Thursday, August 21, 2008

Come back, sweater muse

You have been on a long vacation.

My sweater muse has taken off on a long vacation this year. It has been a totally unproductive season in the sweater department. I just frogged two more pieces the other nights and have been staring at the yarn. I am waiting for the new Nashua Magazine to arrive at my LYS. There are several pretty patterns. There's bound to be one for me.

The weather in Virginia has been very pleasant. Maybe that will inspire me. Fall seem to be not so far away. Sweater season, right? Knitting season. Kids are going back to school. It's time to come back, my sweater muse.
My sock muse, on the other hand, never left.

Watermelon Jaywalkers on left and Ellie's birthday socks on right. At the rate I am going, family and friends are getting three pairs of socks each this Christmas!

Socks rocks.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mindy's socks

Warm feet, warm heart

My friend Mindy has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

But that is where the bad news stopped. Even though the breast biopsy showed the lumps to be malignant and Mindy will have a lumpectomy to remove another lump in her breast in a couple of weeks, the PET scan did not find any more cancer in her body and it has not spread to the lymp nodes. Even though Mindy will need both chemotherapy and radiation after the surgery, her doctor expects full recovery.

Mindy will be a survivor.

And she will have warm feet throughout the ordeal.

Breast cancer socks for Mindy. Colinette Jitterbug. Go Mindy go! We are with you all the way!

Monday, August 04, 2008

A midsummer update

It's about time!

I have been slacking so badly.
You can call it a totally unproductive summer so far, so a productive one, depending on how you look at it. I have not been able to get a single sweater going this year. I started several, but all have either been put aside or frogged. The latest attempt was Hey, Teach! I got this far:

Rowan All Seasons Cotton. All that was done in sone sitting. But that was just about it. And that yarn has gone through several projects. I just might finish this one. I just might.

I was also fascinated by Norah Gauhgan's Manon:
I knitted up one peplum triangle out of curiosity. This is Karabella Aurora 8 from stash. The gauge is a tad big but I think it will fit just fine. If I finish it. The pattern is intriguing enought it might keep me going. We shall see.

Socks, however, are another story.

I can't stop knitting them.

Socks are a success story. Pair after pair after pair. Socks never let you down. Socks are great knitted up in pairs:

Or even singly:

Socks are your true friends. Socks are forever!