Our 4th was rather uneventful. We took in the parade in Amherst, which is not the greatest of parades. It could use a marching band or two and maybe some floats. But it's the only game around.
Thank goodness for the bagpipers!
It started out to be a nice day, but ended up chilly and rainy - very atypical for this time of year. But then again, atypical and New England weather are pretty much synonymous. The balance of the day's festivities were a washout. The local fireworks did go off, much to our surprise and the boys' chagrin. Another town is having their fireworks tomorrow night and it's been made very clear to us that attendance is "required".
I've been basking the glory of my sock. Our next podcast knitalong which we kick-off with tomorrow's show will be a sock from measurements. I am making a pair for Jonathan, since he declared Fixation, soft and "not spikey". That is his lithmus test for yarn and trust me when I say, he is very fussy. I've already cast on and have the cuff completed:
I've been working in a k2, p2 rib, which I plan to continue down the leg, alternating with a knit row. I am looking forward to going through the heel flap, heel turn, gusset again. I'm sure I"ll stumble a bit and need some guidance, but getting the mechanics down solid is definitely a goal.
I am also determined to make everyone out there who has been nervous or scared or intimidated by sock knitting to give it a whirl. Seriously, as I have said a hundred times, I am not the end all be all knitter. If I can knit a sock, ANYONE can do it. If you can knit, knit two together, slip, slip, knit (really, this one is fun, fun, fun) and count, you can knit a sock. Yes, kitchener is funky, but that too can be figured out. Plus, they really are fun - there really is a "socknitters high". . . .
On another note, I'd like your input on something:
This is a project one of our dear customers, Barbara D. is working on. I meant to write down the specifics, but I didn't (bad blogger, bad, bad blogger). It's a vest, side to side and uses the domino knitting technique. She's using Harrisville Shetland so the gauge is small, but I am loving the look and want to come up with something in one of our Valley Yarns that incorporates the technique. I haven't had much time this week to do a lot of reading about domino knitting but it definitely intrigues me. I'd love to know your thoughts and if you think one of our Valley Yarns would work well with this technique, now is your chance to let me know!
Happy Weekend! Happy Knitting!