you have to go take a look at what amy made. i’ve looked at it about 27 times and it still cracks me up. i know if i show it to david he will want one. no, i take that back, he will want one in cream and then one in chocolate brown. and i have to admit, that would be kinda cool. we haven’t decided on how we’re doing the dining room yet . . .
pear tree bloomed a little yesterday . . .
it’s not covered with blossoms the way it usually is. it got severely pruned in the fall, and then frozen in the beginning of april, just when the buds were emerging. but i’ll take these. these are perfect; what more could i ask for?
in fact, the cherry trees, which usually bloom during april are also just now popping out some flowers. sigh. we don’t have any of those, but our neighborhood has some wonderous specimens. it makes the beginning of my bike ride soo much less creaky feeling.
and then there is knitting today too. i finished the first manlace sock
it was all i could do not to sleep with it last night on my pillow. i did my first sewn bindoff, which i hate.
i did not enjoy doing this bindoff, and i really don’t like the way it looks and behaves; it gives the edge a very flabby structure with no body and not much recovery. i’ll probably take it out this evening and just do my usual bindoff.
here’s a closeup of the lace pattern, which is called “ears of corn”
i had to model it myself, and then stretch my arms out as far as i could to photograph it on myself. those are the moments that i’m glad i have several hours of alone time in the mornings. i can get in and out of awkward positions before anyone is around to see . . .
i need to think up a good name for these socks; ears of corn socks just doesn’t have any panache, you know? i was thinking that it might be a good idea to name them after Ty Cobb. he knew how to have fun; i think he could’ve been a manLace wearer.
tomorrow i’m going to show you the bee shawl swatches. i know i’ve been pretty quiet about them, but that doesn’t mean i haven’t made progress. i just needed to work on them off-blog for a while. but a lot of swatching has been going on—wait til you see . . .
in the process of swatching lace ALL last week, i ran into issues with my destiny needles. they are just not pointy enough for what i was doing, and until my addi lace needles arrive at the shop, i have to make do. so, i did the next best thing. i altered them.
i used this
it’s a four-sided sloughing bar that you are supposed to use on rough skin. it has a progressively finer sanding surface on each side. it does not rough up the wood, but sands it gently, almost buffing it by the time you use the finest surface. finished off with a coat of beeswax, or carnauba wax, and you have a nice smooth result.
a pretty pointy tip for picking up fine merino yarn. i played a little with just how sharp it needs to be for this project. while most lace maneuvers don’t require this kind of point, there are several that do, and it’s handy to have a needle that will handle those. i may go back in and taper the area below the point a little more, but really, this is sufficient. and, if later i decide that the points are just too sharp for most projects, i can easily knck these back a bit and round them off for working with other yarns.
i have always hesitated to mess around with the points of my good wood needles, but i’m glad i tried it. of course, i would prefer that they arrived this way from the shop, but if not, this is a viable option.
david’s favorite tulips bloomed today, just in time for us to celebrate—ten years since our first date.
it feels like half that.