Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Good Times with the Ladies...and Socks!

I'm a bit tired, since taking a day off last week obviously meant working 12-hour-days this week. Arg. But I wanted to make sure and get a few pictures up from the weekend...

Mom, JoAnn, and Nancy came up Thursday, in the midst of a hot, humid, freakish September night. Some rain came through, then it was suddenly a perfect weekend.

There was knitting on the porch...

JoAnn couldn't keep her hands from getting dirty in our yard (she's a Master Gardener)...

Nancy and Mom certainly did their fair share...yes, we had embarrassing weeds in our oak barrels.

We hit a few local shops, including Montgomery Mills, where we all bought some very pretty, soft yarn to make shawls/wraps. Winding balls of yarn goes hand-in-hand with drinking wine, methinks...

We did a little bit of this...I think this was during the Florida-Auburn game (sorry, Gators)...

And of course there was even more of this...

JoAnn is starting Clapotis, and Mom is working on the Harlot's Snowdrop Shawl. I'm not sure what I'm doing yet with my new yarn - maybe something from the new Knitty. I have a sweater to finish.

But guess what I did finish...?

They're a wee bit tight on me, but I finished them on the way back from the Rhinebeck Crafts Fair. Yay! They were so fun, and I LOVED the Paca Peds yarn. SO soft.

Totally copying from Jacquie's Socks of Knowledge, I name these Socks of Enlightenment. I tried and learned the following:
- 2nd toe-up socks, first with a magic loopy start (1st were short row, provisional cast-on)
- 1st time two socks at once
- 1st time socks on circs (at certain points - toes and heels)
- 1st time Widdershins Mod, courtesy of Jacquie's brilliant eye...and I must admit - this is the PERFECT SOCK PATTERN! Never have I stitched the gussets so beautifully - and it's totally not me - it's the pattern!
- 1st time with picot bind-off, since Miss Snarky has raved about it so (the first few were after a bit of wine, so they're not exactly...er...uniform).

This was so much fun, THANK YOU to Mistress Snark for hosting this little sock party, and for the lovely handspun!

Lastly, our weekend involved this...

What's not to love about cats in the early morning sun...?

Soon - but probably not tomorrow - I'll post about Greedy Groundhogs, Munchy Marmots, and Wanton Woodchucks...

In the meantime, enjoy a sunbeam! Thanks, ladies, for being our sunbeams for the weekend. We had SUCH fun and wish you could stay for MUCH longer.

2 comments:

joann said...

What a wonderful weekend we had! Thanks Beth and Joe for a great time....knitting on the porch in the sunbeam with a glass of iced tea, playing in your garden, winding soft, new yarn (while drinking a little wine), touring your lovely town on foot in the early morning with a cup of coffee, sitting in Hal's garden,also with said coffee, going to the craft show and "flipping out" in the parking lot. Meeting and enjoying your delightful friends and eating a delicious Beth and Joe cooked meal followed by the well hidden birthday cake. Thank you! We had a great time. Now we're home and the washing machine is running, emails are answered and phone messages received and replied to , but part of me is still in NY.

Eric K. said...

I'm not sure which I liked better, the big smile on your Mom's face as she sat on the porch with wine, yarn, and friends; or the picture of Otis doing what he does best: making sure no lap goes cold!