I decided on the ankle socks. I'm using this pattern (pattern number 6) with Cascade Fixation Spray in Harlequin. I started out with US 3 dpns and 56 stitches but that was ripped just past Rockford. I'm now using 48 stitches and US 2 dpns. The yarn is very stretchy and this combination seems to fit over my foot without too much extra fabric.
Our trip to the Chicago-area was worth the time and effort. We attended the Ordination of Deacons held at St. Cletus Parish in LaGrange......since the ceiling of Holy Family Cathedral fell in several weeks ago. *yikes* This was the first Mass I've ever attended and I found it to be quite interesting. The Archbishop of Chicago was there, too, to add to the special nature of the event. According to DH, it was about twice as long as a typical one. A friend and former (two-levels up) supervisor (now retired) was ordained as a Deacon yesterday. Definitely a career-change, don't you think? I think it is an interesting path to take, especially for a guy in his late 50s.
Since I've been thinking of potential new careers I may want to take up in about five years or so, his achievement has altered some of my internal stereotypes of what paths are open to me (or anyone). Not that I'm thinking of the church as a career now, but this new career of his is *so* different than the one he held with my employer. It makes me realize that I should expand my horizons. He's was so happy yesterday....I'm so glad for him and that DH and I were able to witness the ceremony.
As you can see in the first photo, the irises are in full bloom. I have two more patches of irises just like those. So, I'll say it again, I would love to share some rhizomes with you (and you and you and you) later this summer. I have to divide these irises and I have no idea where to put them all. Please email me or leave a comment if you would like some for your garden.