…of a couple of things. Firstly, I have been knitting.
This is Zauberball Crazy. Kind of a fun yarn, although this colourway was a bit of a snore. I guess I need more excitement in my life. I do have to remember not to wash these with my whites
No reason, just responsible laundering. I’m all about correct laundry procedures.
Then I knit these:
Knitpicks- Felici . I’m down south and the ball band is up north. Anyhoo, I used almost all of two balls of the colourway which has been discontinued, and they are nice and soft. I used the Yarn Harlot’s basic sock instructions- love ’em- and I place the blame squarely on her shoulders for getting me back into socks. (For those of you who may be looking for a great book that gives not just the how but the why for many of knitting’s mysteries, this is the book. If you haven’t already done so, you should consider adding it to your library. It’s also good to support a Canadian writer; so few of them actually make a living at it.)
I have also mostly finished the Fireworks Socks by Anna Zilboorg (from Piecework magazine Jan/Feb 2011). Here’s the only picture so far:
I have finished knitting both socks, and the only thing left to do is decide whether to embroider along the spines as per the instructions. The pattern called for a really expensive (about $50.00 US) for a 500+ yard skein, but I have elected to investigate an alternative. As soon as it comes in to my LYS I shall make a decision, and take more pictures. These socks are knit toe-up, with interesting shaping under the foot instead of side gussets. I must say, once I got my brain into the appropriate gear, they knit up quite quickly. The first one is a little sloppier than the second (a good reason to do the embroidery), and man, do they fit nicely. One change I made on the second sock is substituting a crochet waste-yarn caston instead of the long tailed caston that was called for in the pattern, which was a real bugger (oops) to pick out when I picked up the stitches. I will knit these again, although probably not with the fireworks pattern. I just really love the construction, and it could be easily adapted to a lot of different stitch patterns.
Drunk with my own power after finishing the stripey socks last night, I immediately cast on a Celestial Shawlette. I am using some yarn from Ruth in Whistler but for the life of me I can’t remember what the composition or colourway is (sorry, Ruth). Suffice it to say it is a joy to knit with, and the colourway is beautiful and subtle dark blues. If you’ve never tasted Ruth’s work, you should. (and yet another plug for a Canadian artisan.) I am all the way out to the lace pattern, so I think this will be finished in fairly short order. (Warning! Warning! Kiss of Death Prediction!)
Knitting aside, I thought I would share with you some more of the pain that comes with trying to establish a playroom in our basement. The whole water-on-the-floor, jackhammers, weeping tile, cement, paint, blah blah blah thing has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. Here’s our patio before we left for Arizona last Friday.
****This was before the rain.
As part of the shenanigans that are happening in the back yard, we are having the patio removed and repoured so the water drains away from the house. Apparently the original owner of the house worked for a rebar company, and got the employee discount on all the rebar he could use, because this patio was 90% rebar and only 10% concrete. At one point the contractor had the blade of the bobcat bucket under the edge of the patio, and he was bobbing it up and down to try and crack the patio into smaller more manageable pieces, but all that was happening was the whole patio was jumping up and down. The ruckus caused a variety of reactions in the house:
Attie dealing with it
and the other one:
Wallace dealing with it
I ended up bundling them both into the car and off to Prairie Lily we went. Thank you Charlene, for allowing me to turn your store into Doggie Day Care.
After the Episode Sunday morning with the water in the neighbors’ yard and all that fun stuff, we haven’t heard from either Andy or the contractor. I am assuming this means that all is proceeding without further ado. I could sure stand less ado about this stupid project. I think the only thing to do about it now is to knit some more and have another Margarita. Adios!
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