Conversation with J

J:  What is this?  My hair is falling out!  It is falling out worse than ever!

Me:  Well, sometimes men lose their hair as they age.

J:  Not me!  I’ve never lost hair like this, this is ridiculous!

Me:  What do you think the problem is?

J:  I don’t know sweetie, maybe I am lacking something in my diet.  Maybe I need to eat meat.

Me:  If eating meat means you can keep your hair, would you do it?

J:  I just don’t have the heart for it!  I might try once a month or so if I thought it would help.

A little while later:

Me:  J, where are your eggs?

J:  I am not eating eggs.

Me:  I need them to make your banana bread.

J:  I haven’t had eggs in the house in 2 months.

Me:  Wait a second…didn’t you say earlier that your hair has been falling out for a couple weeks now?  So much so that you are considering changing a vegetarian diet that has worked for you for 20 years now to retain your hair?

J:  Yes…

Me:  And now you are telling me that you don’t have eggs and haven’t eaten them in 2 months….your main source of animal protein?

J:  Yes…..

Me:  You are a smart man, don’t you think these two things might be related?????

J:  Maybe we should go get some eggs.

A Critical Point.

I’ve hit a critical point on the mandala shawl.  The last time you saw it, it looked like this.  Quite frankly, to the untrained eye it doesn’t look much different at the moment.  I am about 4 rows away from the end of clue #4.  It will not be large enough for a shawl as it is, even with the knitted on border.  I can either double the stitches again, and add more clues, or I could consider it done and use it as a lovely circular tablecloth.  I am not sure what to do, and there are pro’s and con’s to them both.  I don’t know if I am going to like the color changes in the shawl form, but they would be interesting in a tablecloth.  But to put THAT much work into the “shawl that never ends” (yes, it has its own song now) to not wear it would be a bit sad.  Any suggestions?

I knit the shawl this weekend, as well as a bit on my pom sock, and I started my La Digitessa sock.  This La Digitessa business is blowing my mind!  It all started with a short row toe, which I have never attempted before.  I got grumpy during the knitting of it, but I love it so much now that I will use the toe again.  Yarnissima’s instructions are stellar, and this is the first time I have made short rows that look good without gaps.

Isn’t that a pretty toe!?!?  At this rate, J may get more socks yet.  His biggest complaint is the standard toe of the socks I have been knitting him, he doesn’t like that they look square.  He was well impressed with this one.  I really like it too.

Then I began the pattern.  Er…um…this is a TOUGH pattern!  I am not just saying it.  I think it is gorgeous, but it is hard to do.  I like to knit my socks “quick and dirty” which means simple quick patterns that I don’t have to think about.  There is nothing quick and dirty about this sock, this is all about elegance and difficulty.  Please understand that this is not a shot at the way the pattern is written, as it is written beautifully and thoroughly, but rather a divergence from my regularly loved simple sock knits.

I struggled a bit with the travelling stitches, the pattern is marked out in a way that was not immediately familiar to me.  It took me awhile to get that under control.  Just when I got the travelling stitches under control, I began the gusset.  Erm, to be honest, I haven’t gotten the hang of that yet, but I am not frogging.  We will have to call that a learning experience.  I am fairly certain I am understanding that part now too, so I am sure it will all change the next time I knit at it.

I have to admit, she is pretty though…

Yeah, please ignore the mistakes which are so glaringly obvious to me!  Learning, remember?  That wollmeise yarn knits into a very shiny and thick sock.  I like!