Monday, August 24, 2009

Thises, Thats and the Others

So, as some people familiar with Ravelry might know, there is a group there called Sock Knitters Anonymous. (Of which I am a member...along with about 8000 other people.) Every month, there are certain challenges set for the members. There are prizes to be won, though I don't think that's anyone's only motivation. It's the fun of knitting together that I like...all us little sock fanatics. Well, a new year of challenges is starting...and this first month the challenge is to knit a sock in yellow yarn.*

I think I'm ready.

Left to right (and lightest to darkest): Miss Babs in Peeps, Zen Yarn Garden in Lemon Ice (with sterling silver sparklies!...but I think a little too variegated for this challenge, which calls for a solid or semi-solid), Cascade in some number, Three Irish Girls in Cian, and Shibui in Finch. At this moment I am leaning toward the Miss Babs or the Cascade. Or, if I do two pairs, the Miss Babs and the Cascade.

I got to work this morning and realized that my (verboten) camera was still in my bag. So I stuffed it in my pants pocket and waltzed in with it. And was even daring enough to take a picture of my desk...

What's your desk look like? (This doesn't show my side section where the computer lives.)

And finally, in just a little over a week, we'll be schlepping Rachel up to school. Fingers crossed that all goes well. I'm thinking it's going to be a great experience for her...certainly I'm hoping that! We are thinking that on the Saturday we leave Amherst, we may travel east to Boston to see Arthur's sister and try to find a hotel there for Saturday night. Daniel, if you're reading this, any hotel suggestions?

I need to go clean the cat boxes but I want to come back, if I'm not too tired**, and do a book post. I read a great YA science-fiction this weekend!


* It's actually a little more complicated than that...there are three parts to the challenge. You can knit the Mystery Sock (this month it's a secret design by Nancy Bush) in yellow, knit some other pattern in yellow (as long as it challenges you somehow), or knit a Wendy Johnson toe-up sock in any color. I am planning on attempting the Mystery Sock and perhaps doing a Wendy Johnson (I like her designs) in yellow. Or there's a nice pattern called Wheat Fields (I think) that I like...

** I woke up lat night at 3:17 a.m. (thank you digital clock!) and was just getting sleepy again at 4:22 a.m. when Duncan came racing in and jumped up on my stomach. I was then wide awake until after 5 a.m. and had to get up at 6. I've been a little zonked all day though now (thank you, stupid metabolism) I am beginning to wake up.

1 comment:

Daniel N said...

It's a very busy time of the year here, too! Lots of parents bringing their kids to Boston and Cambridge. I think most rooms in the city itself (if available) would be $200+ per night, in many cases closer to $300.

You may want to look in Brookline (adjacent suburb) or Dorchester (southern neighborhood) -- both of those places have subway/streetcar lines running nearby some of the hotels/motels.

You can go a few miles north (e.g., Somerville) or south (e.g., Braintree) of the city itself and save some bucks, but you'd be committed to driving around to get anywhere.

See what happens when you check ( for "Boston hotels" or some of the other names above.

You can e-mail me with additional questions; good luck!