So yesterday we went around all day carrying our
purses and cellphones. In the morning Odet packed the
shawl I made her a couple years ago in a bag and set it on her desk
(she keeps it at work because the air conditioning here can be freezing).
I asked her why and she said that if we had to evacuate in a hurry she
wanted to make damn sure she didn't leave it behind. We both laughed at
that . . . but weakly.
So I did some knitting last night. As you
can see by Izzy's photo to the left, I finished the first Opal Mexiko
sock. I tried to get her to stick her paw in the sock but she refused. There's a photo here
of it with my phone stuck in the leg to fill out the ribbing. Elegant
I've started the second sock and I think I did a pretty good job of making
them identical twins -- I might be off by 4 or 5 stitches, but that's it.
And I worked on Rosendal. Here
is the sleeve in progress.
I did watch President Bush's speech last
night, but tried to avoid seeing any of the neverending news coverage.
Even so, by the end of the day I felt wounded and drained.
In Memorium -- 9.11.2001
year ago today I came to work on the second day of my new job. Just before
9:00am a former coworker called me and told me that a plane had crashed
into the World Trade Center.
And shortly thereafter all hell broke loose in Washington. I spent good
part of the rest of that day trying to get home. When our building was
evacuated shortly after 9:00am, I went to the subway, and waited there for
hours. My cellphone doesn't work underground and the only news that those
of us down there had was from people who had just come down from the
The train I have to take to get home goes by the Pentagon, so it was quite
a while before trains were allowed to run through the Pentagon station.
I'll always wonder if some of the regular commuters who always got off at
the Pentagon and who I haven't seen since September 11 of last year died
We are on high alert today, but the Federal government is open, so I'll be
going to work. It'll be business as usual. But not as usual. If you know what I
Take the Purrsonality Quiz!
I'm liking the Opal
Mexiko sock more now -- I updated the photo of it in progress-- photo here.
It's looking better now that I've got more done. I'm doing the leg in a
deep rib (k4 p3) because the recipient has really skinny ankles and she
has problems with her socks bagging around the ankles. The first pair I
knit her, in Regia cotton blend, worked out perfectly with the same rib.
Speaking of the recipient of these socks,
she and I showed up at work yesterday in the exact same dress. No easy
feat, as it was a old dress made by Carole Little, a company that's now
defunct. Fortunately we aren't in the same office -- we don't even work in
the same agency. But we always go for coffee together so you can imagine
the ribbing we got. (I made a knitting pun! Ribbing -- get it?) Hopefully we won't have a repeat performance today, or
I'll have to insist that she go home and change.
And speaking of socks, here
is something I scored off eBay. That's right folks, the one in the middle
is the highly sought-after Opal Bumblebee! And I paid retail price for it!
The two Opal Mexikos have different color numbers, 15 and 18, though they
look pretty identical in the ball, don't they? Don't really know if I need
that much Opal Mexiko. Oh
Kate . . . did you hear that?
I didn't make a whole lot of knitting
progress last night. worked a little on my sleeve and sewed down all the
Rosendal bands -- photo here.
I really wanted to get more done last night, but I was having some fairly
significant back pain which slowed me down. It's my own fault -- I moved
offices yesterday (I now have a wall of windows -- yay!!!!!) and I moved
my 21-inch monitor myself. A 21-inch monitor is really really heavy.
Still having some back pain so my hair
looks crappy today. Ever try to blow dry your hair when your back hurts?
I posted a photo of my sock-in-progress
-- Opal Mexiko -- photo here.
It's working up in fatter stripes than I'd like, but I'm knitting a small
sock -- for a friend who wears size 5 shoes. I think the finished socks
will be cute, though, and my friend will like them.
is a photo of the first sleeve of Rosendal. I finished knitting the
neckband but I haven't sewn anything down yet. I did get the buttons that
I ordered (from
Bea Ellis Knitwear) so I can knit the button loops too. I plan to make
i-cord button loops.
Some of you asked for more info about
knitting a neck steek instead of knitting back and forth as directed in
the pattern. You usually have to make some adjustments.
For example, say that your pattern tells
you to cast off 20 stitches at the front neck, then decrease 2 stitches at
each neck edge twice, then 1 stitch at each neck edge 4 times. What I
would do is to cast off 24 stitches, cast on my steek, and work in the
round, decreasing 1 stitch at each neck edge 6 times. That way you end up
with the same total number of decreases. But you are only decreasing 1
stitch at a time at each neck edge.
So as you can see, you have to fudge a
bit. This will slightly change the shape of the neck, but I've done it a
number of times and am always happy with the results.