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My first thought for the baby blanket I'm about to knit was that a feather and fan pattern would look lovely with the variegations in this yarn. I already know the pattern, it's easy and memorizable, and it will look complex even though it's not really. But then I started thinking... lace. Acrylic yarn. No blocking. Lace needs blocking, doesn't it? There's no blocking acrylic. The best you can do is "kill" it, which involves steaming it very carefully so as not to melt it, and stretching it to the shape you want, but that's not really the same as blocking a piece knit from animal fiber. (Dear Canadian Sister, I typed "fibre" the first time I wrote that. You're rubbing off on me!)

Ravelry to the rescue! I did a pattern search for feather and fan baby blankets, and turned up this lovely piece: Feather and Fan Rainbow Blanket. It's knit in acrylic and the lace looks good! The ripples are all rippley and the yarnovers show the way they ought to. While I'm not going to use this pattern exactly, at least now I have some evidence that the stitch will work with the yarn I've chosen.

I ordered lace needles in size 8.

As for the Bloo Sock, Janis rightly pointed out that a k2, p2 ribbing doesn't flow smoothly into a k3, p1 ribbing. I showed the beginnings of the sock to Pirate-Husband, who suggested that a k6, p2 ribbing for the body of the sock would flow nicely. I think it will also look better considering how many stitches there are, so that's what I'm going to do. Flow problem solved!

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After finishing Pirate-Husband's socks, I was at a loss. What to do now? It was too dark to work on the Ostrich Plumes scarf, I wasn't really feeling the Pomatomuses, too late to spin, not in the mood for cotton... so I started a swatch for the next pair of socks.

Michael's Bloo Socks are going to be knit in Trekking XXL, colorway 71, which is a subtle series of blues. I'm going to work with Elizabeth Bennett's Perl Sock Program but fudge the numbers a little bit to get 10% negative ease. My plan is to put two or three inches of k2, p2 ribbing at the top, then work in k3, p1 ribbing the rest of the way down. Originally I'd planned to use the pattern for Mr. Pitt's Socks but that's written for 80 stitches, and I think I'll need 96. Rather than do all the recalculating by myself, I turned to an automated calculator that's gotten good reviews.

9.375" around foot, times 11.25 stitches/inch, is 106 stitches, minus 10% is 95, add one to get something divisible by 4 = 96 stitches. I cast on and got seven rounds done before bed last night. Hooray for new projects!

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The heel on Pirate-Husband's second sock was completed last night. Since it wasn't my turn to drive to work (hooray for carpooling!) I got several rounds into the gusset. I expect to do more on the way home this afternoon.

I spent quite some time yesterday searching for the perfect sock pattern for the next pair, which are going to be a gift to my best friend. Originally I'd wanted to surprise him, since our feet are the same size, but then I felt the need to ask how long a cuff he'd want. Once the surprise was ruined, I started asking him all sorts of questions from the exact height of his heel to what sort of sock he might like to wear. I think we've settled on Mr. Pitt's Socks from Kaitlyn Wong at Sassy Stitchess. They're simple, easy, and subtle - just the thing! I'll be using Trekking XXL in colorway 71, which is shades of blue.

While I was going through sock patterns, I added eight (!) more to my Ravelry queue. I don't have the yarn to knit all of them yet, but I will eventually! There are so many things I want to make and not nearly enough time to make them all.

I also added this reusable Swiffer cover from Noelle at Strange Yarns ;; Skull Charms. After years of wanting one, I finally got a Swiffer WetJet last weekend, but the disposable pads annoyed me. Why use disposable if it's not necessary? I'm going to break my yarn diet just for the cotton yarn that I'll need for this pattern. It's cheap and also I plan to use it right away, so it won't be taking up space in the stash-basket. (Not to mention, I mopped the floors with one of the disposable pads that came with the Swiffer, and they look so good that I'm tempted to mop again sooner rather than later.)

The unfortunate thing is that there are no conveniently-located Michael's or Joann's stores near me where I could get the Sugar & Cream yarn. I'm debating ordering it online; even if I pay for shipping on it, it might come out to less frustration than trying to drive into town. There's a Michael's "coming soon" to a shopping center relatively near me, but even that's still ten or twelve miles away, and it'll probably be another year before the store is open.

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