Eye Candy Friday…on Sunday

Look at the gorgeous lines on this sweet ‘Vette…
1957 Chevrolet Corvette SS (built for the 12 Hours of Sebring)

A rather famous Mercedes…very futuristic!

1954/55 Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner (Formula 1)

(I took these photos at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum while at the 2007 US Grand Prix.)

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Secret Garden

If you keep your eyes open when you walk around the District, you’ll see many beautiful little nooks and crannies like this. My grandmother would have said these are the places where fairies live.

On another note: The thing about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is that it saps your ability and desire to do anything at all. And focusing or concentrating can sometimes be a real chore. Unfortunately, my health has been declining a bit in this area…I’m pushing myself way too hard.

That’s why the Gentleman’s Socks with Lozenge Pattern are taking me a bit longer than usual…I’ve been feeling particularly ill, so I’m not enjoying keeping track of the knit/purl pattern. Too much counting involved, and I keep losing my place. For now, I may just cast on a plain old sock–the kind I can knit without having to count anything at all.

Well, there’s lots of rest in my immediate future (like, this weekend!). I hope yours is relaxing, as well, and that you have lots of time to do the things you enjoy with the people you love. Happy Friday!

PINK

These six-inch beauties startled me when I was walking to work last Thursday…I looked to my left and there they were, in all their glory. So the next day, I tossed my camera into my bag before leaving the house, so I could share their raspberry-ice deliciousness with you.

CAT EMERGENCY O’ THE MONTH
We came home last night to find Maggie breathing through her open mouth, making a horrible rasping sound, and we both thought her lips looked blue-ish. So I turned on the A/C–the District is an allergy diaster zone–and called the city’s one and only animal emergency room. When they heard what was going on, they said to bring her in immediately. You see, Maggie has a heart murmur, so heart failure is always a scary possibility.

Without hesitation, as soon as I asked, our wonderful, wonderful friends Erika and Karida were on their way to drive us up to the vet, then they stayed to drive us home. True friendship, in my book. After x-rays and exam, the vet couldn’t find a reason for M’s symptoms. (Of course, M ceased all odd behavior as soon as we walked in the hospital door.)

Because the A/C seemed to have helped a little, probably by filtering the air, she could only assume M’s “attack” was due to allergies, which she’s had before, but not seriously. So home we went, with antihistamines in hand. By the time we got home, it was after 9 p.m., and we were both absolutely wiped out.

I swear, sometimes I think this cat is going to be the death of me.

BACK TO KNITTING…
Since this is a knitting blog, I thought I’d also mention that I finished Waving Lace sock #1, and really love it. Last Saturday I went to Stitch DC and picked up a really beautiful skein of Schaeffer “Anne” sock yarn for my step-dad’s socks. Chris’ final pattern choice was Gentleman’s Sock with Lozenge Pattern, from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks.

Between work, my sprained knee, M’s emergency-of-the-month, and an overall sense of exhaustion, I haven’t been very good about writing or taking and posting photos lately. To those of you who keep coming back anyway, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for bearing with me. I love sharing ideas and experiences, and hearing about yours, too, so I’ll try to be more consistent from now on.

For now, though, I’ll just say: I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful weekend with lots of sun, fun, and time for knitting!

A Perfect Day

Need I say more?

Well, perhaps I do, considering my absence lately. You see, I sprained my knee…

I went to the ER with excrutiating pain and numbness(!) after a bad fall. X-rays and a sonogram ruled out broken bones and deep vein thrombosis (DVT, a dangerous blood clot condition that can happen to anyone after any leg injury–be aware!). Final diagnosis: sprain. I opted for the cane over crutches, which I absolutely detest (ever since I had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee two years ago). So lots of rest for me and my leg.

Oddly, with more time to slow down, elevate knee, and rest, I haven’t felt much like knitting! But when the mood strikes, I work on my Waving Lace sock. Almost done with this one:

I’ll have to take a break between sock #1 and sock #2 to make a pair of socks for my step-dad’s Christmas present…Yes, that’s right. I still owe him a Christmas present for 2006! It’s a long story–involving an online seller who failed to deliver a lovely gift we ordered in December. We finally got him to issue a refund.

Since it’s now May, I thought it would be nice to offer Walter the hand-made gift of his choice. He loved the socks I made for my mom’s birthday, so I told him I’d make a special pair for him. The saga continues: I’ll show you the patterns I’m considering in my next post.

Meanwhile, to all of you, find a place in the sun or shade, a cool drink, and enjoy the weekend. Happy Monther’s Day!

Café de Printemps


Weekend plans: Find a table in the sun with my honey, order some cool drinks, and read/write/knit to our hearts’ content.

