Monday, March 24, 2008

Back to Knitting…

It’s been a long couple of weeks here at Chez Nana.

Last week after barely getting reoriented from our trip to visit grandbabies, DH decided we needed to go to see his father who is in poor health. We had originally planned to visit on Friday and Saturday, but seeing the forecast for our neck of the woods, we decided we would be better off leaving ahead of the storm (that dropped 11” of ‘Spring Snow’) on our city. That was a good plan, actually since we went to Des Moines where they had beautiful spring sunshine and his family couldn’t believe we were being snowed on at home. We returned home late Saturday, when thankfully all the roads were clear.

Fortunately, all that time on the road afforded a lot of knitting time. I knitted some triangles like this for my diagonal delight vest:
I’m in love with these colors. It took a few attempts to get the hang of the slip-stitch and increases for the triangle, but the pattern was pretty easy to remember once I got going. One word of advice for anyone thinking of doing this or a similar pattern, though; stitch marker! (getting the center increase right is essential)

And I worked on a pair of socks…. Plain self-striping socks, but new technique … two at a time toe-up, magic loop. Whee! If the yarn looks familiar it is because this is a redo of the socks I knit last fall. I wasn’t happy with the fit and decided to frog them and start over. Seemed like a good time to dive in to the toe up technique!

We don’t have a lot of family traditions, but one that has been observed as long as we have had a cat in the family is to treat them to a special dinner of canned food on holidays. Here are Saucey and Zelda enjoying their “Easter Feast” of Salmon and Rice.

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