You know, I thought that when the girls were both in school -- even better, both at the same school -- that I would have more time. Wrong! It's a little-known fact that school- and extra-curricular activities actually expand to fill parental time.
So there hasn't been much knitting....
I did manage a pair of socks this month. I found the yarn rather unexpectedly at one of my local craft stores -- they usually have mostly acrylics and novelty yarns, although a bit more "upscale" than Michaels' selections -- but at the moment, they actually have a basket of sock yarn! so I snapped up a ball with my 40% off coupon -- Meilenweit Stile in color 8005, a blend of blacks, creams, lavendar-greys, and sages.
It was not, I admit, particularly pleasant to knit, feeling rather stiff and artificial in my hands, but it has softened up a bit with washing, and I'm counting on it being as filzfrei and extra-strapazierfähig as promised on the label ("non-felting and hard-wearing"). It bled a bit in the sink the first time -- a midrange blue, curiously, so apparently the black isn't really -- which toned down the cream somewhat. I'd thought the cream was a bit loud, as it happens (!), so for myself I wasn't terribly annoyed, but it's something to take into account next time.
These are plain stockinette with an eye-of-partridge heel and the squared-off grafted toe from the Jaywalker pattern.
I will probably forever after remember these as my "LOTR" socks, as I watched the entire cycle of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies and a fair bit of the extras as I knitted!
Now I'm picking up that Ravenclaw "Prisoner of Azkaban" scarf that I started in summer. (Wool scarves in summer! what was I thinking?)