Well you know what they say about people with warm feet...
.... got new handknitted cashmerino socks of course! (why? what did you think I meant?)
And yes indeedy verily and all other assertive adverbs - I have finished my Karenina socks:
[Excuse the blue drawing book - it's there to balance the colour so that it photographs acurately]
The observant among you will notice that they both fit, they both have toes, and both the toes are purple. This can mean only one of two possibilities:
(a) I have magic yarn creating powers and can expand the amount of yarn I have to fit the project in hand; or
(b) there was enough yarn for even my clodhoppers.
The answer is to say all hail Alice the provider and Jane the designer - there was enough yarn. [NB if anyone can do (a) please let me know - many people would like to share in that one!]
Do you want to see the leftovers? Of course you do, that's the fun of playing with yarn:
They both look like quite big balls here - mainly because I've been pulling from the centre of the ball so they're hollow. Accordingly to the approximations of my kitchen scales I have just under 10g of the yellow left and less than half an ounce of the purple (an ounce is the smallest graduation on the scales).
The photo of my socks shows how shadow knitting works - you can barely tell there are purple horizontal lines in there! My socks have 19 purl ridges on the cuff and 17 yellow stripes along the bottom of the foot.
So do I look like I could be Russian aristocracy in these socks? I'm now on the second of 5 7-hr segments of Anna Karenina and really enjoying it. Anna is sadly pregnant, Vronski has just killed a horse in a steeplechase and Levin is still living on his farm hankering after Kitty - I fear that as it is a great work of Russian literature there will not be a happy "chick-lit" style ending. If I've read it before I can't remember the story so no spoilers - I'm hanging in for another 26 hours of audio first.
Speaking of audio, and going off on a tangent as usual, if you like audio books to knit to, Simply Knitting (UK knitting mag) is giving away a free downloadable copy of Jane Austen's Persuasion at the moment - I saw the "free audio book" screamer on the cover, turned it over expecting it to be a Catherine Cookson or such-like and when I saw it was Persuasion it fell into the shopping basket - one of my all time favourite books and a treat to look forward to after Anna.
If you like the classics then the other place to try is Librivox - free audio recordings of books on which the copyright has expired. The readers are volunteers and some are excellent and I've reaquainted myself with a number of old favourites recently including The Little Princess, The Prisoner of Zenda, Rupert of Hentzau, the Scarlet Pimpernell and The Importance of Being Earnest, all of which have really excellent readers.
That's all for now but look forward to a tragic and soul wrenching story of a poor sleeve next time