After working the Foliage pattern twice and messing up at the same point (row 3 of the leaf lace pattern) I decided the thing was not to be. So I ripped it out and browsed my patterns/faves on Rav and decided to try the Odessa pattern, but without the beading.
That took me two tries as well, but once I got past the first few rounds, it was easy going. I’m doing the crown decreases right now.
I will try Foliage again, but I think I’ll have to type out the lace instructions so they’re clearer to me. I think I either kept forgetting a YO or doing an additional decrease or something in there.
The other day I had a parcel arrive from KnitPicks:
I needed some black sock yarn and their house label was very reasonable. They also had undyed sock blanks – I’m ruminating about how (and with what) I’ll dye that one. I’m thinking some sort of gradated dip dye. (Why does spell check insist that it’s not spelled “gradiated”?) I needed a 2.75 mm med-length circular, theirs were $5.99 US. And they had the reissued AS “Fair Isle Knitting” for $14.95, so that came along, too.
During the week I was busy with preparations for a work meeting on Friday. We finished after lunch and I had time to meet up with the ever-fabulous Judy at Prairie Lily. She was there waiting for me with biscotti, cookies and muffins and coffee/tea! It was great! We did some shopping and visiting. She throws a good yarn/tea party! Some yarn might have found its way into my car and home:
The top bag is 5 balls of Patons Classic Merino Wool in “leaf green”. I’d have liked to have gotten a full sweater’s worth, but they only had 5. They were 50% off. Regia has a new sock yarn out “Hand Dye Effect” so I had to indulge in a few several balls. There were a couple more random pairs of yarn (Patons SWS, one lonely Noro Silk Garden and two balls of Mirasol Tupa). That should keep me busy for a while.
I worked a bit this afternoon then I put some rubber matting and comfy blankets in the back of the new car and we took the poopers for a drive and then a walk. They had their supper and now are zonked out again.
Time to stretch out the knot in my back/shoulder and maybe indulge in some tv and knitting!
Edited to add: I forgot to mention that I tried this recipe the other night for a beef mushroom roulade. You cna use a less expensive cut of meat because it all gets braised in the oven for 3 hours and comes out fork-tender. I used outside round steak which I sliced in half depth-wise to make it thinner, then I pounded it out with a mallet. Things I will do differently next time (and I will make this again!): use beef broth and maybe a non-tomato paste sauce; dice mushrooms instead of slicing, dice onion smaller to make it easier to spread the filling; and maybe not so much olive oil to brown the roulades before braising. I forgot to trim the fat off a couple of pieces of steak, so the sauce was a little fattier than it could have been. Very flavourful, though!