All of the fun and games of my glorious bench time is long past now, a lovely dream or memory blurred by the chaos of a new routine. These days, I commute out to Montvale New Jersey, usually by slow-bus, and haul back to the city at night. Mostly, this is good. I mean, the slow bus sucks (and makes me car sick, and is really, really slow). I have over 3.5 hours of commuting per day. And I have to stand at an unprotected busstop for an indeterminate amount of time each day, just waiting.
But - I get to come home at night. I can see my boy and my puppy every day, even if just for a few hours. No more hotel rooms and airport gates for a while. I get to have a life - my life - back under my control. I can visit with friend (and I did!) I can go out to great New York restaurants on weeknights (we're going here tonight!) And I can just chill in front of the television with my boys if I want.
Mostly, what's new here these days are socks.
I am on my third pair this month! My new knitting criteria for the commuting slog: small; nothing I have to read or watch a chart (see car-sickness above); interesting.
And so....socks. I am running out of sock yarns, actually, and need to hunt some down before I knit myself into a quandary!
These Diagonal Rib Socks are knit in the new Tern yarn by Quince. So far, I LOVE it. The stitch definition is less than some, which actually makes me happy. I'm enjoying the feel of it, and the color is amazing. I wish I'd ordered more. As for the pattern, it was simple to memorize and to count, I don't have to watch it too closely and I am delighted with the look and feel of the fabric.
Now lest you fear that we are all work and socks and no play around here, that is just not so. There has been plenty of play, especially when the weather was warm last week.
Every dog in Manhattan (it seemed) met up in Central Park for a romp. Oreo (and his mum) joined us at on of my favorite spots to hang with the puppies - The Ballpark Cafe - for some wine and merriment.
Ben, Doolin and I have been tooling all about the park, visiting all of the blooming buds and fresh spring puppies on the loose. I have the MapMyDogWalk application on my (new!) iPhone and we are logging in some serious miles (13 of them one day recently!)
I intend to check in here far more frequently now that I'm settled into a new routine with work. I'll have a lot of knitting to do and I have missed my writting.