Today/tomorrow is my eighth blogiversary! (My first post was technically on the 20th of August, 2004 but that is the 19th in the USA so I am calling today the blogiversary. And this opus has taken so long to write and get photos edited for that it is nearly the 20th here anyway!)
Yep, eight years ago I decided to start writing a blog. I had been reading the Yarn Harlot's blog for a few months and thought yeah, I will do this too. I have to say I don't have the readership that Steph does but that isn't too bad because she has copped buckets (of abuse) over the years. I don't have the book contracts either and I would respectfully suggest I am not the writer she is.
So how should I celebrate my blogiversary?
I went to the market and bought flowers, along with vegetables (including some of the biggest carrots I've ever seen), eggs, milk (for DH) and meat.
I knitted more of the baby layette for Nathan's cousin, who must be about to pop any moment.
I went for a brisk walk up and down the hills near by. OK, it was only a 35 minute walk but it was brisk and I did a bit of running too. I also met a lovely girl cat who came running up to me and flung herself at me (she has an oddly bobbed tail. I'm not sure if she was born like it or acquired it - it had a lump at the end and was not tender).
I discovered there are some allotments only a couple of blocks away from me. Now I want an allotment, and I'm wishing I had explored that little park months ago when I first saw it.
I wove in the ends of a new pair of socks.
I felt grumpy because nearly three weeks after stuff for a swap was meant to be in the mail, some people have not even started making the stuff for the swap yet! OK, they've had family dramas or something else's gone craptastic, but dudes, why didn't you start it somewhat earlier? I know I am one to pick but if I make a commitment with a firm due date, I pull one out of somewhere and get it done - not for me but for the other sixty-odd people awaiting their part of the swap! (Now of course I'll completely screw something up and have egg on my face....)
DH did a photo shoot of various of my new or recent FOs. I've been racking them up recently. I had a whole bunch of things I was knitting in Sydney and Melbourne that I never finished because why bother? It was cold in Seattle but recently it's been fryingly hot. I never knew how hot 30C was before - in Melbourne it is lovely but here it was Too Hot. I also knitted a cute little top about a month ago, and it has never had its photo shoot either.
Really, though, this started as a knitting blog and I've never stopped knitting, not through chemo or other craptastic times, and I do have a heap of previously unsighted finished objects so with no further ado, I give you a feast of FOs!
Socks - brights are made out of Crystal Palace Panda Soy, wishy-washy mermaid camo colours are of Crystal Palace Maizy. Patterns? My adaptation of Cat Bordhi's toe up sock adventures - basically the same socks that I've been knitting for the last two or three (hmm, make that four) years now. How time flies! It is 4.5 years since we moved to California, and that is when I was experimenting with various of Cat's interesting heel variants. Photos care of my craptastic phone camera's efforts - I have had to post process them cos apparently the light was not good enough outside.
|Side detail, Panda Soy sock.|
|The tops really do match. Mostly. Except maybe the pattern part.|
|Maizy mermaid sock detail.|
|These ones match almost exactly. Honest. My feet are different sizes.|
Now on to the really arty farty shots. DH decided he had to do them on the 50mm lens with a wide aperture to blur out the background. Alas, in most of the shots, the camera blurred out me and the garment as well. One top photographed particularly badly - the camera focussed on my sleeve to the exclusion of all else. Stupid camera.
|Broken rib tank|
|Back - I call this my Cleopatra top|
|Drops cardigan - me smiling sweetly but not for long|
|More of the Drops cardigan|
|Blurry back of Drops cardie|
|Well most of Rockefeller|
|My Fair Cardie|
|Back of My Fair Cardie|
|Picot detail - note I used a contrast colour yarn!|
|Vesper, almost focussed|
|Vesper neck detail|
Well that's yer bloomin' lot - if that little festival of FOs has not slaked your thirst what will? Also, is there a unifying thing through all of the tops? Something a little samey about them?