Friday, June 19, 2009

Out Of Bad, Comes Good

Well, fourth time's a charm, I guess. It took me four starts to get this sock going. The first one was way too wide...that's the one I showed in a recent post. Then I cast on again in the car on the way to work but dropped a stitch and tore it all out and decided to start it up again at lunch. Started for the third time and knit a couple of rows and realized I had some weird loops of yarn hanging loose...couldn't figure out what was wrong, so I ripped it out again and started for the fourth time...with much grumbling.

This cast on will end up with 64, rather than 74 stitches and I think will fit much better. (I sort of wondered if 74 stitches wasn't going to be too big.)

And not only will it fit better....look....

I like this version much better! There isn't any pooling or striping and gee, I just love these colors. So, although starting a sock four times is not something I generally love to do, in this case, the end result is a great improvement.

Nice afternoon. We left work early as Rachel had a physical therapy appointment (for her back). While she was there, Arthur and I wandered over to the Toyota dealership and, lo and behold, they had a Scion of the original boxy ones. We really like the look of them and don't care as much for the new ones. So we asked to take this one for a test drive....pretty darn nice. But it's a 2006, the last year this version was made, and it has 40,000 miles on it. But we really liked it.

Picked Rachel up and we headed down the road to the Nissan dealer to try out the Cube. It was nice too. And brand new. And a little more maneuverable, Arthur said. But not as high off the ground...and it didn't have the same feeling of openness and visibility. On the other hand, the Scion only had two airbags, and the Cube had six. The Scion had wonderfully comfortable seats...but seemed to be pulling to the side somewhat on braking.

Still, it was fun to take these vehicles for a spin.

Giz had a nice evening, too, with a little outside time.

He'll undoubtedly throw up later.


Erica said...

I love the sock colors! And good luck with the kitty urp -- may I recommend Kids N Pets to deal with any carpeting that takes a hit?

Rooie said...

Actually, he didn't throw up! Though that's sort of his hobby and he does like to indulge in it frequently.

And our carpets...well, they are beyond Kids and Pets, I think. Unless it comes in A-Bomb strength.