New Boots

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.

looking so fine

looking so fine

It is not a bad day.  I can still see trees blooming from my office window

Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees

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…….

that shawl

is blocked



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?

Estonian Lace

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.

Queen Silvia Shawl

Queen Silvia Shawl

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.

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6 Responses to New Boots

  1. Angeluna says:

    Holly, think about an overdye for that shawl. If you could even out the colors a bit, you would see the pattern better, and it is pretty.

  2. nana says:

    I hope the boots walk in and the stiff upperparts soften.
    They look great, and make me wanting some, I love suede, and the colour goes with everything 🙂

    No chance for us civilians to get them though, I guess.

  3. Lisa says:

    Hubby has some boots a lot like that. From his SWAT days!

  4. nana says:

    I second the overdye for the shawl, the pattern really would profit from some more reds I think, since red is mostly contained in the yarn anyway.

  5. KLF says:

    I am working on my first Estonian shawl. I know it is un-Estonian, but I substituted tiny bobbles for the nups and think it looks super. The nups were too fussy for my taste – hard to execute nicely, impossible to correct if I made a mistake. I’ll save them for another day.

    • Holly says:

      I thought about that, but really don’t like bobbles either. I am not sure how if I like the look or not. Just about 20 total rows complete, and I might wind up frogging the whole thing and passing the book off to someone else.

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