Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hot Weather Knitting

Projects
(Spoiler Alert:  Mom - don't read this before Mother's Day - quick, look away . . .)

The hot weather is apparently here.  I sat in 85 degree Farenheit weather today at my son's ballgame with sticky hands knitting socks for my Mom which I hope to have done in time for Mother's Day next week.  The pattern is Cable Rib Socks by Erica Alexander from Interweave Knits Spring 2005.  Here's what it looks like so far.
I like it well enough.  I certainly like how it looks in the magazine.  I must have done something wrong with the split for the heel because the cables below the gusset don't seem to be 1 or 2 stitches off but upon reflection I decided I didn't want the cable to run all the way down the foot anyway because I think it might be uncomfortable inside a shoe.  So I just let it blend into the rib on the instep which I'm keeping because Mom likes them with ribbing on the instep.  If I end up not liking how it looks I'll rip back and re-set the heel.
I'm using the Bernat Satin Sport Solids again as that's her favorite yarn for socks.  I know it's probably sacrilege to most knitters to make a pair of acrylic socks but I swear she absolutely loves them!  She says they keep her feet warm and dry.  I should borrow a pair some to see because I bet they wear like iron and at $1.50 a ball on sale at Michael's (it does take about 1.5 balls for a pair) I really can't go wrong.

In other news, here's the picture of the Buttercup. Gets up slowly to go take picture . . . wait for it . . . lame photo shoot . . . loading . . . and BAM - the power of technology. 


And a close up of the lace around the neckline which makes this shirt so special.  That and the a-line fit.









I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my angora/wool washable sock yarn that I got in VT on vacation.  It's sooooo darn soft.  The contenders are currently two pairs of socks, Hat Heels (rav link) or Skew (rav link) OR a hat and cowl which would be the Tamarind Cowl (rav link) and a slouch hat of some sort.  I'll keep thinking about it while I finish these socks.

And believe it or not I've been making good (in my opinion) progress on my Maplewing Shawl.  I've been getting up at 6:00 a.m. on the weekends so I can have a hour or two before the rest of the house wakes up to concentrate.  I'm all the way to row 26!  Hooray.  It still doesn't look like much so no picture but hopefully I can keep plugging away at it.

Musings
Work has been quite tough which is why I haven't posted in a while.  I'm enjoying the kids' spring sports and music endeavors and we're all looking forward to concert season.  We looked at the SPAC schedule for the Philly orchestra today and picked out 6 at least that we want to go to including Yo Yo Ma, the Ode to Joy and Porgy and Bess.  Our son is auditioning on part of Porgy and Bess next month for a percussion ensemble so he'd really love to see that live.  And the Saratoga Jazz Festival is at the end of June and looks to have a great line up.  We're especially excited for the Saturday which includes Al Jarreau and my favorite - Taj Mahal.  We're very lucky to live so close to such a world class venue. 

I haven't been reading anything truly inspiring lately but lots of fun stuff.  My daughter and I are reading Harry Potter.  We're on #5 and trying to finish so we can read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy over the summer.  My son and I have just started the Wheel of Time series (12 books I believe) by Robert Jordan which David Reidy of Sticks and Strings Podcast recommends.  I thought the first book was a little slow on the start but now I'm really enjoying it.  I also hope to read the Alexandria Quartet again this summer - a series I try to re-read every 7 or 8 years - but I'm going to wait until the school year ends to attempt that.  Last summer I failed at the Infinite Jest read-a-long.  The characters in it were too creepily, realistically mad for me which is in fact a sign of really incredible writing but it was too much for me.  The biographical critic would say that the writing made it obvious that David Wallace Foster had some real experience with depression and mental illness himself.  I gave the book to a friend to keep myself from going back to it but the creativity and the fantastic, amazing ideas in it and all the deep references would make it a great read if the psychic pain the characters were in didn't bother you.

Tomorrow is the first Greenmarket of the season!  Welcome summer.

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