My basic sock recipe, 68sts, size 43
Yarn: Everything Old Signature Sock
I haven't used this yarn before, but I really like it. 80% merino / 20 % nylon - blend is buttery soft and very pleasant to knit. The yarn is dyed self-striping, and it truly works. Not like Opal or Regia's self-striping yarns which tend to have odd jumps from one color to next. It's machine washable, and perfect choice for everyday socks. Soft yet durable. Definitely going to buy more of this.
To get my knitting mojo back after a long break, I've decided to join KALs on Ravelry. 26 Pair Plunge starts in July, and I'm saving my sock WIPs for that. I participated in plunge II and tried to knit 52 pairs, but fell short to 32 pairs. This year I'm aiming for 26 and if it goes well, next year 52. I want to have time for baby knits because my youngest turns one, and I don't want to save all the pretty baby patterns until I'm a grandmother.
Anna Dalvi's Mystic Fire - shawl started on Wednesday, and I finished clue #1 yesterday. I've knitted one of her shawl patterns few years ago and I like them, the repeats are easy to remember and progress is logical after one learns how it goes. I'm using The Yarn Yard Toddy in Pillar Box Red from my stash.
My eye surgery was great success. It's odd - I see so many details now I never noticed before. Trees, for example. A tree was full of green leaves, and a brown trunk. Now when I look at the tree, I can see individual leaves from far. It's hard to explain, but it's like seeing a coloring picture with individual pen strikes instead of just a field of color. I thought my glasses were all right, so I never expected such a clarity.