February 29, 2008

Blast from the past

I finished the monkey socks last night but you'll just have to take my word for it. I don't have any magnificent photos (of these magnificent socks) to show you yet. The official photo shoot is still being arranged.

Even though these socks are knit in a vibrant shade of solid pink, which you know is my favorite color, it occurred to me that perhaps these socks would be better knit in a multi-color, hand painted yarn. I think the multi would camouflage a multitude of flaws (real or imagined) that happen to stand out on the solid color yarn. Again, I'm being much too hard on myself. After all, who is going to notice slight imperfections except for me? That my ssks on the left side look better than the k2togs on the right side? Who really cares anyway? Perhaps that is the exact charm of knitting...that it doesn't look machine made. Isn't that what EZ always said?

Now for the blast from the past:

Last weekend, as I was going through some boxes that had been in storage, I came across an unfinished halter top from probably 20 years ago. I'm almost certain that I started it when we still lived in California and we moved to the PNW in 1991.

Well it looked like it would be perfect little top for Alice. All I can tell you about the pattern is that it's from an old Vogue Knitting that I no longer possess. The yarn is cotton in a lovely lilac color with pink and blue flecks purchsed from a yarn shop in Albany, CA that is no longer in business. 

It’s a testament to my maturity as a knitter that I could complete this halter in about an hour. It only needed a few rows of ribbing on the bottom and the two back ties. As a matter of fact, I was working on it as the lights dimmed for “No Country 4 Old Men”. So all in all, it only took about 20 years and one hour to make. I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now.

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