Okay, it might not seem right to hear about a cool, new, online knitting site, The AntiCraft, from someone who had mail from A*RP yesterday, but I can't help that -- it is what it is. The mailing list is obviously f*cked up -- I have a few years before 50, people! You can pretend the news came from that obviously hip, young whipper-snapper on the left, if it makes you feel better. Then again, as the creative forces at The AntiCraft have said, "You're going to die anyway, so you might as well knit." Sooner or later. Check it out! It's very cool and the spirit and design can be appreciated (if not worn) at any age.
Obviously, there are some patterns there that I won't be knitting -- at least not for myself. I used to think my mom was nuts when she'd ask me things like, "Do you think these shoes are 'too young' for me?" or "Is this haircut 'too young' for me?" What the hell is "too young"? My mother has incredible taste and style oozing from every single pore and she can pull off just about anything, so the answer was/is usually, "NO!" I'm inches away from what I think can officially be called "late 40s," and my hair is longer than it's been in quite a few years. I don't think it looks horrible or 'too young,' and I think I've got a handle on that, but I could be wrong. I know that my 70+ year old great aunt in the skin-tight black jeans and boots with 3" spikes and butterfly clips in her hair and big hoop earrings and studded jean jacket was dressing "too young." I know that the older lady I saw last summer with the roll of cottage cheese with stretch marks pooching out between her hipsters and belly shirt was dressing "too young." I think I know where the line is... Okay, I'll stop now.
Thanks for all your comments yesterday about M*c's croc/gator costume. Thank goodness for nephews... this is the first Halloween that none of my kids went trick-or-treating in any manner. Poo, the only candy I got to raid was my own. I, personally, handed out candy to only one child last night. Must have been a throw-back, Elizabeth, because they hollered rather than knocked/rang. (You must go see the The Littlest's costume and the Halloween feast!)
Here's M*c in his Packer costume, looking a little concerned about the way things went on Sunday, don't you think? Those blue eyes aren't missing much these days.
Yes, oh observant one, that is a spinning wheel in the picture of my socks yesterday! The photo was shot at my mom's and it is one of two (two!) wheels that she has for purely decorative purposes. I have been resisting the spinning even with wheel(s) right under my nose. I know where to go, though, should I ever be stricken....
The socks! Lolly's Socktoberfest made it so much fun -- a lot of work for someone on vacation in Hawaii! I knit Nancy Bush's "Fancy Silk Sock" (free pattern available at about) from the book Knitting Vintage Socks. I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, as specified, in green and white that I purchased at Purl in NYC last June, but went up a needle size (to 2 US) and added enough stitches (8, I think) for an additional lace repeat in order for the sock to fit my fairly average sized leg. I love how they turned out. I wore them yesterday and they were warm -- almost too warm!
I'm getting closer to figuring out the changes I want to make to the Christmas shrug for Mom, but not close enough to be casting on stitches. Instead, I'm making a pair of Mim's Basic Baby Socks for the M*cster with the remainders of the above-mentioned socks. Ought to be quick!