Saturday, July 4, 2009

Before the Parade

If there is a parade today, that is. We got 1.34" of much needed rain yesterday (we measure our rainfall in increments of hundredths of inches)- it was a lovely, gentle, cool rain, with no storms. But this is a holiday weekend, with many munincipal outdoor festivities planned, and though we need the rain, it could have come on Thursday, or Wednesday with the same benefit.

This morning, it's still cloudy and there are intermittent droplets, but no storms predicted until later this afternoon. I think the parade will probably go on, even though much of our main thoroughfare is torn up for the installation of new sewer pipes (talkaboutcher mud). I'll head uptown with camera and get some pics of old fire trucks, marching soldiers, and combines. There is no Cow Pie Bingo slated at the 4-H Fairgrounds, unfortunately, but there is a new thing called a Treasure Hunt, whereby coins and prizes have been hidden in a sandbox for the kids to find. That should be interesting, especially after the rain.

In the meantime, I finished the Twisted Leftover Mitered Cuff Socks and am totally enthralled with them, and very glad that these are mine, all mine (pair #3 for the Sock Summmit). And I started the Spring Forward socks, from Knitty ( ). Karen and Mary (Procrastination Diary and Knit Geekery in the links to the right) both mentioned this pattern recently, which reminded me that it was on my To Knit List. This is a wonderfully easy lace pattern that looks far more complex than it is. I'm using Decadent Fibers Savory Sock Yarn (link in Stash Enhancers) and size 1 needles (the pattern needs 66 sts, so the smaller size needles are necessary, in order to keep the sock a manageable size).

But we're leaving on vacation in a week, and have company coming the few days before that, so what I really need to do is clean. And go to a damp 4th of July Parade.
p.s. and once again, I cannot get a link to embed. Sorry.


dawn said...

Love those mitered cuff socks! What is the name of the technique used for the toe decreases? It's an interesting pattern, a nice change from just doing decreases down the sides.

Kathleen Taylor said...

dawn- that's a Star Toe. Very easy, and my favorite toe construction. With 60 sts: Rnd 1: K 8, K 2 tog, rep around. Rnd 2: K, Rnd 3: K 7, K 2 tog, rep around.

continue like that, working one less st before the dec until you have 12 sts left. Thread the tail through the remaining loops, tighten and tie off. easy peasy

joannamauselina said...

Those are two fabulous pairs of socks! Or perhaps I should say - one pair is fabulous, and the other has fabulousness potential. Hope it doesn't rain on your parade. It is waaaaay too hot here.

Mary Keenan said...

I still can't get over how awesome all those colours are together in the mitred socks!