Sunday, August 03, 2008


I'm playing hooky from church to get some stuff done around the house before I go to the State Fair today. Even though I'm staying home this morning, I should still take a few moments to be thankful for all that I have. I will share this very incomplete list with you.
  • My sweet, loving, supportive husband, who I love very much.
  • My relatively good health.
  • A wonderful bunch of friends in Milwaukee who are fun and caring and who keep me from becoming a hermit, which is something I tend to do.
  • The ability and opportunity to do graduate studies in an exciting field that makes me happy and has obvious application in the "real world".
  • An awesome family of really cool people who put up with my foibles and love me anyway.
  • A great adviser and faculty in a graduate program that is close-knit and supportive.
  • A fun neighbor who likes to show me around parts of the city I've never been before.
  • The ability and opportunity to make pretty things for the people I love.
Taking the time to consciously give thanks is the most important part of going to church for me. And like I said, it's a really incomplete list. But those are the things in the front of my mind this morning.

With that last one particularly in mind, I have a couple of FO's to share. Even though they're both for me. Not that I don't love myself, it's just not what I meant... Oh, screw it. You know what I mean. Just look at the pretties, would you? ;)

I finished the Primavera socks and I like them very, very much! I think this is a pattern that will be used again! They're just lounging by the pool for a bit this morning...

Pattern: Primavera Socks by natalja.
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Sock in color 1811 (which I think is discontinued). Fingering weight; 50% nylon, 50% acrylic. This yarn is very soft, but a bit splitty. Overall I enjoyed working with it, but this pattern is more frustrating with splitty yarn. I managed pretty well once I got the hang of the "tricks" needed to overcome the problem.
Needles: Boye aluminum double points, size 2 (US).

I recently got new sunglasses and, as is the current style, the lenses are quite large. I love them and call them my Diva Shades. But I needed a case for them so they don't get scratched up in my purse. My other glasses cases were not big enough for the awesome largeness of my new shades. It also had to work up quickly because I wanted it now! I'm impatient like that. Enter a single skein that I got on clearance at my LYS last year and had never figure out what to do with:

Pattern: I made it up. Thinking of writing it up, even though it's really simple and you can probably tell what I did just by looking at it for 0.5 seconds. What do you all think?
Yarn: Lana Grossa Maxi in colorway 612 (also discontinued). Bulky weight; 100% virgin wool.
Hook: Size J (US).
I had the button lying around and it worked great. I like this very much. I hope I have enough yarn to make a little case for my digital camera, too.

Okay, must get ready to go to the Fair, where I will watch pigs race and eat many foods on sticks. It's going to be glorious! And people say that Americans have no culture. Bah!

I'm very thankful that you've visited my blog today. I'm thankful for those of you with whom I regularly communicate and for the lurkers I know are out there. I hope my blog does something for you. It does a great deal for me. Thank you!



Becky G said...

You have a lot to be thankful for! I wish I had good friends who would keep me from becoming a hermit, which is exactly what I am.

Beautiful socks. I have that pattern queued. You may have inspired me to bump it up.

YarnThrower said...

YAY State Fair! I hope you ate a cream puff for me. One of my classmates, who just turned 30 (young pup!) this past weekend, said that he wasn't even able to eat an entire cream puff. I suppose there are those who aren't as **thankful** for them as I am.

Thank you for sharing your list of things to be thankful for! It's always a nice reminder that we are surrounded by blessings!

Your socks look great! Also, very nice sock blockers :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Cool socks and clever sunglasses case! You've been busy. :o)

jmk said...

Ah yes, I did so enjoy your previous "foods on sticks" offering. Hope you had a great time!