Due to technical difficulties, the secret whatzit project is taking a little break right now. I had a yarn-usage target in mind for this project, and we are creeping up on the end of the yarn supply, with significant knitting still to be done. So I'll have to rip out the main body of the thing and rework it to be about 2/3 the size it is now, for yarn conservation purposes. Also, I think I lost a small piece of it during some outdoor knitting/revelry recently, though the drinking establishment in question swears they haven't found it. I think they're actually using it as a naughty cosy, but let's not go into that.
With technical difficulties staring me in the face, the only choice was (obviously) to cast on for something else. And now a momerath factory has popped up in my room:
The first one got lonely. Now he'll have a whole little village of friends. You can see some of them lined up here on the windowsill with raindrops behind them on the screen. They're just getting ready to start reciting from Jabberwocky.
I've also cast on for some socks that I'm hoping to successfully knit toe-up, following the inspiration from Ann Budd's article on toe-up sock knitting in the summer issue of IK. Is it just me, or is that article the only thing in the whole magazine worth reading? There wasn't a single design in there that I wanted to knit, and believe me I tried to like several of them, I really did. Anyway, I really like the idea of toe-up sock knitting for the economy of it - I'd like to use every last fiber of my fancy hand-dyed sock yarns and toe-up is the way to make that happen. I'm nervous about the short-row heels, but I think I've prepared myself mentally to make a good show of it at least.
Off to embroider some faces on the new momerath friends...