I’m it!

Do you know the old saw, “when you look up stupid in the dictionary, you see a picture of him”?

The other day I received a message in my Ravelry messages asking permission to use my picture. Now, when you look up Striped Modular vest in patterns you see me!  I believe the Harlot’s phrase is “Gobsmacked!”

What I go through for you!

There I was, in Louisiana, in the August sun, smiling for the camera. No problem, you say? Take a look: there I was, in long sleeves and my Striped Modular Vest, trying to look as pleased as I will be when it will be winter and I will be grateful for a Merino vest! Meanwhile, I am back in the house, back in my shorts, but still doing a FO happy dance.

It was difficult to keep the Meezers off the vest while it dried. They seem to think that something as cozy as a good wool knit garment was meant for their comfort. I love them, but not that much.

I have posted pictures of the two girls, but not much of Casper, DH’s cat. He fancies himself to be a computer supervisor and a paperweight. In fact, Casper will sit on anything that is spread out ceremoniously. You can see him officiating over pictures on several of my Ravelry projects.

Here is the Casper view I have from my keyboard: Casper acting as paperweight for a sewing notions catalog. He doesn’t realize it was left there as a decoy for his attention. As long as he has something to sit on, he pretty much ignores other pieces of paper. And yes, he does know he is that handsome!

I had to go to town anyway…

I had to go to town anyway, so I dropped in at Knits by Nana. I was hoping to buy Berroco’s Norah Gaughan Vol. 3, Woodland Gothic/Art House. Also on my list was the fall issue of Rowan, which I have read is a super-duper anniversary issue. (I’m a Rowan virgin, having only read about them on line.) Neither book has come in yet. Sigh.

Not to despair, I had my mostly-knit modular vest in my bag, and was on the hunt for a big square button. Would you believe they had square buttons that were way too big? I had been concerned that I wouldn’t find one large enough. Many were considered, but this shell rectangle was chosen. The only knitting that remains are the front lower bands.

Actually, I finished during the Olympics this weekend. Vest has had its soak, and is drying.

It just didn’t feel right to purchase only a button. After all, we are trying to drive less, and here I was, in a yarn store, with lovely things available, within reach! So I trolled through the sock yarn room. I did have a chuckle with the proprietor, recalling when she opened she hadn’t stocked any sock yarn, and now she has a sock yarn room.

This yarn caught my eye. It is Online Supersock Afrika, color 89. I had good luck knitting with Online before, nice stripes and generous yardage. More importantly, my olive socks had worn out. (They were the only pair to wear through since I began knitting socks in 2001.) These should fit the bill. As you can see, knitting has begun. I had a meeting to attend Thursday night, and this simple K3, P1 rib was mindless knitting. I used the sock for car knitting Saturday, and found this yarn has a very long repeat. See that plain white bit, followed by a solid gray (the elephant part of my Afrka socks, as I think of it) that began the cuff? I didn’t come across this combination again until just before the heel flap. These will definitely be fraternal twins.

Yes, those are new needles, too. After Wendy Johnson’s strong recommendation of Hiya Hiya needles, I decided to try a 40″ #1 for magic loop knitting. It came with lagniappe, too (Louisiana French for a little something extra): there was a tapestry needle inserted in the package. The 40″ length features 4.5″ bamboo needle shafts. Were they any longer I wouldn’t be able to trade the first two cast-on stitches to unite my beginning circle. Otherwise, they are delightful. If I hadn’t been so greedy for cable length and had purchased the 32″ needles, it wouldn’t have been such a squeak.

Then, as I was checking out, my friend, Dez Crawford, came in to Nana’s for a circular needle. It was great to see her for a moment, but we couldn’t linger, as she had to pick up her DH, and I had groceries trying not to melt in the trunk. Go see her delightful blog at http://www.mambocats.blogspot.com. She is currently knitting a series of baby blankets. Three of her nieces had babies at the same time – a whole new batch of “mambokitties”.

Olympic knitting with Meezers

In the language of the 50’s, “a good time was had by all”. The Olympians continue to amaze and inspire. I continue to knit. The Meezers continue to supervise. Here are Torie and I at work. Much progress has been made on the vest. The fronts and back have been knit and assembled; the collar has been knit on; and I am knitting the back bottom band. Torie has kept a close eye on the pattern to keep me on track.

Torie is not the only Meezer keeping watch with Meowmy, although she would like you to think so. At my feet, acquiescing to Torie’s demands, is my loyal Minky. When Torrie observes kitty nap time elsewhere, Minky happily snoozes on my lap while I knit.

A muggle reading this might find it about as exciting as watching grass grow. As a knitter, it doesn’t get much better than this. We, the Meezers and I, have been having a wonderful Olympics. How about you?

Olympic Knitting

Can’t you just hear the knitting needles as knitters around the world embrace knitting during the Olympics? There has been much less activity than usual on Ravelry because we’re all glued to the Olympics (and our knitting). I have been having a great time knitting with Berroco Jasper, a 100% merino in Mochia Blue. I’ve always been easily amused by variegated yarn. This one has a marvelous, soft hand and long color changes. It’s being knit up in the Striped Modular Vest by Andra Knight-Bowman, found in the September, 2008 Creative Knitting. (You can see the pattern on Ravelry). So far I have the two back pieces sewn, but not blocked.

I took this outside to get a reasonable color accuracy, and found myself being loudly heckled! The floatilla of Mallard ducks that lives in our lake had arrived. As best I could count (they keep moving!) there were 26 of them today.

The flock began with about a dozen adults purchased for the lake, and now represents the addition of the spring ducklings becoming (almost) adults. There was one flock member absent this afternoon. We have a recent addition, a single, large white goose. She looks like the Trojan Horse of duckies – twice as big, and all white. The ducks swim quickly and smoothly, but the goose bobs up and down as she paddles, and brings up the rear. On occasion, they let her be the ceremonial parade marshal, and follow her down the lake.

I couldn’t resist one beauty shot for you. This rose is named Oklahoma, and is a granddaughter of the Chrysler Imperial variety. It blooms profusely, but is not as fragrant as the damask roses. It is the best I could do to hand you a bouquet for your Olympic achievements.