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  • knitting1105 5:17 pm on July 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Serendipity socks 

    I finished the Serendipity socks from the STR 2008 club. Not a fan at all of their patterns or the way that they are written. I am just trying to knit each sock, and hopefully come up with some new techniques in the process. I will say that this one fit well, and I have a high instep that does not usually work with the short row heels. I might repeat this heel (with my version of the wrap and twist of course) on a future sock. I feel that knitting them all up is my penance for purchasing the club again after being less than satisfied with it last year. I have a lot of CookieA patterns that I want to make, but need to finish these first.

    Forgot to purchase my vehicle sticker by the deadline yesterday. It has been a VERY hectic past 6-7 weeks. I am so mad, it doubled today. The bureaucracy in the village makes me hate this town. I really like the people, but the village government is inept at best, and it is very expensive to live here. But, I love my house, and Ethan doesn’t want us to leave before he has a couple of years of college in. Not to mention that it is a bad time for real estate. My DH is looking at new jobs, but staying in the area. I’d like to find my small town in a few years and try something new. I keep saying that…

     
    • Manning 10:00 pm on July 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I would be lost if you moved! You must stay at least until F. is out of high school. 🙂

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  • knitting1105 1:38 am on July 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Mom’s 80th BDay 

    My mother turned 80 a week ago today, and last Saturday we had a surprise birthday party for her. Amazingly enough, we were able to carry off the surprise and coordinate it all with email. Big thanks to my new sister-in-law Stacey who was the one who really pulled all of the details together. All of my siblings except one were able to attend. I am showing a photo of my mother wearing a shawl that I made for her. It is a Faroese shawl from Myrna Stahlman’s great book. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the yarn. This predates Ravelry, where I have been able to keep track of all of my projects, and actually record the yarn, pattern, needles, etc. I have 2 empty books that I had purchased in the past for this explicit purpose. They are pristine and blank—the internet is far easier, and digital photos make recording the projects a snap.

    At the party was my mother’s long term friend Joan, who used to babysit for the twins when they were little and my mother was teaching. Because I had so much surgery on my legs, there were many years that I hardly went to school—especially those wonderful Middle School years. Instead, I would stay home with Joan and the twins (the youngest in our family). My school work would take all of an hour each day, and then I would sit and knit with Joan and watch game shows and the Soap Operas while the twins slept. I remember watching her and trying to knit as fast as she did. I would wait until she was starting a new row, and try to race her to the end. She never knew this until a few years ago when I told my mother. Her response was that I always seemed to be staring at her. I consider my love of knitting the great gift that I got from all of those years of operations and being on crutches. I am not sure that I would give up knitting even if it meant missing all of that pain. In a strange way, it has made me a stronger person, and is the definite motivation that lead me to college. Still, on the nights that my legs hurt, I might say different. But, if I can’t sleep, I stay up knitting….

     
    • Miss 376 6:33 am on July 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Love what you were saying about trying to race them to the end of the row. I did the same with my mother, and now my son tries and does with me. When you’re there, you never think you’ll ever be quick enough

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