06 March 2006

Pink, Red and the letter E

E is for evergreens and emerging life.

One of the great things about my job is that there is a trail through the woods on the property. I love the evergreens for their height and beauty and I get to look at them all day. When not looking high in the trees, though, the trail hasn't been very pretty this winter. With the coming of spring, I have been discovering life emerging from the seemingly dead vegetation. It takes some close inspection but things are starting to grow and emerge from the bare branches. I thought I'd share some of my pictures with you because I love this time of year!
(If you're just here for the knitting-I've got that covered! It's after the nature pictures)

I wish I could tell you what all these plants are but I really don't know. I'm pretty good at identifying trees but that's about as far as my plant knowledge goes. I wish my backyard were looking this pretty and full of life. It's a mess of weeds, bare ground and a lumpy lawn but I need the rain to stop before I can fix it!

This isn't on the trail through the woods but I thought I'd include the flowering cherry tree because it's pretty and pink and it's pink and red month at Project Spectrum.

Speaking of Project Spectrum, I have some knitting to show you! I finally finished my red Cascading Leaves sock. I finished the 1st one right after Christmas but then I got sidetracked by other projects so it's been sad and alone- until today! I love, love, love this pair of socks because it's the first pair I've ever knit for myself! The yarn is sock garden from knitpicks and it's so soft and snuggly on my feet. Look how nicely they fit my feet! The only drawback to the sock garden is that it's 100% merino -that explains the super softness but it also means they won't be the most long-lasting socks unless I treat them very carefully.
I used this pattern to make my mom some socks but I didn't really like how square the toe was on her pair, (sorry, Mom!) so I changed it on mine. I'm looking for a new sock project now! Now that I have 1 pair, I think I need some more. I don't want my 1 pair of handknit socks to be lonely in my drawer. What is your favorite sock yarn? I've only used the sock garden and Lorna's Laces shepherd sock which is lovely but a little pricey.


Kirsten said...

I'll share my new SOCK BOOK with you! It's Sensational Knitted Socks. Actually, I kinda, sorta, a little bit have 2 new sock books...I bought Knitting on the Road last week.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Your socks are great! For good old plain jane socks I love Lang Jawoll. It has just the right amount of nylon in it and it comes with reinforcing thread for the heels and toes (if you remember to use it, LOL). For multi-colored I enjoy the process of knitting with Mountain Colors Bearfoot a lot it just feels good and rarely pools much. Opal is good and pretty affordable and of course comes in fun self patterning colors if you like that sort of thing. Trekking is pretty popular yet pretty affordable as well. TheKnitter.com has free shipping in the US and carries a wide variety of sock yarn for reasonable prices (including the Bearfoot and the Jawoll). If you are a member of socknitters you can also get 10% off your order. The service I've had from her has been great.

Agnes said...

I like what your E stands for ... everygreen and emerging life ... that's very uplifting indeed!
Your cascading leaves look awesome! I made a pair using Cascade Fixation for my mom ... I am thinking of making one for myself!

Karen said...

Hi, thanks for your nice comment on my blog! I'm glad to hear Lopi Lace is in fact in Weekend Knitting - because I wouldn't put it past me to get my knitting books confused!! I love your Cascading Leaves socks - it's such a pretty pattern and the colorway is beautiful. The toe looks great too - the square ones always seem a bit funny to me. For sock yarn, right now I'm knitting with Trekking XXL and really really love it!