OK, so much for trying to put together some kind of coherent post. I’m just going to toss out random stuff that I feel you should know:
One sock is almost done, I’m just debating about how long to make it. Since I did toe-up, I have this luxury. My calves are a bit on the tree-trunky side, so I usually prefer a shorter sock. And yet, I feel compelled to try to use all the yarn. I think I’ll make the socks short, then use the extra yarn to make some headbands to keep my hair back.
Thank you for all the reassuring comments about the book tour! It seems like we all agree that I should a.) Always travel with a posse who may or may not be in their underwear‚ and b.) Keep a thermos full of sangria with me at all times. Sounds like a plan. I’ve also been collecting some items to use as visual aids to make me appear more engaging. Oh man, wait until you see this stuff. I’m not going to post photos right away because that would kind of ruin the shocking reality that is the MOKS Trunk Show, but once the tour is over I will.
I got a couple of treats in the mail from Amazon today. Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks‚ and Vogue’s Ultimate Knitting Book. I gave them both a quick read through and I think they’re both going to be valuable resources. I think that as I get busier, I’m going to be relegated to socks for portability and ease (and because I have a whole bin of sock yarn), so I look forward to trying a few of the things Ms. Schurch has written down for all of us. And the Vogue Knitting book seems like an all around good source for the tricky things that I forget 10 seconds after I learn (like M1. Why do I always forget how to M1?) There’s also a stitch dictionary in there, and I’m a sucker for a stitch dictionary. Maybe I can incorporate some of it into socks!
Click this link, find the closest tour date to you and figure out a way to make it to a show. Grant Lee Phillips‚ is touring and you definitely need to do yourself a favor and see him. Fans of The Gilmore Girls may recognize him as the town troubadour, but he’s so much more than that. I actually occasionally tune into that show in the hopes he’ll be strolling by. He’ll be in Boston (well, Cambridge) on August 12th and oh my – North Hampton on the 13th. Webs AND Grant Lee in one day. Could there BE anything better? I think not. I’m definitely going on the 12th and don’t see how I could possibly avoid the 13th. Sometimes shows sell out, so it’s a good idea to get tickets ahead of time. You can listen to some music‚ on his site and you can also just trust me on this one. Charlene and I have seen him countless times and he never lets us down.
Another artist of note is Sarah Borges.‚ She was performing in one of the cocktail lounges at Symphony Hall a couple of weeks ago. Aimee Mann‚ was doing a show with the Boston Pops, and she (Aimee)‚ was brilliant as always. Sarah Borges is a new favorite since that night. I defy you to listen to the song Daniel Lee‚ only once. You can’t. You may think you can, but a few minutes later, you’ll need to hear it again. And again. And again.
I just realized that most of the photos I migrated over from the other blog aren’t working. Oh man, I do not look forward to fixing all of that up. I hope it’s just a glitch and will be magically fine tomorrow.
Errrrm . . . is that it? Well, since I don’t really have any knitting pictures to show you, I’ll resort to the blogger classic cat pictures.
Here is His Royal Highness, Mike. He’s the King of Trouble-Makin’ Mama’s Boys. He can’t wait for his latest loyal subject, Sir Blu of the Seaside,‚ to start walking. You can make more trouble that way, then you can run to your mama about it.
Hee hee, look at those scary fangs! Click the picture for an extreme close-up of the ferocious‚ Dot.‚ rarrrrr