This is the side of the Tilted Duster this morning. Notice that the increases have all been made at the center. It doesn't look right. I don't like it. I see now that I mis-read the pattern. Should have read it a little more carefully.
So I made a swatch, with the increases done correctly, just to make sure I would like it better.
It took only half an hour to rip a week's-worth of knitting.
A quick spit splice and I'll be ready for a fresh start at the skirt.
And now I know it will take about a week to re-knit.
I will read the sleeve instructions v-e-r-y carefully.
I know this is supposed to be a knitting blog, but sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate the men in your life when they're doing manly things. C'mon, they are improving their man-space. Honestly, what could be cuter than your man on a garage roof?
And then of course, one must admire their handiwork.
Wow, honey, the new and improved roof is coming along nicely!
Our favorite neighborhood restaurant, closed this weekend. It is just around the corner and it's been our special-occasion restaurant, and sometimes just the comfortable alternative to having to cook, for five years.
We've had many, many great meals here. Once, when we were eating at the bar, Mr. Celia turned to me and said, "I think I'm eating the perfect meal." It was a scallop and mushroom risotto, if I recall correctly. "That's nice, I'm glad you like it," says I. "No, I don't think you understand," says he, "Not A perfect meal. This is it. This is THE perfect meal."
The restaurant has been very successful. I think the owners are just tired, ready for something new and wanted to go out on a high note.
We are bereft. But we did have a chance for one last meal.
I couldn't pass up one last warm duck liver salad.
Mr. Celia went for the goat cheese souffle.
Mr. Celia's entree? Burger with blue cheese. Mine? Asparagus risotto. (It's that kind of please-all restaurant.) DELICIOUS! And for dessert? Nectarine-raspberry cobbler and apple galette.
It looked like all the other patrons were in shock, just as we were -- ordering their favorites and asking the inevitable questions: Where will you go? What will you do? Will you ever open another restaurant? Why are you leaving us?
The memory of the tastes, the staff attention to detail (even on the next-to -last-night!) and the restaurant's ambience is already legendary. We will miss them, but what can you do? Change is inevitable. In the end, all we could do is wish them good luck, leave a nice tip, say goodbye and walk back home.
Yesterday, my toes were bare. My toes were bare and cold. We were one week away from the end of August and I still hadn't received my Sockapalooza 4 socks. One big happy sock world? What was I thinking? I was beginning to wonder if this Sockapalooza thing was all a big internet scam, but I didn't want to go there. After all, the socks I made and sent off were well received. No, better to take a deep breath and relax. No use tying myself up in unnecessary knots. Like Mom says, anything worth having is worth waiting for...
This arrived in yesterday's mail:
A post card from Iceland!!?
And then this was delivered:
Let's take a closer look at that:
It's a package from Iceland! Mr. Celia was so intrigued by this that he hung over my shoulder while I opened it. What was inside?
Waving Lace Socks. Picot cuff. A delicious garnet-burgundy-merlot color. Wow. They are the prettiest socks I've ever worn! And they're made of Regia Silk, which makes them feel pretty, too
Regia Silk, people. You may recall that earlier this year I knit myself a pair of socks with this yarn and when I was done, I realized that they were not my socks. Clearly, I was right.
These are my socks.
But wait, there's more:
Sweets, a lovely note, another post card, a sheep note book, sheep magnet, incense, and Mr. Celia was particularly taken with this tea towel:
Icelandic sheep. Hilarious.
Many, many thanks to Carola, a Berliner transplanted to Reykjavik. I love the yarn, the pattern, and all the extras. I feel very spoiled. As usual, Mom is always right. This package was definitely worth waiting for.
They are Lantern Moon double-pointed needles, people. Five inches long and they are f-i-n-e. Even the US. 0 size needles have a sturdy feel to them. I prefer the shorter-length needles for socks, but have been dissatisfied with the other five-inch needles that are available. They are just not that sturdy, and break easily. They do have a guarantee, and will replace broken needles, but it's a pain in the neck to have a needle break, and then have to wait until they send a replacement. I've also been dissatisfied with bamboo needles that bend and eventually break.
I guess I'm hard on sock needles. In my defense, I do knit a lot of socks.
But the SoxSticks are promising. They are not cheap, but they are sturdy and don't bend easily. I used the size 0s to finish the Bodensee II socks. And I just cast on the Tyrolean Socks from Interweave Knits Fall 2007 on size 3s.
Time will tell if the more expensive SoxSticks are worth it.
Meanwhile, I have also cast on the Tilted Duster, the cover sweater from IK Fall 2007.
The yarn is from my stash. I started knitting something else from it a long while back and lost interest in the pattern. This one is going rather fast, and I think the style will look nice on me. I will rip the old project out and forge ahead with this pattern. However, time will tell for this as well. I don't have a great track record for finishing the larger projects.
Sopckapalooza 4 socks DONE and mailed to sock pal.
Pattern: RPM by Aija Goto, Knitty Summer 2006 Yarn: Opal mit Bambus (50% superwash wool, 35%Bamboo, 15% Polyamid - Bought in Salzburg, Austria for a song, people) Cast on: June 24, 2007 Cast off: August 10, 2007 Mailed: August 11, 2007
This is my second pair of RPMs. I like the pattern very much and the pointed toe treatment especially.
The first pair of RPMs were cast on in Lindau, Germany, while visiting the Boyo, and were knit largely while there and traveling home. I call them my Bodensee socks because their colorway reminds me of being on the lake:
The socks kept me busy on the plane:
And here they are finished:
I liked the pa†tern and the toe so much that I decided to use it again for Sockapalooza 4. The Bodensee II RPM socks were cast on on BART on the way to the Pride Parade:
The Opal mit Bambus knits up into a wonderful fabric. I had never seen it before stumbled upon the yarn store in Salzburg. I'm happy to say I bought two more balls of the yarn that I think will make excellent gift socks this holiday season. I hope my sock pal is as pleased with these "cool" socks as I am!