Thursday, July 09, 2009

Happy place...I'm in my happy place...

So I thought maybe Twitter and Facebook would help me get things back under control. But no - I've gotten so overwhelmed that I've abandoned them AND this poor blog. I'm determined not to post yet again about how busy I am or what I have to get done. Instead, let's talk about fun stuff. Like the fact that I just planted a bunch of Russian Red Kale in the garden along with a Tarragon plant and spicy italian basil. And the fact that we have fennel coming out our ears. Boy can that stuff grow! If anyone has any great fennel recipes, please pass them along. We're totally overwhelmed. I asked our new neighbors if they liked fennel, and she was crazy enough to say "oh, yeah - I love it!" I immediately thrust two enormous plants at her with the admonition that she should be more careful about saying she'd take anything off our hands! Which reminds me...we need to bring them some eggs.

So we have new neighbors! Again. For the 4th time in 5 years (although technically the house was empty when we moved in - the kids of the former resident were fixing it up to sell it and they were in and out). These ones seem perfect - they've got 4 kids between them and the ages are really similar to Sydney & Owen. They're much more appropriate playmates than the 11-year-old who lived there before (she was very nice, but the age difference was just too much for kid play and she wasn't quite old enough to babysit...).

As summer moves right along (how in the world does time go by so fast these days?), I'm furiously working to finish up some new designs to release at Sock Summit. Ah, yes, Sock Summit, the source of so much stress and angst these past couple of weeks. The class handouts were due yesterday, and I managed to crank them out. Those slacker teachers with only one class got nothin' on me! And since you're here, reading this blog that has for all intents and purposes been abandoned, I'm going to give you a first glimpse at two of the new SS designs.

The first is truly a glimpse because I only had a toe done on the day I took photos. The stitch pattern on the foot is fun, but the crowning glory of this sock is its very unusual cuff. It's like the cuff on the Sydney sock taken to a whole 'nother level.

The yarn is the lovely tencel blend from Lavender Sheep. The colorway's going to be introduced at Sock Summit. I don't even know if I'm supposed to be showing it here, so don't tell her, okay? Be assured that it's 1000x more gorgeous in person!

Since I'm all about crazy cuffs these days and Sock Summit is all about crazy knitters, the other sock I'm going to show you is my cable coup de grace. It's called Butterfly Garden because of the butterfly cable running up the front. I adore this cable and have been trying for three years to work it into something. I finally broke down and put it on a sock (I was saving it for a sweater, but really, who am I kidding?).

So that the butterflies have something to keep them occupied, there are flowers on the back.

These are made in the very tasty Shalimar Yarns sock yarn. They'll have a booth at Sock Summit as well, and I was going to try to make a second sock so they could have a sample in their booth, but the top of the ball looks suspiciously like it has been Owenized (as in, Owen plus scissors plus yarn cake equals not fun for mommy when she suddenly finds her yarn has been cut into a gazillion pieces when she's halfway through the foot...). Plus there are only 24 hours in the day, and try as I might, I can't go without sleep.

Now I'm trying to decide if I should go upstairs and continue with the pulp novel I started last night, or if I should turn on the tv and do some knitting. It's really too late to start a movie and I hate watching network, so the novel may have it. I won't even consider continuing to sit at the computer so I can update my websites. That's just going to have to wait until tomorrow!


Blogger Kris said...

The butterflies are beautiful.

Isn't Shalimar Yarns great!?! I knit my Absinthe socks out of Zoe Sock and totally fell in love with the yarn.

6:19 AM  
Blogger CHERI! said...


Is there progress on Butterfly Garden? I'd like more information and where to get the pattern.

7:59 PM  

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