... I'm hoping to make regular blog entries on Mondays. My Monday band practice is on hiatus until August, mostly because we don't have either a place to play or a conductor. (Our backup left the band, and provided a regular alternate space.) Add to that the fact that Amanda plans to post updates on Toasty Toes on Tuesdays, and Monday's a great day to post, don't you think?
First things first, a Toasty Toes "update." (Not necessary, since regular updates will start in mid-July, but I figure it's best to start the habit now.) There's not a whole lot happening here at casa habsgirl. I'm pondering yarn and pattern options. I've bought some pattern options: Eleanora and Nautilus, Badcaul and Giotto. I really like these patterns, and will use them for my regular sock victim and myself even if I don't use them for Toasty Toes. And I keep finding stuff I want. Must resist. (At least until I make a final decision.)
On to other socks. SageRipple continues apace:
Note the growth from the previous picture (mug present for (a) scale and (b) because I was drinking tea at the time). The first sock is now complete, and I've switched back to the Monaco socks, which are in the early part of the foot. I also ripped out the original standard bind off of the first sock, which was a little tight and done a Kitchener bind off instead. Very nice and stretchy, but a total bitch to rip back when you bugger it up.
I also finished up Womb:
It's not flawless, but I kinda like it. I will get my friend's address and send it off (along with a quick cat toy for her cat) this week.
In other parts of my life, I did a little pastry-cheffing this weekend:
A strawberry tart, with orange pastry cream and a digestive crust (digestives are a type of cookie.) Loved the pastry cream, but the crust crumbled badly. I should have done a sugar cookie crust instead - I don't make good crumb crusts.
I also bought music options for my brother's wedding. I was looking for something appropriate but quirky - I really don't want to play the same-old same-old.
A little bit of everything: 2 books of standard pieces (backups), a Leonard Bernstein book (mostly West Side Story, but some other stuff), 2 Saint-Saens pieces (the Pavane from Proserpine looks promising, even if it's from an opera about a courtesan) and Serenade for Solo Flute by Phillip Glass (which is my first choice.) Now I just need to practice some of them to make some cuts and give brother and fiancee a couple of choices.