plain ole koigu socks

i finally got around to grafting the toe of my second koigu sock and boy am i glad because it has started to cool waaay down in the desert. i'm sitting at my desk now wearing them and long pants and a long sleeve and a fleece and my nose is still cold. good thing my friend helped me replace my thermostat last night so i can have heat. my old thermostat actually had a little glass bead of mercury in it and i'm wondering how best to dispose of that. hmmm... maybe i should take it to the hazardous waste people at the university.

my knitting projects are moving along verrrry slowly. right now i'm putting most of my knitting time into the tree jacket (i'm using knitpicks andean silk in barn red). i really want to finish this and wear it this season. i'm also working an another sock using some of the new regia kaffe fassett landscape sock yarn. it's going more quickly because i love seeing the stripes emerge. i decided to knit this toe up, however, and i really hate the short row heel i made - i can't make it deep enough for my high instep. i'll have to choose a toe-up heel gusset tutorial to walk me through redoing the heel. any suggestions?

my knitting time has been dwindling lately, though, because of 3 reasons: 1) i'm working hard getting ready to present some research at a conference in SF; 2) there's a new boy on the scene; and 3) i'm spending a lot of time climbing and adventuring outdoors. (this picture was taken before a pretty nasty fall i took).

also, some friends and i did a 3-day backpacking trip to the galiuro mountains - gorgeous! one of the peeps on the trip is a photographer, so i can't wait to see the pics!!

i do have some more knitting to show you, but it will have to wait until i get back from this meeting. i'm interviewing there with some potential employers in anchorage. please keep your fingers crossed for me!

back soon,


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