Since I finished the big blanket I´ve been flirting with the sewing machine (without anything presentable to show for it) and knitting on couple of smaller projects. I started Loksins! for the third time. This time with 2.25 mm needles. The first time I used 2.5 mm and then 2 mm but this time I hit the right size needles it seems. I´m also back to 4 dpns (instead of the 2 circs I was using before (2 mm)) and I have to say that I like 4 dpns a lot better then 5 (dpn=sokkaprjónar). I´m having a lot of fun knitting the socks so I don´t really mind starting over. I never got really far anyways. I really enjoy knitting lace and that helps. I´m going to teach beginner´s lace knitting class at my LYS later this fall. The girls are a little intimidated by lace and don´t realize how easy it is.
Another big knitting news is that I finally got a ball winder! It´s for winding up all the yummie yarn I´ve been getting when my mom was here. One type of yarn I got was Angora by Elsebeth Lavold. This yarn was calling me and begging to be knit.
It wanted to be a hat. It´s knit top-down. I started with 4 stitches and then just started knitting and the pattern just appeared and everything fit into place. The yarn is so soft and yummie. It´s going to be a great hat. I don´t know if I can just use 2 hank and then make 2 (one for each daughter) or if I use part of the second hank for the hat and make matching mittens. I´ll see.
Tomorrow I´ll be going to a training school in Mahwah, NJ. I´ll fly out early in the morning and wouldn´t be back until Friday evening. I´m hoping to get a lot of knitting done. Traveling without kids - what a privilege!