Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Earl Grey, hot

...off the needles, that is.

Trying my hand at the Earl Grey sock that was featured on Yarn Harlot's blog sometime last year. I like the design well enough, and don't worry-I cast on for the second sock earlier, but I think I used the wrong yarn.

Even without the blurry photo, the nifty cable column gets kind of swallowed up by the color variegation. Probably should have used a solid color for this pattern and made plain vanilla socks with this ball, as I think it's very pretty. The yarn is Trekking XXL. I'm trying to use up at least some of my vast stash! This pair was intended as a Christmas gift for Mr. Stitchjones. He sweetly wears the socks I knit for him, even the old tube socks I used to make before learning how to turn a heel. So if I crank on it, I can have them done by Valentine's Day.

So eager was I to show off something I knitted that I didn't start with today's "lead story," if you will. Yes, we can--and did--celebrate the Obama inauguration, and I feel proud and grateful for everything that is still good about America. In particular, though, I savored the departure of Dubya from Washington. The stink of his corruption will take years to dissipate. The devastation his disastrous policies caused won't be repaired for decades. And while I may risk giving you a mental image you'll never be able to shake, as I watched his helicopter take off, in my mind I was dancing naked and singing "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye".

You're welcome.

Went to the beach again.

Psst, don't tell anybody, but mid-January at the central Oregon Coast is glorious!

Last Friday I went to Newport for an overnight trip, and while I didn't stay right on the ocean, I was very close to this commanding view of Nye Beach and Yaquina Lighthouse. I visited a yarn shop in Waldport called The Fiber Market and Studio, (website to come,) owned by spinner/knitter/natural dyer Kristy. She is a formidable lady who also helps organize the annual Flock & Fiber Festival. By now you probably know what's coming next. I'm excited to tell you that the Fiber Market will soon be stocked with a big assortment of Stitchjones yarns and handpainted fiber! Which means I'll be doing a heck of a lot of dyeing for the foreseeable future, and that suits me down to the ground.

I have a couple more photos, but if I uploaded them now I might not have anything to blog about later (as if I'm actually keeping anyone on pins and needles. Sheesh.) Even so, I'll check in later this week.


I breathed a huge sigh of relief when W. and the lady with the scary eyes got on that plane.

Was that title a Star Trek TNG reference?
Yup, the title was homage to Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Well done!
Love the sockies! What a pretty colour they are. I wouldn't worry about the cables being not so evident, you know they are there and that's all that matters :)

I think the rest of the world was joining you in your "naked bye-bye dance", It was broadcast all day here on Canadian TV, and I can honestly say that that's never happened in my numerous years, so this truly is a phenomenon. I just hope they don't jump all over him if he makes a stumble or two, he deserves a chance. We are jealous up here that we don't have a galvanizing kind of leader like you do.
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