Monday i was pretty stressed between worrying about me, my Defense, my family's various and sundry near misses with death, my dear friends' cat. this whole obsession with my my me disgusted me so i decided to take a break to focus on someone else.
i whipped out the Comfort Scarf yarn i had been assiduously avoiding since frogging it for too closely resembling an Elmo scalping. in an attempt to get around the pelt feel, i bumped my needles up to US 13s. i used a slanting edge and took the scarf out pretty wide for the body so that it could be used as a head wrap as well as scarf. before i knew it, i had completed the cast off. i still think it looks like Elmo meets Hannibal Lector but TraVy says its quite comfy so we are going to leave it at that.
Monkey socks are cruising along quite well. i anticipate casting off the second sock today. i'm using Jitterbug sock yarn in Blue Parrot and US 1s. the yarn has spiraling color patches (feathers i suppose) that pool interestingly as a result of the K2tog / YOs. i actually really like the way they are turning out and the dyes are so rich and soft a girl could just drown in them.
last night Jen and i went to Denver to see the Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl-McPhee at the Tattered Cover. Jen and i can't decide which was better - Stephanie's talk or watching 200 people click-clack along in their own special ways on their projects.
finally, the irises Steinie sent me have really opened up so i was able to get a good photo for you all: