Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Put a Sock in It! your yarn basket..yeah, that's all I meant. Mmmhmmm.

I am doing a new sample of my Zigzag Sock with Lavendar Sheep's beautiful sock yarn and I couldn't wait to show you!

I know! Isn't it pretty? I love the colors and the yarn is so sweet--delicate yet strong. It's making a very comfy fabric.

I also wanted to show you that my experiment with TLC Cotton Plus is working out just as I had wished, except for the heel. We hates it, we do.

I tried the short-row heel in PGR's Dream Socks and I do not like--too chunky and all. I have to do the other one the same now because I was stubborn and kept on going. Chuh.

Oh, and I wanted a thick, honkin' sock just like this. I used to have a pair of white cotton socks that were too big and thick. I would wear them padding around the house--not with shoes. The next pair like this is going to be even bigger in the foot. Ahhhh. Enticed, relatives? Would you wear socks like theses?

And just what is this long panel of Moss Diamond Lace for, anyway, you may ask?

All shall be revealed...all in good time, my pretty!

On the home front, we proved that we are not true Tacomans (what, men who make/eat tacos?) by shirking the new Narrows Bridge festivities this past Sunday. Instead, we went to see Harry! The Order of the Phoenix was so incredible. If you just go in expecting that about half of the story will not be addressed, you'll have no problems with it. It was absolutely delightful. What parts were included were taken time with and fully explored, which is much better than frantically attempting to cram everything into one movie. I didn't quite get done with my second reading of the book before we saw the movie, but that's okay. I''ll tell you what else--I am not touching the Deathly Hallows until I finish this one and read The Half-Blood Prince again. Slowly and gleefully, I might add. I am turning my head to most media for the next couple of months. No spoilers will get to me!

Next time, I'll show you my little seedling garden (everything's actually sprouting) and more knitting, of course!

Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Done Vacationing & Wiggling

Not just any old wiggling, but Aran Wiggling.

I just finished her yesterday. After miles of turtleneck, then the end weaving and the Kitchener on the underarm join, here she is. I couldn't even wait to block it before I fit it to the Hilda with the wacky hand (that hand makes me crazy, but she's my one and only model and I love her). This one is a perfect size 36 and hugs Hilda so well, don't you think? Again, the Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL was so soft and fun to knit with. I wish I could wear this one, but it's a shop model.

Besides, I wouldn't wear it right now, and I'm even glad I am done knitting it, because we are having a little heat wave. It's supposed to go to 97 today, and I believe it. The stange thing is, we have boisterous breezes accompanying this thing. I guess that's a good thing--it would feel even hotter if not for that. I'm staying in with the AC, obviously.

THANK YOU to all of you who gave me birthday wishes! Over the past week, Fred has joined me in half-centuryness, and we went on a camping/hiking trip to celebrate. I have always wanted to go to the Washington Peninsula and see the Hoh Rain Forest and the coast at La Push, and that's just what we did. We almost did the whole 101 loop, but on the way home (and after a lovely July 4 day at Hurricane Ridge) we shot on home by way of Bremerton and Hwy 16 (with a look at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge). We had a wonderful week off at home and on the road. If you'll click on the Flickr thingy over in the sidebar, you can see some of my pictures. Lovely.

Now it's back to work--patterns to edit, patterns to write, and always knitting!

Happy Month of Harry!
(Today the fifth movie & in ten days the seventh book!)