I thought the dam would burst when I finally finished my aunt's hat, just short of a year after offering it to her... that I'd suddenly be free to knit all the projects I've wanted to make that whole time and didn't because I was doing something else for a deadline or
just feeling guilty or
knitting a sock.
Instead, I spent the weekend sewing a little project that came out quite nicely. I'll talk more about that another day but for now, I can tell you what I learned:
You can spend an entire evening standing up measuring and cutting and then most of a day standing up designing and ironing and sewing - and end up with something that fits in the palm of your hand or
You can sit on the sofa for a little less time and end up wearing a warm hat on a freezing day. Ahem.
So, moving right along:
After the sewing was done, the dam did burst, at least a little. I printed off the instructions for Cookie A's Monkey Socks, which I always liked but then felt an overwhelming need to make when I saw my friend Sandra's. Also, when I was browsing around on Ravelry I spotted a photograph of the most enchanting socks imaginable and stared for many a moment before realizing that
a/ they were knit in The Holly and The Ivy and
b/ they were Monkey Socks.
And now I have to decide whether I want to make those exact socks... or try the Monkeys in a four-colour stripe rather than the three colours of my Holly/Ivy yarn. Because this came in the mail last week:
It's cute and would be adorable in my Mary Janes in spring and - it's called Jingle Jangle. Can you really beat the idea of monkeys with bells on?
(in other news - yay! - my aunt loved the hat.)