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Dsc05137Dsc05136The heel didn't give me any hell, the gusset went well, and I'm cruising on the foot.  This is a blast.  DH was impressed this morning.  I offered to knit him a pair!  My dad's wife knits all of his socks -- he's particular about seam placement and fiber content (wool, please, even in summer) -- using a combination of machine and hand knitting.  Hmmmm.  Anyway, DH was surprised because the last time he saw the sock I was working on, it was the green & white Lorna's Laces.  I told him not to worry, I've got plans for that...

Dsc05138Don't you love hens and chicks?  Here are some close-ups of socks and chicks.  The yarn color is actually pretty true in the larger picture, but the small one shows the cable and rib pattern and, if you please, my nice gusset.  That's the end of a teensy-tiny cable needle poking through -- I'd stuck it in last night to remind me that my next row is a cable row!

We had a nice break from hot, muggy weather yesterday, though it is due to return today.  It was so great to be able to turn off the air conditioners (we use only two window units and a few fans to make a very large, old house tolerable) and throw open the windows!  I prefer the sounds of summer -- kids playing outside, an occasional Harley rumbling through town, birds singing, sounds of saws & hammers from someone's home improvement project -- to the constant hum of an air conditioner.

There was a recent, very tragic death in DH's family when one of his cousins died in a house fire.  It was made even more tragic by the fact that it preceded, by less than week, one of the most joyful occasions in a person's life:  the wedding of another cousin -- the deceased's sister.  I can't imagine what it's been like for that family -- I just can't even get near it.  I'm sure you all know by now of the senseless accident in Chicago that took the life of Kerstin's brother-in-law and two of his friends, and of the tribute project spearheaded by Greta and Annie.   I have to admit it, I am a terrible charitable knitter.  I have good intentions, and have even mentioned things like "kitty bed" and "Dulaan project" on this blog and started projects for them.  I haven't finished or sent a single knitted article.  I am going to try my darnedest to do this one, though, spurred by our own recent loss -- and some of what goes into it will be a personal tribute and remembrance of our cousin, too.  How about you?


Mary Beth

A house fire. So sad! I'm finding that working on squares is good in this hot weather. Sock looks great!


The sock looks fantastic! Way to go Vicki! I LOVE the top left picture of the hens and chicks - just great.

That's awful about your cousin - and the wedding so soon after. Did they still have it? All of these tragedies make me want to run out and start yelling I LOVE YOU at the top of my lungs! Hug someone. It's the only thing that helps.

I'm a pretty lousy charitable knitter myself, but the square is an easy one. What I'm planning on doing is using one of the odd balls I have around - ones I bought to try out the yarn - and put it to good use.

So, is there a yarn you've been dying to try? Why not get a ball or skein and knit a square!


Your hens and chicks are awesome!

General Ginger

I've always loved hens and chicks and I'm highly impressed with yours. Your sock looks fantastic too. Sorry to hear about your husband's family's sorrow.


Thanks for the mention. So sorry to hear about your husband's cousin. What a nightmare. I've heard of so many horrible, "freak" accidents the past few days.
I'm doing the same thing Cara is...trying out some new yarns and stitch patterns. I'm actually finding it quite addictive. :) But, no pressure. Just putting the word out is help enough.

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