Eh. I had to go find some Halloween socks. What can I say?
No. Here's the truth: sure, I got some socks, but the trip was primarily to Goodwill, where, today--because it's Sunday--you can get t-shirts for 79 cents. Good, heavy 100% cotton t-shirts in a huge rainbow of colors and lots of sizes. You're not impressed? You should be! Sure, it's not impressive if you're thinking, "Why in the world would I want to wear someone's old 'Fear This!' t-shirt, or that one from their high-school fund-raiser where they sold keychains and gourmet salami and the shirts said, 'The Key to Fine Salami'? Huh? Why?"
That's because you're thinking about it all wrong. Instead of thinking "someone's old t-shirts to wear," think "soft, heavy knitted cotton for less than $1 a yard" (if you find an XXlarge, it's a REAL score).
I found colors that are perfect for the embellishment I want to do on this shrug/shirt thing, and--AND!--I found the sweatshirt I was looking for last week. Glad I didn't find it then, because then I wouldn't have attempted to do this:
Here's the shirt:
I use the floss book to help me pick out the colors I want to use, but then the moment of truth arrives when I go to the floss cabinet: I actually use whatever I have on hand unless I'm not going to start stitching for a while and have time to go to the store. I HATE doing that, as both stores that carry DMC are all the way on the other side of town. I won't make a trip just for that.
I ended up using three autumnal colors.
Close up--you can see how the edge rolls over the top row of stitching. Not a huge deal--I could have flipped it, but the wrong side of the knit is pretty obviously The Wrong Side, so I left it like this.
OK--I'm off to Starbucks to finish stitching the neck--I'm not quite halfway through the third and final row. Then I'll remove the ribbed cuffs and do the same on those. Then I'll launder the Goodwill t-shirts and pick out the colors I want for some sort of applique--or! wait! maybe a *reverse* applique! Cool idea!--and get to work on that. Hope to finish it tomorrow so 1) I can show y'all and 2) I can wear it and 3) I can start on one of the other two Goodwill finds--the sweatshirt and a fabo cotton sweater.