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I think that I’m in love…

With sock knitting, that is.  In partial fulfillment of my goal to knit at least three pairs of socks this year, I have chosen to knit my first pair of socks as plainly as possible.  Consequently, I chose to knit up a pair of stockinette socks with an eye of partridge heel.  To keep the interest factor high, though, I decided to knit the socks up out of some very lovely KPPPM.  The colorway that I chose, P 861, is a lovely combination of deep hunter greens, eggplant purples and aquas.  It is beautiful and is knitting up wonderfully.

I have to admit, however, that the best part is that they are knitting up quickly.  After spending over a year on what was truly my first sock only to not finish because of sizing issues and disappointment over a myriad of mistakes, the rapidity with which these socks are knitting up is very satisfying and encouraging.  I am already more than halfway through the gusset of the first sock and I cast on only a week ago.  That’s practically at the speed of light given the turtle’s pace at which I knit…

I think that this project is exactly what the doctor ordered to get my enthusiasm with sock knitting back on track and it’s just in time for the first shipment of my sock clubs.  Oh, did I not mention those before?  Yes, well…  I am fortunate enough to be enrolled in not just one but two sock clubs this coming year: the Lord of the Rings Sock Club and The Ram Club, Series 2.  The first shipments for both of these clubs is supposed to be sometime this month and I am so excited that my stomach is in knots most of the time from the anticipation.  I’ll be sure to post some photographs soon after they arrive.  You know, after I’ve had sufficient time to relish in the fiber-y goodness.

Speaking of photographs, my new digital camera just arrived on Friday!!  After a fiasco of a time with another company of which I will not speak, I finally ordered my new Canon PowerShot SD790 IS from a company called Abe’s of Maine, which it turns out actually ships from Edison, New Jersey.  I ordered the camera on Thursday morning and it was here on Friday.  Better yet, the shipping was free.  Now that is what I call great service.  Plus they have great prices.  You should check them out if you are in the market for some new electronics.

Anyway, the reason that I purchased the new camera is because I wanted a light, compact camera that I can easily carry around with me everywhere and all the time during my trip to Japan in March.  I do have other fancy cameras, some of which will also be coming with me, but they are all a bit on the bulky side and are not really the kinds of things that you want to carry around with you all the time.  So, I wanted a small point-and-shoot camera that I could carry with me everywhere to make sure that I don’t miss a moment of the trip.

It has been almost 8 years since the last time I went to Japan and this is the first time that I will be seeing Tokyo.  Much yummy food and fiber has already been worked in to the trips itinerary.  This is going to be an awesome trip!!  So, the reason for telling you this is not to make you jealous of my upcoming vacation but rather to tell you that I’m going to be familiarizing myself with and generally testing out the camera over the time before I leave on  vacation.  I’m going to be documenting these experimental shots over at my MobileMe Gallery in the album labeled ‘Familiarization’, just in case you are interested in seeing the image quality that I’m able to get out of it.  Here’s a little taste from the first mini photo shoot:

And in some other news, I’ve posted another poem – Fate – on my Poetry page.

Well, I think that’s it for now…