As for MDSW: I just can’t do it. We’ve been a bit tight, money-wise, lately, and so I decided that it would make more sense to spend that money on:

(1) Our May rent (!)
(2) Beads for my stitch markers and fabric for my knitting bags (all under the Knit*Six “design label”), which Karida is going to sell on my behalf at her booth at the Knitters Connection in Columbus, OH, in June
(3) Our trip to Indy in June, for the US Formula One Grand Prix

Also, I have no shortage of yarn and fiber at home, and no projects planned for the near future for which I’m lacking supplies. Going to the festival is a lot of fun, but I’d be just too tempted to buy “stuff” – whether I actually want to/need to or not. And with our small space, there’s not much room to store more than I already have.

This was a carefully thought out decision, so I don’t feel left out or (too) disappointed. Instead, I’ll enjoy a beautiful weekend with Chris, and go to a DC United football (soccer) game on Sunday :-)

Finally, for my online knitting & blogging friends…I’m wishing you all a lovely spring/autumn weekend (depending on your hemisphere), with loads of time for repaxing with your needles.

Feeling Pretty

Mmmmmm. Pretty colors…


I promise to talk about something else after this, but I just had to share my recent sock yarn madness. This is the stash accumulated, mostly, during the past month…Largely rewards for meeting a goal I set for myself :-)

The two “cakes” are Lorna’s Laces Watercolors and Neighborhood Fiber Co. (NFC) Brightwood. The skeins, clockwise from the top are: Claudia Hand Painted Chocolate Cherry; Sundara Yarns’ Cherry Blossoms; NFC’s Brookland (teal and purple); a gorgeous cranberry-colored semi-solid from NFC (I forget the color’s name!); and Claudia’s Pink Dot.

And, to quote Basie, “once more once,” before they head to the post office today–the oh-so-pretty Orchid Socks (AKA Simply Lovely Lace Socks in Koigu KPPPM)…complete with sewn-down picot edge.

Please be advised: These socks are meant for far smaller feet than mine! (As you can tell.)

Finally, because Maggie’s been getting all the attention lately…

This is Katja, looking pretty and pensive. Despite her precious “Fancy Feast” appearance, she’s actually a hellion–a wannabe barn cat. We love that about her.

Bad Yarn Karma Reversed!

First things first. Here’s some belated eye candy:

The image quality sucks–I snapped this with my cell phone camera yesterday–but those colors were just gorgeous.

Anyway, I’ve been away for a few days. Not feeling so hot. I had a medical issue last week (Maggie wasn’t the only one) and followed up with a doctor’s appointment yesterday. I’m sure it’s nothing, but it might be exacerbating my usual complete and utter exhaustion…

OK, enough of me. Let me show you some more cell phone photos:

That’s right! The striped hat is actually DONE. Bad yarn karma (BYK) banished. And just in time, considering we went out to a Phillies/Nationals game the other night and it was COLD. Actually, I finished it just minutes before the DC United game I went to last Saturday, when it was cold and rainy.

You see, when DC had its faux spring a few weeks ago, we packed all my hats away with our winter stuff. So when the day of the football (soccer) game dawned chilly and damp, I was a bit worried. That afternoon, I rushed home, wove in ends, made tassel, and caught the Blue Line out to RFK Stadium just in time.

That makes two cold RFK visits in one week. And both times, I was thankful for this hat. For months, it’s languished in a bag, slung over a chair back (all the doorknobs are taken). This is the pattern you have to knit to accomplish Level 1 in TKGA’s Master Hand Knitter program, and I’m not very excited about it. It’s OK. Just not the kind of hat I’d choose to make on my own.

But once I got going with the new pink yarn–which extinguished the BYK–it basically finished itself. All stockinette in the round. Knit, knit, knit, change color, knit, knit, knit. Needless to say, I made it in front of the television, watching BBC mysteries from Netflix.

Here’s a blurry photo of Pat Burrell’s butt–the same way I saw him when I used to go to Reading Phillies games in PA. Funny to see the same view five years later and a few hundred miles away ;-)

As for the Master Hand Knitter program…I’ve completed all of my swatches and the hat. Haven’t answered the questions yet. But for some reason, I’ve lost interest. Now that I’ve done the work, I’m just not all that concerned about having the Master Knitter title. I’d rather knit for myself, for fun, for art. Not to adhere to someone else’s subjective ideas of perfection.

So, the hat I scorned for so long will go into the box with my other woolies. It’s not the hat’s fault that someone wrote a dumb pattern. It’s kept me warm when no other hat was around…I think I’ve grown a bit attached to it. And all of my swatches will join their friends in my bag-o-swatches, and someday become part of…well…something. A throw, perhaps?

(I can’t toss a perfectly good swatch, can you?)