They're done! I finished my Cedar Creek Socks last week in anticipation of wearing them for the weekend's CD recording session (more on that later). I actually really love that the second sock striped completely differently from the first. It's utterly charming. I'm also enamored of the fact that the flashing and pooling all happened on the soles of the socks , rather than the insteps. How did I manage that? Oh, wait. I didn't. I took a page out of Margene's book for these socks and just enjoyed the process. It was so much more fun that way. So here's the scoop:
Project: Cedar Creek Socks
Designer: Kaci Kyler Hayes exclusively for the Rockin' Socks Club by Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in Rainforest Jasper
Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo dpns Size 2 for the picot edge and 1st 3 repeats, switched to Size 1.5s for the remainder of the sock
Modifications: slightly longer heel flap, gusset decreases on every 3rd row rather than every other, fewer gusset decreases, only decreased to 72 sts, changed rate of toe decreases.
I Kitchenered the toe all on my own, not even using a book for reference this time. I was greatly pleased that I'd finally internalized that process. I am now feeling very powerful in my sock knitting prowess. Time for more socks! I'd have cast on the Pomatomus Socks in a heartbeat, but it was late in the evening and Kevin convinced me that sleep was more important than socks. I got up early the next morning and away we go! Photographic evidence will be provided soon.
Most of my other knitting has gone undocumented this week. I knit a Calla Lily from the Pick Up Sticks pattern as a sample for the store window. I started a Noni felted bag to carry to a wedding I'll attend this weekend. I've finished the bag part and one of the flowers. Working on the i-cord now and then there are just another couple of flowers and leaves. Very pleased to have mastered the art of knitting back across the row, rather than turning and purling. This is so much preferable when doing short rows on a 6 stitch base.
Kevin and I drove down to Carmel on Friday afternoon to spend the night before our recording session on Saturday. We walked through town, stopping at Yarns by the Sea briefly. We checked in to our hotel in Carmel Valley and then headed back to town for a delicious dinner at Casanova. We didn't have reservations, so we sat out front. It was a bit chilly, but the food was divine and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Saturday we arrived at Chateau Julien early to help set up for the recording session. The Chai (pronounced "shay") is their barrel room and the accoustic is just perfect for recording choral music. By 10am we were warmed up - vocally, at least, the Chai is kept cool for the wine to age - and ready to sing. We had lunch and dinner brought in so no one would have to leave and only took brief breaks. We recorded 19 songs between 10am and 11pm. We put nearly 11 hours of music in the can. The end result is going to be spectacular! Stephen Schwartz was on hand, enjoying the music and even turning pages for our accompanist. We were tired, but exhilarated when we left the Chateau and headed back to our hotel.
Sunday we attended a wine tasting back in the Chai (it looked very different without the risers and recording equipment!) with our friends and fellow singers Jack and Johnathon and Joanne. We tasted some delicious wines including my favorite, the Sangiovese Rosato. We bought a couple of bottles and made our way home. We spent a relaxing evening at home watching Season One of Grey's Anatomy.
Thanks to all who have sponsored me for The Human Race. I'm nearly halfway to my goal of collecting $500 in sponsorship!