Thanks for your kind words about my student. His family will be in my thoughts for a long time.
I'm about to start another day of grading. I finished one class's papers and returned them yesterday, and I want to see if I can get two more sets done today. The biggest distraction, though, is this. I adore knitting these socks; I've never knit anything so quickly. I'm stalled out now. I'm simply uncertain about what heel will do the most justice to the, um, bright stripes of this yarn. I'm thinking the forethought heel, but as I've been trolling the Web, I can't find a tutorial, and I just don't "get" the directions from Sensational Socks. Can anyone suggest another heel that will let me maintain my striping (clearly, the afterthought heel, too, but I'd rather try the forethought)? Should I just find some solid yarn to do heels and toes?
I had planned to take part in NaKniSweMo this year, and I've even got the yarn and pattern (Ribby Cardi). Margene's post today made me pause and rethink, though. She mentioned wanting to finish up or frog projects that are on the needles before the New Year. I like that idea of starting fresh with projects in 2008. I've decided to bow out of NaKniSweMo and re-dedicate myself to cleaning out the UFOs:
1. Forest Canopy shawl
2. Lady of the Lake cardi
3. Giving Flower mitts
4. Shadow Shawl (frog this one)
5. Wound Too Tight socks
Dulaan hat (need to decide on a new charity to get this one)
Adele (frog--don't like the yarn)
eta: 9. sushi wallet--needs felting!
While I deal with these UFOs, I also have a bunch of holiday crafting to do. I'll likely knit 50,000 stitches in November; they won't be on the same project is all!