Last night's contradance was fun as usual. A highlight of the evening was noticing the socks that were peeking out of the tops of Ulyana's shoes. They are the socks I made for her 50th birthday contradance party. The only thing more fun than giving a handmade gift that I am truly proud of, is seeing the recipient actually wear or use it.
I'm still puttering along on the Chicago bag. Working on the flap now. I can see what my next felting project will be though. Here are the tattered remains of my first felted project, my beloved Fuzzy Feet.
I can't complain. I have worn them daily for two winters now, but I am emotionally attached to them. I feel the same way I did when I was a kid, and my favorite red and white angora mittens became so old and raggedy that I finally stopped wearing them. But I never threw them out. I saved them for years. However, my mean old mom came upon them while clearing things out when I was in college. SHE threw them out! I was crushed. I've never really forgiven her for that. Mom, are you listening? You are still not forgiven for that. But I love you anyway.
I have enough Turf Green Lamb's Pride, plus the eyelash that I used for my FMB, so I guess my next pair of Fuzzy Feet will look just like my market bag.
On the swatching front, I've completed my first entrelac swatch, and it completely changes, or expands, my understanding of why it is a good thing to swatch. Notice how the bottom of the swatch is a little narrower than the top. That is because I knitted the first 6 rows in stockinette stitch as a base. I should have switched to a smaller needle when I started the triangles (or done the SS with a larger needle). This swatch isn't blocked yet, but I don't think it will make much difference.
My next swatch will be in a smaller needle (I think a size 5 or 6) and I will do the stockinette base with a larger one. It will be educational to compare. I always though the purpose of a swatch was just to determine gauge. But swatching also helped me see where I tend to knit too loosely, or where there seems to be a gap. Hopefully Sarah will teach me how to correct that. Next class session is this Thursday, and I'm looking forward to it.
My one adventure out today was to the grocery store. I'm going to be kvetchy for a moment. (It means complaining, but attentive readers will figure that out pretty quickly.) I guess I'm a creature of routine. When I find something I like, I feel no need to change it. I like Colgate toothpaste. I have since about forever. Somewhere in the early 80's I think, toothpaste started changing. It got trendy. Plain white toothpaste was still available, but TP manufacturers started producing gels too. Then they added little colored flecks to make us smell better. I don't remember exactly when a tartar control ingredient was added to the mix, but my dentist said I should use it, so I made that change. Hey, it worked. My hygienist was proud of me at my next checkup. So I've always used it since.
But why is it that from one TP shopping trip to the next, I have such a hard time finding a simple tube of Colgate Tarter Control Paste. Now I have to sort through Sparkling White, or Tartar Control with Whitening, or Whitening with Baking Soda and Peroxide, or Herbal White, or Mint Gel, or Super Mint Gel, or Total (which combines everything, and which my dentist said I should absolutely NOT use). There's Simply White,which isn't simple; it has umpteen "advanced" whitening agents in it, but it doesn't have the tartar control. There's 2 in 1, whatever that is. Sounds like a Chinese restaurant menu. I'm all in favor of choices...hey now we have three candidates to choose from for President...oh boy...but it takes me half an hour to go through all the toothpaste choices. I am willing (eager!) to spend hours picking out yarn, and the more choices the better, but I'd really like to just get toothpaste down to under 30 seconds.
Bet you all wondered if this had anything to do with knitting. Of course it does. Time saved in the grocery store is time available for knitting. Unless.....I could shop and knit at the same time.....
Kvetchy moment over. Time to go knit.