On to knitting.
I've finished the Budding Lace Chart 2 and the next chart is the beginning of the nupps, so I've gone as far as I can go without the beads. I can't get into the city to get any, so my only option would be to order online. I'm not 100% au fait with beads, so I'm a bit nervous I'd order the wrong ones, although a friend recommended 4mm? I wonder should I just try the nupps, or put this to one side until I get the beads? I'm really enjoying knitting it and I'm afraid if I put it down it will languish. I need to think some more about it.
So, in the meantime I have cast on these:
Diagonal Lace Socks from Wendy Johnsons book, Socks From The Toe Up. This is a technique I wanted to learn as I always have lots of sock yarn left over at the end of making a pair that I don't know what to do with. This way, I can keep knitting till I run out.
I chose Judys Magic Cast On and it was really easy to learn. I'm not really feeling the love for the pattern though. I think the yarn overs are a bit big and the pattern repeat a bit short, so all I see are loads of ssk lines and big holes. I'm trying a couple of repeats knitting into the back of the yarn over to see if that pleases me more, otherwise these may end up going to the frog basket in the sky and I'll try a different pattern. It's all learning though, right?
Jared Floods Koolhaas Hat. I've wanted to make this hat for a ridiculously long time, and I figure this cold snap is the perfect opportunity. The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted and it's yum. I may end up having to Magic Loop this hat as I doubt I have dpns in big enough sizes. That'll be interesting. I haven't magic looped for ages, despite it being how I learned how to knit socks.
So fingers crossed Alice's school opens and I can get out of this house on Monday! I feel a bit trapped at the moment. Lucky I have my trusty knitting to keep me company (and sane)