tender roots and a blizzard

(lace is everywhere, third in series)

these are my mom’s plant cuttings. each year she brings her impatiens plants indoors for winter and propagates new ones for next year’s garden from the mother plants.

and now we have these pretty, lace-filled glasses lined up along the sunny kitchen window sill.

it’s snowing . . . we are supposed to get a great big snowstorm today and tomorrow and it looks like the promise will be fulfilled. it’s a good day for knitting.
tonight we’re supposed to go out to dinner and a show, though; i dunno if that’s going to happen (personally i think we should rent some movies and make popcorn and stay home, but it’s not entirely up to me, hee-hee!).

yesterday we went to visit my great aunt tina who will turn 90 (ninety!!) in april. the first thing she said was “let’s see those shawls!”; i guess she had visited my blog and seen some of the recent work and was remembering when she used be able to crochet and knit (she like crochet better, but i think that if you get to be 90 years old you get a free pass on that).

i worked a bunch on the snow shawl last night but it doesn’t look different enough this morning to show you another picture. so instead, i took a photo of the new sock on the block

(darn, i need to remember to turn of that date stamp in the camera).
this is tesserae, a nice conservative dress sock, but not SO conservative that we can call it plain, or boring to knit.

i also started sock #2 of the violets rising pair, but there’s not enough happening yet to take photos.

ok, i also promised some new sock patterns today so i really need to get those into the shop (i conked out last night; hanging around with my “retired” mom is exhausting).

15 Responses to “tender roots and a blizzard”

  1. the roots are inspirational.

    i’m still holding out on the whole knitting of socks. i hear once you start, you can’t stop. :) i might have to look through your patterns, though, and see who jumps at me.

    am i really first?

  2. Debbie says:

    I just love those roots! Awesome picture. You can post nature any time you feel like it. The pictures move me, wake me up. I love them. I love the sock, too! Tell your mama hello from a fan! Get those patterns on here, quick!

  3. Josiane says:

    I see the lace in the roots, but I also see great color inspiration for a dyer in there! The shade variations are beautiful.
    Is Tesserae the scaled down pavé stitch pattern? I’m curious to see it modeled; the shots of the pavé sock in your last post showed how different it looks when worn, and I thought that the pavé motif opened a bit too much to my liking, so I’m very curious how this one will change when modeled.

  4. Carrie says:

    I can’t wait for the violet socks. I have just the yarn.

  5. Teyani says:

    what a great sock – it looks so elegant yet not ‘stuffy’ (grin)

  6. marianne says:

    I’m seriously, as in big time liking Tessarae! it’s so very pretty and that particular colour just has me smiling. (I DO like browns :^)
    The roots are gorgeous,eh? and especially with the thought of a blizzard carrying on outside.
    Happy little family and knitting holiday!

  7. Vicki says:

    I have missed so many posts! I have only had a chance to look at the pictures! I miss reading your post, especially when the alternative has been to deal with a screaming boss! I love all the pictures, everything is just beautiful. I will read the entries when I can over a cup of coffee.

  8. Beth S. says:

    I love the color of Tesserae. And the texture. In fact there is nothing not to love about this project. I want a pair. :-)

  9. Kim says:

    You see lace and I see color…the colors in those roots are so beautiful. Who would have known they could be so pretty?

    Happy almost birthday to your great aunt….90 is awesome!

  10. Barbara says:

    Anne, I vote for popcorn with way too much butter and movies at home! I love the new sock. Have fun with you Mom!

  11. naomi says:

    Oh, I love those roots. Thank you for the beautiful tired-evening pick-me-up.

  12. Kim says:

    When I first looked at your picture I thought, “wow! Anne’s got a mess of yarn to untangle!!!” Then I saw it was a mass of roots!! Beautiful colors. AND I do very much like that sock. The little trails are mesmerizing…. Unfortunately I could see myself wearing them and walking along, reaching down to feel the pattern too much… looking like a big Dork. Oh. Oops… I already AM one! ha Guess I can get THAT pattern too then!

  13. Kathy Alter says:

    Anne –

    Just finished your criss-cross lace scarf and have a question on both the increase and decrease instructions. Unless I’m somehow reading the pattern wrong, there seems to be a step missing. For example, on the increase you have 20 stitches and are instructed to … hm, now that I look at the pattern again I may have simply misinterpreted.

    I knit the increase thus: k1,mk1,k1, k1,mk1,k1 … repeating the three stitches you gave. When I read the pattern again, I can see where what you might have been telling me was k1,mk1,k1,mk1,k1 … across the row which would then give me the correct number of stitches. Would you please confirm which is correct so I can note it on my pattern, if necessary.
    I compensated on the decrease/increase by doing a second set evenly spaced across the pattern. It didn’t seem to affect the outcome at all.

    The scarf came out beautifully in Cascade 220 superwash. I think the next one will be in a lighter color, though. This one is in a subtle shade of heathered olive.

    Kathy

  14. Ronni says:

    Oooh so pretty! I think you’re right about 90 being an age where folks have to cut you some slack. (What an odd expression now that I think about it.)

    Still more patterns to buy I see. I haven’t mentioned yet how grateful I am that you are creating patterns almost as fast as I am buying yarn have I? ‘Course the problem is, I want the yarn you use too so I still end up way ahead on yarn…

  15. Laura says:

    I never even considered doing that with impatiens. Obviously it works quite well. Happy little roots! Sounds like you’re having a splendid visit with Mom. *And* getting some good knitting in.