Crustacean Socks (using a stitch pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks) in Dale Baby Ull, knit on size 1 needles. I'm still completely enraptured by these socks, and by the stitch pattern. It's easier than it may look (I had it memorized before I finished the first pattern repeat), stretchy, and full of interesting texture. It's based on 5x3 ribbing, though as you can see, I opted to do a 2x1x2x3 ribbing at the top. I really like how that flows into the stitch pattern, and think it's probably clingier than 5x3 ribbing would be.
Speaking of crustaceans and crabs, you should listen to the latest episode of Quirks and Quarks (a wonderful CBC science show, also available as a podcast). There is a segment about how early humans got crabs from gorillas. Okay, different kind of crabs (I don't think lice are actually crustaceans), and Australopithecus, not Homo, and certainly not Homo Sapiens. But still, it's a pretty cool story that I happened to hear as I was knitting the socks. I couldn't help but share the crabs humor. Be a science geek with me! (It really is an interesting story, and not as gross as it sounds.)
In non-parasitic news, I just placed my order for yarn for the Autumn Color Cardigan. This involved placing a phone call to Scotland. If it weren't so expensive (and so confusing to figure out how to dial internationally), I'd want to randomly call people in the UK every day. Oh the accents! It also felt pretty special to be ordering Shetland yarn from someone on the island of Shetland. If I can't buy it locally, buying it from its actual local source, from someone with an accent like butter, is a good consolation. I can't wait to get started on this sweater. Let's see if I can hold out until April...