Actually, I got a ton of work done around the house this weekend. I cleaned out my closet and my bedroom and packed up 3 boxes of clothes to send to an Appalachian mission that my church supports plus 2 bags of clothes for Good Will. This is the first time in about 100 years that the floor of my closet has been seen. I wasn't really sure there was a floor. I thought maybe that was where old clothes went to die. Anyway, I have a long long way to go to get this house back in some kind of order, but I'm energized now. Hopefully it will last.
I was able to get in quite a bit of knitting, too. Last spring, I picked up 5 balls of Patons Shetland Chunky for $1 ea. It was pretty and soft, but I really had no idea what I would do with it. Last week, my church knitting/crochet group received an e-mail requesting that we bring in whatever items we had collected or made for the Appalachian mission. We do a lot for the kids up there, but there is a nursing home with many in need. They were asking for blankets, towels, washcloths, heaters - warm stuff. I rifled through the stash that was lurking in my closet and ran across this yarn. I was able to start and finish a lapghan with the 5 balls I had on Saturday. It's a simple piece, worked double-stranded, completely in garter stitch. It is unbelievably warm and soft. I hope someone gets some warmth and pleasure from it.
After that, I started a wrap out of some off-white Baby Clouds I had bought on eBay about 2 years ago - also for the mission. It's amazing how warm this loopy fabric can be.
And now, on to the Throw Up Socks. I ran across this yarn on KnitPicks and just loved it. It seems to fall-ish and the name is just wonderful - Gingerbread House. It's a wool/alpaca blend, is so incredibly soft, and I was very excited to start working with it. HOWEVER, having 2 tweens in the house has a tendency to deflate one's elation. D#2 saw me working with it on Friday and said "That looks like colorful throw up." Gee, thanks! Yesterday, I asked D#1 what the yarn reminded her of. "Kinda like vomit," she said. Well, I like it anyway. But I guess the socks will forever be referred to as the Vomit Socks. KIDS!