Sunday, March 28, 2010

Coming Up for Air

The funeral is Tuesday.  Between Lis and I, I think all of Val's friends have been notified.  I made the calls she couldn't bring herself to make.  So...if you knew Val and you get a weird message on your answering machine that sounds like a sheep bleating, "V-v-a-a-a-a-l-l-l's d-d-ea-ea-ea-ea-d-d...", it was me.  It was the best I could do.  My voice has never shook (shaken?) so much in my entire life. 

Thank you for your kind comments and emails.  They mean so much to me.  I am still trying to make sense of how someone so healthy and fit can just drop dead at age 51.  I am still trying to make sense of why Lisa, who has endured more terrible losses than anyone I have ever known in my life, has to endure even one more.  She is extremely fragile, both physically and emotionally, and I am very afraid for her.

 My knitting has been scattershot over the last few days.  A new clue came out for Evenstar, and I've worked on it a little bit.  I've plugged away a little on Luna Moth, but not enough to get a complete color change.  I've been quite the restless knitter, but I have picked up one new technique:

Yes, thanks to Dee who told me she taught herself to knit socks on a road trip (or something like that), I decided to take my mind off of my grief by learning a few techniques for toe-up socks!  I grabbed some of this yarn that I've had lying around for a few years now (bought it the first time I thought I'd learn to knit socks:

I tried this a few years ago, and it was a hissyfit on needles, so I've always thought I'd need to take a class to learn how to knit socks.  I still may find out that would help, but I think I did really well on my first toe!

This might be a nice sock for Romeo.  I think it would fit him (not that he would actually touch his toes to a patterned sock but...).  However, I wanted a pair of socks for me...and I really don't care a lot for this colorway - it was in the clearance bin and was going to be my "learning" yarn, not my "wearing" yarn.

I just happened to have some Knit Picks Stroll kettle dyed sock yarn and a pattern, so I grabbed my #2 dpns and put my newfound sock knitting skills to the test.  My first toe turned out like this (please ignore Romeo's feet):
I was zipping along nicely, did a couple of the instep pattern repeats, then tried it on.  It  I think socks are supposed to fit snugly, yes?  This one was quite roomy.  I felt like I was knitting so tightly that the needles would break, but when I checked my gauge, I was off by both 1 stitch and 1 row.  Curses!!!  I frogged it, put away the #2s and got out the #1s, fed Wilbur and went to bed for the night.  The cute little socks in springy grasshopper green will have to wait till another day.  But now, at least I have confidence that they will be done!

Oh!  I also wanted to show off my new case for circs and dpns!  I bought this nifty suede covered file case at Barnes Noble several years ago and never did anything with it.  It sat sadly in the basement and, every time I cleared out stuff to donate to charity, it would go into a box...then at the last minute be rescued and put back in the basement.  The green case clearly had a purpose.
 I decided this would be the perfect case for my circs and dpns - and it is!  The problem was labeling the individual pockets.  First I tried these Post-It type folder tags:
They really didn't work.  Every time I opened the case, they'd go flipping everywhere.  Some of them I never found.  One, I found on the bottom of Wilbur's left front paw! 

I spent a good half hour at Office Max last week researching tabs, and I found the perfect set.  Voila!!!
My needles are organized, and I am a happy woman!  Wilbur is happy, too, now that he is no longer branded "#10 1/2".  Say "Hi" to my fiddles.  They get pretty lonely these days when all I have time to do is knit and sing.  Poor babies...

And it is officially spring here in Ohio, so you know what that means...
This is what I woke up to Friday morning.  See that footprint just to the left of the skidmark left by the morning paper?  That's where my sandaled-but-otherwise-barefoot foot met three inches of "spring".  The neighbors have yet to recover...

I hope to get some serious knitting done tomorrow (maybe a little blogging, too). Thanks for reading, commenting, and being part of my tying together the holes (both literal and figurative) of my life.


  1. Looks like you are learning socks VERY quickly. Congratulations!

    Oh my -- 3" of snow you say??? Well, it sure does look pretty on the pine tree.

    Wishing you a "real" spring real soon.

  2. my thoughts are with you. nothing like a new project as a distraction for a few minutes so you can build up your energy.
    NICE socks!