Niagara Fell!


As I was working my way down the leg of this sock, I took a good look at it. And at the needles in my hands. Oops. There was obviously something wrong with the way it looked. I had been wondering about the flimsy feel of the fabric hand. And I had been blaming the slightly limp yarn that really has limited resiliency. But it was designed to be knit on 2,0 -> 2,5 mm needles. Not on the 3,5 mm that were in my hands.

You see, I had just finished up that vest on 6,0 mms and grabbed the rosewood double points lying inocently on the table next to my chair. Anything feels smaller after fat yarn and equally fat needles.

 Leg on first Niagara Falls Sock

You can see where I identified the problem, just at the bottom of the stockinette portion. The lower round of lace is knit on the finer needles and looks much better. The heel is done in seed stitch. I do like the blue, but really don’t care for splatter pattern yarn, or the lace pattern, which is why I have eliminated two repeats in favor of the stockinette insert.

I am a bit farther on the 1/2 circle Baby Sweater –
 27 March 03 Progress on the 1/2 Circle Baby Sweater

Books & Audio Books

It took a second trip, but my brain re-engaged this morning enough to grab the bag of library returned. After checking in everything, I was down to one cassette set (for some reason, the PHV Library has a sticker on every tape rather than the box) and one book. This meant I felt free to check out a 3-CD Radio Broadcast entitled Superman Lives Again, High Profile by Robert B Parker and Puss ‘n Cahoots by Rita Mae Brown.

This was my reward for staying awake this morning in the Joint Force Health Protection Working Group briefings and to strengthen me for more of the same in the afternoon. I am enjoying the sunshine, what I can see of it from the window. What is worrying me is the birch tree across the library parking lot. It might not have survived.

 Birch tree outside Landstuhl Library

And tomorrow looks like more of the same.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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