Sunday, July 01, 2012

It's been awhile...

Nothing very profound to read here today.  I've written a lot of blog posts in my head while driving to and from work.  Posts about the music I'm playing on the drive, and about the obstacles I encounter along the way, and things like that.  I haven't gotten around to actually writing and posting them. I have, however, been doing a lot of knitting.

I finished these:
Finished socks early June
When we visited Tutto, the Opal sock yarn factory and store in Germany, my friend Michelle and I both bought sock yarn.  The blue-and-yellow socks are from Opal's Vincent Van Gogh collection, in the Cafe Terrasse am Abend color. It is amazing to me how evocative of the original painting they were able to make this yarn!

 I knit matching socks for both of us, using the pattern da' Treehouse by members of one of my Ravelry groups.  Mine have bumblebee buttons, Michelle's have coconut-shell buttons from my sister's sewing stash.  Cherryl loved sewing traditional style Hawaiian shirts, and the real ones always use that type of buttons.
Becky's da' Treehouse socks
Michelle's da' Treehouse socks
Denise's socks
These are for our friend Denise Johnson. Patons Kroy Socks yarn, simple rib.  Part of my promised pay-it-forward knitting from last year.  One more pair of socks and one more hat to go, then I have to begin this year's promised knitting.

These are for Michelle's daughter, Amanda.  Yarn is hand-dyed from The Dyepot, and was in my sister's yarn stash.  The pattern is Saint-Michel by Debbie O'Neill, from the Ravelry Tour de Sock group.  This was the Stage One pattern.  Oddly, the purple did not raise blisters on my fingers... (it's an inside joke)

Fields of Flowers
This pair is Fields of Flowers by Sarah Bordelon, and was the Stage 2 pattern.  Yarn was from the Big Bag O' Yarn that was given to me by Felix Zwerger at Tutto.  It was all in short pieces anywhere from two feet to several yards long. 
This pattern is Stardust by Adrienne Fong, for Stage 3.  Yarn is Trekking XXL.  There are gold-lined crystal and silver-lined translucent blue beads knitted into the lace pattern.

I've begun the Stage 4 socks.  The pattern is Brave by Sarah Bordelon, and I'm using Opal again, this time in a lovely raspberry-sherbet rose color.

Robby completed Kindergarten and is now a big first-grader!  His mom invited me to come to the ceremony at his school.  
The Graduate!
Just me...

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