I took a mini-vacation and attended the Edmonton Folk Festival from Wednesday night to last night and it was fantastic! My highlights were Hanggai (Mongolian music from China), Alex Cuba (he said there is a rich culture of pick-up lines in Cuba, and one of his songs was titled, “Baby, if You Were a Cook I’d Eat Everything Off my Plate”), Pine Leaf Boys, Jill Barber (I still love her music, now I love her fashion sense), and The Idan Raichel Project (sorry, it’s a MySpace page).
Of course, I knitted while I was there:
Herringbone Scarf and Bela Fleck
Kai-Mei by Cookie A. (dirty toes courtesy of dancing barefoot to wicked tunes of The Idan Raichel Project)
I’m being more proactive in fixing my shoulders; I can’t afford to go to the chiropractor and the massage therapist as often as I would like but I know I’ve got to do something, so I dug out some dumbells I got for Christmas last year and I’m working on my shoulder strength, and I’ve requested some yoga DVDs from the library. Hopefully these things will help. I also requested some belly dancing DVDs for the fun of it, but I digress.
I’ve started some more socks (even though I’ve got a few pairs that are still on the go, I’m a starter, not a finisher).
The above is sock number one of the Herringbone Rib Socks. I oddly don’t have 2.5 mm in circular form…anyway, I’m very much in love with Claudia Hand Paints, the yarn is deliciously squishy and not very splitty. It’s the Oops! colourway I got in Montreal.
And these are socks for my Dad. They’re in Sisu yarn which always puts me in mind of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. I gave him the balls for Christmas because my back wouldn’t let me get to them, and he laughed pretty hard when I told him they were socks. I think they’re going to be a quick knit. I ribbed for an inch on 2.5 mm needles and then switched to 3.0mm needles.
I finished my first Achillea on Saturday night, and took a few shots of it yesterday. The best light is in my office, and since our friendly pigeon showed up, I thought I’d get a shot with him and the sock.
And I thought “Achillea and the Bird” was pretty clever. Sometimes I feel smug.
I love the Achillea sock. The pattern is deceptively simple and the lines are beautiful. And of course, I love Trekking XXL. This is knit on 2.5 mm dpns.