Monday, May 15, 2006

One down, seven kazillion to go!

posted by ssssssssssssssssssss

Projects, that is.

I do believe that the wedding projects I had decided to do will not get done. This disappoints me to no end, and I have still not thrown the towel in all the way, but it is getting close to the time when I must face facts. Ce la vie.

There have been photo shoots going on all over the place this past week - the NK snapping shots all over Maryland, the frantic shoot we had last Friday here at the place of business, and a sunshin-ey shoot of the Aunt B Socks.

Living in the Pacific Northwest means that you are never quite ready for the summer, even if it is all you talk about every day for 3 months. It just kind of slaps you across the face, even as you are sitting in the bright hot sunshine. It is always a suprise to NOT see the day turn grey and rainy. Which is why I am terribly sunburned on both of my arms, and S suffered a minor case of heat exhaustion yesterday. As we spent as much time as possible outside, in the sun, our subconsious minds were saying "it's raining, it has to be, there is no way in hell it is 80 degrees right now..."

Oh, Portland, how we love thee...

On another blog-related note, the photo shoot Friday was a total blast (see WG's Saturday post for photos and more info). We are lucky in that we have five fabulously talented knitters here at our place of work who are members of the Blue Moon Sock Club, thus we have five pairs of Rainforest Jasper Cedar Creeks in various stages of completion to compare and contrast. Although our knitting room is sucky, and the lighting is super-sub-par, it was a lot of fun to be in the mix: to see all five photographers clicking away, posing socks; to hear the unique shutter sounds of five individual camera's (WGs sounded like a birdie!); to pose so many gorgeous pairs of socks, most of which had never met each other, together. No knitting was done on Friday, but it sure was a great time. WG, NK, Iris, and M, THANKS!

And, Siri, oh, Siri, I am so sorry you are having such a challenging time with those gul-darned socks. Jaywalkers, as we have discovered through the trials and tribulations of our own little group, are really not for everyone. As I have seen my blog-mates struggle with the pattern, and with the un-elasticity of the Jaywalker chevrons, I have realized that I got darned lucky not to have had any of those problems. Of course, I was able to use some NK-induced modifications (she's a scientist, by the way, and has a really amazingly rational mind for such an artistic being) before even casting on for the socks. Doing them toe-up helped a lot, too, because I could try them on as I went, and dismiss certain iterations (for instance, I tried to kind of follow the pattern, number-of-stitches-wise, but of course using the toe-up mods, with some Lorna's Laces Shephard Sock Yarn, but realized they were going to be waaaay too big. Reminded me a bit of the Bane Socks, which took what felt like months out of my life, and hundreds of yards of STR yarn (a big skein and a small skein) and were abandoned when the recipient moved. I won't go into that, but suffice it to say, S has some socks that, although an amazing color and a great pattern, are very much too large for him.

Anyway, back to life, back to reality, I guess, huh?


Iris said...

The socks were abandoned? Grrrrrrrrr. >:0(
I'm appalled!
Yeah, I'm just starting to come to terms with idea that the dissappointments in knitting are just part of the deal. We could cry over the lost, abandoned, unworn, or ill-fitting handknits. We could cry over the ones that aren't completed by the insane deadlines we create for ourselves.
OR we could revel in the successes, such as you all did together in the last post, loving every single one/pair of your beautiful handknit socks. We could just dig into the stash, cast on, and move on.
I'm really hoping that this is NOT you on your wedding day:

shannon said...

Beautiful philosophy, dear Iris - I agree - we COULD cry over the spilled milk we inevitably encounter on our knitterly paths, but let's not - let's rejoice in the enjoyment of our knitting, let's not get bothered by our mistakes, our failed deadlines.

And, NO, this will NOT be me at my wedding - I promise to knit only at the reception, not during the actual ceremony (hee, hee).

Neuroknitter said...

I'm hoping to get my 'wedding' project done for my anniversary...

And bollocks to anyone who would abandon socks.

shannon said...

Yeah, you betta get going on that, Em!

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Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful socks! Is that Cobalt Bloom? What's the pattern? If I just read back a few entries, would I find it? Am I too lazy to do that?