Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June, glorious June!

Alas, June is nearly at an end. (Where did it go???) It has been a difficult month in many ways, despite the fact that it is summer, with no classes to teach. My dad has been in the hospital twice, the second time for open heart surgery, but he is recovering, slowly but surely. My department chair announced that he was leaving at the end of July. The dean chose me as the new department chair. (Yikes!)

My big accomplishments for the month were not (regrettably) many pages of the current WIP, but two knitted garments, mostly worked in Heart Pavillion at Lutheran Hospital. The first, a Baby Surprise Jacket, is for my oldest niece's best friend's new baby.

The second knitted "garment" is a pair of socks for me. These are called Lacy Ribs Socks, and they are from Wendy Johnson's book, Socks from the Toe Up. The socks came out really well, and the lacy ribs combined with the varigated colors in the yarn proved to be a good choice. (I was not at all sure about that when I started them.)

I have another pair of socks from the book picked out to knit in July. The July socks, Ms. Johnson's On-Hold Socks, will be knit for my mom---as soon as I find a combination of needles and yarn that will give me the correct gauge.


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