Saturday, September 01, 2007

It's sure hard to believe that it's September already, but I'm happy to be heading into my favorite time of year. And, I took Friday off (I had to work until 11 PM on Thursday due to a public hearing--another thing that I'm glad is o-vah), so I'm enjoying an extremely delightful and much-needed four day weekend.

I'm speedily moving forward on Nerissa and have the back completed, and a good start on the front. Since there are no sleeves (yee haw!), this is one knit that should be done soon, although I don't think I'll get to wear it until next summer.Yet again, I'm appalled at how poorly this purple color photographs--this makes it look really blue! The true color is shown fairly well at this website--the color is #334 Delphinium.

I also couldn't resist starting a lace project from "Victorian Lace Today", which I purchased a month or two ago (along with "Fitted Knits" which I am also swooning over). Me, actually working on two projects at once, shocking eh? The book is full of lace patterns that are for the most part simple, yet beautiful. The pattern I ended up choosing, the Victoria Shawl, is particularly plain, but I love the crazy edging:I am making it in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in "Mist", a pale bluish-white color, slightly variegated, that Jeanne so generously gifted to me (thanks again!). Looking good so far, although I think I may be using a slightly smaller needle that I should.The yarn is wonderful to knit with, so soft. Believe it or not this is the first thing I've ever made with Knit Picks yarn!

So, back to my long weekend, the original plan was to perhaps do a short backpacking trip. Unfortunately, I had slightly injured my ankle back during our Cape Cod trip (I will say nothing more than it happened after a long night of partying and involved some deck stairs), and while it is not painful to walk on during my normal daily routine, it is a bit sore when it is bent a certain way. Since hiking is an activity rife with the potential for ankles to be bent in strange ways, it seemed safer to not go, particularly since the section we were planning to hike is quite rugged and remote. Apparently ankles take forever to heal too, so I'm not sure if the planned hike will happen this year or not.

Even more unfortunately, I had to face up to what I really need to do this weekend: a long list of chores that have been put off all summer. The weather is projected to be gorgeous all weekend, perfect for washing and waxing the vehicles (groan).

So today I washed a car, and even better, I was able to make a needed repair to it. Behold:
Back on some horrid day in late March, I went out to open the passenger door one morning and the plastic door handle completely broke off without any serious effort. A strange bout of weather had led condensation to build up around the door gaskets, then froze the doors shut in a way that was not visible. So for the last five months, whenever G and I wanted to drive this truck anywhere, we had to open the door from the inside to let the other person in (it did make a handy redneck security system though, LOL!). Finally we bought a replacement handle and this morning I worked up the gumption to try to install it. And, it actually worked! Well, it works for now, anyway. I think I broke a bunch of stuff inside the door while installing it so we'll see for how long things hold together, ha ha.

And for another ha ha, last night was the final evening of our summer couples bowling league (candlepin, bien sur!), and I had to show off our fabulous his-and-hers trophies:Don't you just love that gleam, like it's the Heisman trophy or something? And the fact that the figure on my trophy is wearing a skirt? Hilarious! We actually didn't really win these for anything, since our team (go Wild Cards!) came in dead last. But since it was such a small league of only four teams, they decided everyone needed a prize. So much cooler than just a "Participant" ribbon, huh? Actually the teams that won the first and second place trophies were kind of jealous of our groovy retro statuettes. They will surely have a place of honor in our abode ;)

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16 Comments:

At September 01, 2007 9:19 PM, Blogger Larjmarj said...

I just bought the Victorian Lace Today book, not only are the patterns gorgeous so is the book itself, I feel like I should leave it on my coffee table. The purple sweater is going to be gorgeous. You always turn out such finished looking garments. Great trophy! ;-p

 
At September 01, 2007 11:57 PM, Blogger Zonda said...

The Nerissa is lovely! Funny how the camera picks up some colors! Nice lace too. Go you on the home auto repair, hope it works for a while! :)

 
At September 02, 2007 9:09 AM, Anonymous Jeanne said...

