if one ever gave directions any more.)



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Yay for vacation knitting! I made the legs for the purple socks a little short because I was worried about having not enough yarn (Sundara has lovely colors, but the length is a little scant, and also there are more slubs than I approve of). I quite like the diagonal pattern; I may do this again, though it's a little tricky for two at a time knitting. The rainbow socks are called "Pessimist's Rainbow", and I love the colors - the rainbow is bright, and the blue between the rainbows is a nice tonal variegation that could be a colorway in its own right. The scan kind of maxed out the yellows by focusing on the blue, oh well. The pattern is a simple toe-up, but it has a heel flap, which I appreciate.


The rainbow socks were my current knitting-at-work project, so now I don't have a project for the all hands meeting today, oops. I guess I'll just have to sit quietly like everyone else.

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These were fun to do. I was too cautious to make them two at a time, and by the time I'm making the second sock, I'm kind of in a mood to be done. Happily, I seem to be able to channel this "argh, bored with this" into powering through rather than tossing it aside - second sock, my nemesis, I will defeat you!

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  • The garage at the new Assembly Square has little lights above each parking space. The full spaces are red, and the empty spaces are green. So clever! I've never seen that before, but it works really well to instantly spot an empty space in a line of cars, without the "small car behind large car" issue.

  • harrock and I had Christmas Eve dinner at La Brasa, which is a newish restaurant in East Somerville. The rib roast by the ounce was particularly tasty - good char and seasoning, chimichurri sauce underneath, nom nom nom. The dulce de leche flan was the best dessert in the world, and I am very grateful that they brought us a second dessert when Jerry wanted to split the I-forget-which-fruit mousse. (The mousse was very tasty, as was my fish, but they were not the best thing in the world.) And their conceit of ashes of vegetables, used as a very mild seasoning but very striking decoration, tied things together really interestingly. This may go on the list to drag more people to.

  • I heart Audible for letting me return books because I do not like them. Or because I do not like the narrator. I do not do this often, but the fact that I can is very much appreciated. I was listening to Initiate Brother, because I had read it way back when but hadn't read the sequel, so I was going to listen to both, but the narrator was strangely annoying. Accents are a weird thing when there are multiple actors involved - remember how in Babylon 5, Londo was the only Centauri who had a Centauri accent? Or in Avatar, most of the cast has standard American accents, but Uncle Iroh has a strong Japanese accent. It's weirder when it's one narrator doing all the voices, and a few of them have accents (several Asian or exaggerated Asian, and one New Jersey Mafia).
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(Soon to be able to read lots of new Xmas books, in case you're wondering why I'm not talking about the new Daniel Abraham or the new NK Jemisin or other things I'm looking forward to)The Moonstone, The Stone Man, Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Nation, Ticker, The Shadow of What Was Lost, The Seventh Bride, Carpet People, All the Paths of Shadow, House of Silk, Moriarty, the Spiritwalker (Cold X) trilogyCollapse )

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