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Not quite finished

I was going to finish the crayon socks (formerly t he clown socks) last night, but I got stalled.

1. When I was in the supermarket to pick up something for dinner, I could smell the rotisseirie chicken, and it was just delicious. So instead of the chicken filets I was going to get, I bought a whole broiler, which means I had to pay attention to the cooking. (I roasted it very plainly – just a light coating of vegetable oil and a few grinds of pepper – but at high heat. I served it with tiny baked potatoes and steamed baby carrots dusted with garam marsala. It was exactly what I wanted. And my husband came home at the *perfect* moment.)

2. I write fanfiction. At present, I’m working on a long-for-me story based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I did some writing during downtime at work and mailed what I thought was the new material back home. Only that didn’t happen. So I had to spend a fair bit of time recreating what I’d written. Since that usually results in a better written scene, I was only mildly bothered.

3. I spent the time I wasn’t writing or cooking researching and practicing my next project – lace socks using Magic Loop. Turns out that I like Magic Loop. It works well for me. Of course, I had to do it to know that.

But I did so much figuring for the lace and the basic mechanics, I forgot to concentrate on the toe using the Figure 8 cast-on (this turns out to be intuitive for Magic Loop and me, but I kinda didn’t read past the initial instructions.) Also, again, charting even very simple lace is just the way to go. It makes it all plain. I’m not surprised – I’m primarily a tactile person (which is why I need to make things – just looking at a chart isn’t enough. I have to make it) but I’m also highly visual, so seeing it right there is important.

So I’m still at the final ribbing for the crayon socks, and again I spent a large portion of the bus ride correcting things, but I hope to be finished tonight. And I’ll be taking the lace socks to my brother-in-law’s wedding. For which he has not considered rain contingencies. This wedding wasn’t so much planned as toss together.

Categories: cooking, knitting
  1. August 31, 2006 at 7:32 am

    What is “fanfiction” … I’m not familiar with it.


  2. August 31, 2006 at 10:23 am

    Fanfiction is stories written by fans of a movie or book or, most frequently, a televison series, using their characters and settings. They are labors of love because we cannot receive payment for writing them.

    Some are dreadful, some are wonderful. I’m midlist.

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