Nerissa is beautiful! Where did you get the pattern? The shawl - wow! I have the book, but haven't made anything yet from it - glad the yarn came in handy! Congrats on your trophies and have a great weekend!

 
At September 02, 2007 2:49 PM, Blogger Opal said...

Oh Nerissa is gorgeous! I love the shaping.

Mmm. Lace. It's coming along great.

 
At September 02, 2007 4:32 PM, Blogger JustApril said...

Both projects are lovely so far. I need to do a real lace project soon. Good job on installing the door handle! =)

 
At September 02, 2007 6:59 PM, Blogger Jana said...

Those bowling trophies just rock, they are so cool! Are you sure you won't wear the sweater this year, maybe just once with a t shirt underneath or something? Then again if it gets cold enough there that the car door handles are breaking off in late march- you are right, it's going to be time to bundle up real soon! :)

 
At September 03, 2007 6:25 AM, Anonymous Dipsy said...

Wow, your tank is coming along so beautifully - I just adore the colorway, and the pattern sure rocks big time too! It looks a tad complicated, is it?
And oh my gosh! The shawl! The shawl!!!! I'm such a heavy lace-addict, I can't believe I don't own the "Victorian Lace Today" book yet - hah, I'll be heading on over to amazon.com right after this comment and order it! Yep! Anyways, this pattern that you chose is a particularly beautiful one, so elegant and fragile looking - I can't wait to see more of it! Have fun knitting it!

 
At September 03, 2007 8:44 AM, Blogger Hasbu said...

That is going to be a beautiful shawl! And I just love the trophies.

 
At September 03, 2007 1:24 PM, Blogger Sheepish Annie said...

I think that you may get some wear out of Nerissa! You've come pretty close to the finish line and we always seem to get a little burst of heat during September and October, right? Congrats on those spiffy bowling trophies! Nothing better than a little bit of the shiny-shiny for recognition.

 
At September 03, 2007 9:38 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

Wow, dude, you've been busy. I can barely keep track - you're bowling, knitting (duh), performing auto repair, what's next?

Nerissa is beeyootiful - you are such a sucker for purple. Lucky for you, it's a good color for you.

Thanks for the donation - J left a message for you all, but not sure you got it. You guys are so generous! Thanks again! (How classy am I to embed my thank you in your blog comments? We'll have to chat soon!)

 
At September 04, 2007 3:34 PM, Anonymous Beth S. said...

Man, I wanna move to Maine and join a bowling league. Now that's the life! ;-)

I've been thinking about the Victoria shawl too. I have some pink KSH which needs to become a gift for a friend, and that might be a nice pattern match for it... if not that one, then something else in that wonderful book will surely do.

 
At September 04, 2007 6:10 PM, Anonymous Rebekah said...

Love the sweater back, its beautiful. And what pretty projects you have planned. I love alpaca Cloud, however I've never actually finished anything with it. I really need to do that someday.

 
At September 04, 2007 6:43 PM, Blogger tatjana said...

hahahaha, omg, those trophies are just the cutest ever! I'm so impressed with your handy dandy skills, I'm not sure I could fix a door handle lol! And the nerissa is looking lovely...awesome colour :)

 
At September 05, 2007 3:18 AM, Anonymous rina said...

The purple sweater is looking great.
You are something. You can fix a door handle?? I leave something like that to DH.
Love the shinny on the trophies :)

 
At September 06, 2007 9:12 PM, Blogger Mary, Mary... said...

I peruse my copy of VLF almost daily and I still can't pick just one pattern to start. Can't wait to see your FO. BUT the trophies--they deserve a glass case on the mantelpiece!

 
At September 09, 2007 1:04 PM, Blogger Desiknitter said...

Hey for some reason your blog's updates aren't showing in my Live bookmarks on Firefox. So I missed this post. I bought victorian Lace today recently too and am swooning over the patterns!

 

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