Rachel and Ed went to the river-bank yesterday. They waved to the Queen, and she waved back. Everyone had a splendid time, Rachel reported, including the police.
The weather was much more regatta-like in
Edinburgh, bright and breezy all day. But the
effect wouldn’t have been the same on the Water of Leith. Ed is glad to be able
to stop watering his vegetables for a few days.
We watched most of it on television. As far as I could see, the Queen (86) and the Duke of Edinburgh (91 next Sunday) were on their feet the entire time, although thrones had been provided.
Here is my first toe-up sock, and the beginnings of my second. I’m happy with them. I’m beginning to take the wonderfulness of Zauberballs for granted. I'm about half-way from toe to heel with the second sock, bearing in mind that Strong-Fleegle involves a lot of knitting and it is important to start on time.
I am thinking about the next pair of socks. They will have to be toe-up, so that I can practice the Turkish cast on. But that still allows some latitude in the shaping of the toe (I think) and, of course, in the choice of heel. The main candidates there, at the moment, are another Sweet Tomato – that’s a technique I want solidly in the repertoire; and a basic whatever-you-call-it heel, flap and gusset, upside down. Might as well master that.
Some of the heels I wrote down at the beginning of this project are beginning to group themselves. Fleegle and Strong are nearly identical, and Andersson is not much different (I think).
This morning I looked up
Sherman, and found to my pleasure that there
is a good tutorial by Mel
himself. But “ Sherman”
is a total sock concept, and requires a provisional cast-on. Will it prove
similar to Candace Strick’s revolutionary idea? I have got far enough with her
to discover that she, too, requires a provisional cast-on, and that, as with
her toe and heel use the same technique.
Many excitements to come – but first, that Turkish cast-on.
Joe has been knitting a baby blanket. Gosh! I had never heard of Poems sock yarn, and am beginning to feel that the discovery of ever-new and ever-more-wonderful sock yarns will last forever. And the pattern is free on Ravelry. I haven’t been paying much attention, as Joe posted progress reports, except to admire, but now (with a baby looming in DC) I am beginning to wonder. Perhaps I’ll trawl back though his recent posts.
So much one would like to do.