Ladies and gentlemen, I am on fire! I feel very motivated by my decision to knit through the basket. So motivated that I went ahead and pulled out an ancient project (this puppy is at least three years old).
This is one of the first pairs of socks I ever made, and the first pair ever to spring a hole. Not that this sock sprang a hole recently. This sock has been sitting in this state for about a year now, with the hole inadequately patched with some bastardization of darning. After reading Claudia's Blog from the tenth, the answer to this holey question came to me. In photo two, you can see the result of my epiphany. I frogged past the hole. Of course, I lost some yarn (surprisingly little), but I think a bit of a tiger toe will be funky. Unfortunately, I got rid of all the rest of this yarn since I detested it. It's very hairy and sticky, and it was a nightmare to knit. Frogging was also difficult, as these socks were worn often and hard (did I mention that these are my boyfriend's?), and the ball of the foot area was quite felted (the heel is completely felted). All of that aside, I am so excited to fix this sock! My boyfriend will be excited, and it won't be hanging over my conscience anymore.
The green sock is not the only resurrected project. I've also dug out the yarn for Hedera #2. I'm past the heel, and should be done soon! One snag... my Hedera will be fraternal twins. I somehow screwed up the heel placement on the first sock, which I didn't even realize until I was working this one. Anyway, since I don't wear socks with sandals, no one will see the feet portions, and I can live with the occasional glimpse of imperfection.
I've set aside the Astrakhan (again) in anticipation of a new pattern. More on that when I have it in my hot little hands. Lastly, most of the yarn pictured in my basket last time seemed easily recognizable, but the green sock yarn had a couple of people asking questions. The yarn is Austermann Step. I'm very curious about how this is going to knit up, and am currently lookign at different patterns. I'm definitely leaning toward another pair of Jaywalkers!