I do not like summer. The heat leaves me pretty miserable and somewhat lethargic, so it seems that I get so much less done during those long hot months. Now that it's cooling down, I'm getting back to the things I love -- baking, cooking, knitting, sewing and such things.
While watching Heroes on my iPad (I'm late to Netflix, but so digging it!), I finished my orange Herbivore. Well, I should say that I finished the knitting. This project desperately needs to be blocked and I don't have blocking wires. Can anyone recommend some good, inexpensive ones?
I also started socks for Maddie (who loves handknit socks -- yeah!) using Wendy's generic toe-up pattern from her first ever knitting book -- Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn which I have owned for ages. In fact, my copy is an arc. I can't believe I hadn't tried it before -- her description of the short row toe was very easy to follow.
Which brings me to another Wendy Knits book:
Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace, which I have had sitting on my desk for a few weeks, right next to my computer because I have wanted to post a review. Let me say that this book is all fancy-like with charts and illustrations and lots of pretty photos of great lace projects. I especially like the Stacy Shawl and I think that if I get brave, I might attempt the Vortex Spiral Shawl. There are also hats, mittens and gloves that would be nice smaller projects.