Friday, May 23, 2008

Life is Good (for now)

It's been a nice 24 hours. The medical thing I mentioned a few posts back turns out to be benign, so there will be no death or dying for me right now :)

I finished the Dayflower Lace Camisole. Here are some shots, including a close up of the lace pattern, a picture showing the straps, and a bad picture of the whole thing blocking. I don't have any on-the-bod shots because none of my little helpers is around to take one and, well, it's been pretty cold.

This was a fast and fun knit. The specs on it are: Dayflower Lace Camisole, size small and a half, knit with Knitpicks Shine Sport in the Cloud color. I think I used 6 skeins. I lost count somewhere along the way. I really liked this pattern. It has some nice designer touches, such as using a bind off/pick up method of creating the decorative horizontal bands across the underbust area. The medium was a too-large 37 inches (and the small was too small at 33 inches), so instead of increasing 24 stitches after the underbust band, I increased only 15. Or rather, first I did the pattern as written, discovered that it absolutely fell off me, ripped out that band (easy because of the aforementioned cast off/pick up feature), and reknit it with fewer stitches. The pattern was easily memorized. It was far more interesting than plain stockinette, without requiring too much attention. A perfect balance. It looks cute when it's on, but you'll have to take my word for that for now.

Also part of the Life is Good report is Sr. Jr.'s baseball game last night. His team is young and inexperienced, so they've had some rough games this season. Not too many blowouts, but a lot of games where they blew large leads or came back from behind only to lose by one run. Last night Sr. Jr. was the starting pitcher, and he pitched three stellar innings. He allowed only 2 men on base in those three innings, didn't walk anyone, and made a great play throwing a guy out at first that left the first baseman shaking his catching hand in pain. Needless to say, no one scored off him. He went 3 for 3 at bat, too, with a spectacular hit to the left field corner that allowed two men on base to score. They won 8-1, very pleased with themselves indeed.

Sr. Jr. has been "called up" to play in an M1 game tonight. M1 is the next level up (in which Sr. Jr. will probably play next year). They maintain a list of good players from the M2 league who they can call up if they're short players. It will be fun for him to play with the bigger kids. What's more is that our next door neighbor's son, N. is on that team! N. plays pick up whiffle ball with the Jrs all the time. It will be nice for him to know someone on the team. I just hope he plays well, and learns that he'll do fine when he gets there next year.

So, again, what to knit next? I'm still working on the Thelonious socks, pictures coming soon. Sweater? Vest (it's still chilly here. A vest would be useful.)? Lace? I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for. Cables? More lace? Fair Isle? I can't decide right now.

We are not doing anything special for the holiday weekend, so I'll have time to think about it.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful camisole, Loren. Also, glad to hear you're well. Health scares are so incredibly stressful.

I just dropped my daughter off for a girl scout weekend in Baltimore, and my son and I are heading up to Bethesda to the Women's Cooperative Farmer's Market (I think that's what it's called).

Have a relaxing holiday weekend.


kippi said...

Oh I'm so happy to hear that you are well. I don't think I could take more bad news. Now I hope the scar/incision heals well.

The camisole is BEAUTIFUL! I'm not a garment knitter, but this one is adorable. Seriously, especially since I can now wear that style. I'm going to check it out. Thanks also for the detailed dimensions.

YAY for the boys' baseball excitement! Such great memories are being made for you all right now.

Send some of the cool weather this way. We have been pushing 100 for the last week. Well over 100 with the heat index. And it isn't even June. Last year we only had one day 100 degrees. it was lovely.

I still haven't found my Thelonius. Have you seen on Ravelry the pattern of the thelonius without the lace? I really like it as well.

when will the STR get here?

Loren T said...

Thanks, Sharon! I hope you're having a great weekend and enjoying the beautiful weather. Finally!


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