The suspense is driving me nuts!  My Sock Wars target was supposed to receive her ‘death socks’ on Saturday.  When USPS couldn’t deliver, they left her a notice to pick them up at her post office.  They’re still sitting there and, surprise, she won’t answer my emails now.  I’m glad I paid the outrageous price to send them with delivery confirmation and online tracking, otherwise I would have no idea what was going on.  I didn’t have to deal with this kind of childish behaviour in Sock Wars III, and it’s a bit disappointing.

However, there is lots of fun fiber play to distract me.  I pieced a crazy quilt block for a Yahoo group stitch-along.

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The theme is “Under the Sea”.  I was glad to be able to use the ‘silkie’ mermaid image.  It’s been in my stash for awhile.  The ribbon is not stitched down yet, as I am not committed to keeping it there.  The fabrics are almost all cotton, but one piece of silk dupioni crept in there.  I started out as a ‘sane’ quilter and the cotton-snobbery of those days is hard to overcome.  Silk is starting to win me over, though.  Let the embellishing begin.

I’m thrilled about the KAL (knit-along) on Ravelry that’s based on Wendy Johnson’s book of toe-up socks.  This month’s sock is the Lacey Rib (darn, is it Lacey or Lacy?), and I’ve made some progress on sock one.

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The toe and heel are both knit by the short-row method.  This yarn is impossibly soft!  It’s Claudia Hand Painted fingering weight merino, in the Strawberry Latte colourway.  I’m a first-timer with this yarn, and I absolutely love it.  Did I mention it is soft?  It gives great stitch definition and isn’t a bit splitty.  Also, it is really really soft.  The needles are Addi lace, size 000.  Yes, that is 1.5 mm.  Would you believe I knit so loosely that these are the needles I have to use to get 8 stitches to the inch?

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