thank you for commiserating with me. my new knitpicks needles arrived today. i got FOUR of the 2.25mm/32 inch circulars. now i can have many more socks on needles half done! seems the points may not be quite as sharp as the original batch. i sure hope so. i developed quite a hole in my left index finger from using the 2.5mm needles. i still have a nice callous there. pointy is good; too sharp is not.
i won a contest over at lady knitterly's a while back. her contest involved opera. i was very lucky since i have only been to two operas in my life. one was at the san francisco opera house and i do not even remember which one i saw. the only other one was at the open theater in verona, italy where i saw aida. one cannot visit verona without attending the opera. the main draw was the chocolate which i have never tried. she also included 3 skeins of knitpicks alpaca cloud in tidepool since i mentioned that i like knitting lace shawls. i may use this for a "creatures of the reef" shawl...the pattern was part of a wonderful and generous prize package from kerry (yes, the same person who sent me some sol joy).
meanwhile, i think i have finished my sample sock for theknitter's sotm club's august offering. i've frogged so many times that i think i have finished knitting at least 2 pairs of socks...and i have one sock to show for the effort. the yarn has held up quite well. now to write up the pattern.