Right out of the box, they will never look this pristine again. Unblemished suede, stiff and clean laces, soles free from scuff marks. The foot is fine, the uppers are stiff, causing me to think about where I am going and why as I climb the stairs to my office.
It is not a bad day. I can still see trees blooming from my office window
which doesn’t stop the panic which hits me uploading a configuration file meant for another directory right on top of the one for this blog. Little file, nothing special, just directs the WordPress software to the correct database on the server. No, nothing important at all. Blog gone. All gone. Header appears and the rest ….”poof”
I would like to be able to blame my new little Linux toy or the strange FTP interface. But lets get real, it was operator error. I am not quite used to this particular bit of software. It is not drag and drop. Have you noticed that computers execute exactly the task requested? If you happen to instruct the software to move a file from point A to folder B, it does so. If you don’t bother to check to make sure that the destination is actually folder B (pointer was right there – it was folder C): well, no wonder there are issues.
Computers don’t really do stupid things, they just enable the rest of us to screw up more quickly…….
Colors are so loud and wild that the patterning is overwhelmed.
Knit on 3.75mm needles out of some sock yarn or another (merino) it really isn’t bad. Learning point, no sense in complicated patterns on wildly colored yarn. Shawl, hat, socks – doesn’t make a difference….
So why do we keep buying the stuff?
Have you seen Nancy Bush’s latest book on Knitted Lace of Estonia? Mine came in a Knit Picks order. After picking a fairly simple pattern, pulling out some denim Kauni lace and 3.25 needles I comforted myself with rows of garter stitch before knitting the first 8 rows of pattern. I am not sure that I like nups (bobbles? no, no, I must keep telling myself that these are not bobbles. They are flat.) but the darker yarn might just cover up my learning curve.
It is taking me a while to get comfortable knitting such a fine yarn on what seems to me to be huge needles. Soft and lovely, I have two balls of yarn. Current plan is to knit the shawl for 1 1/2 balls, close up the end and proceed on to the border.
Now on to my minimum of four rows on Phoenix. This sweater is not going to take 15 months. Really.