Monday, February 25, 2008

Time for another chapter of "Third Time's a Charm", the (seemingly) never-ending saga of my quest to satisfy my Landscape Shawl yearning.

You may remember this, though your mind (like mine) may recoil at the memory:

This was my first attempt at a new Landscape Shawl, made with the butt-ugliest color of Kureyon sock yarn ever seen. I gave up after I saw bright turquoise and grey coming up next.

Then I cast on this:

This is sock yarn that I had stared at abstractedly for months since it was on the shelf across from the counter at work. I think it's Trekking, but I've lost the ballband. The colors, caramel with bits of green and rosy pink, seemed warm and inviting and not as yechhy as the Kureyon. But, as often happens, once I started to knit it up, everything got muddy and unappealing.

Then on Friday a shipment of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn arrived at the store. And because I don't have any yarn at all at home HA HA I purchased some, and cast on once again.

Now we're talking! I'm foregoing the picots, which I have always been a little ambivalent about. They're kind of a signature for the Landscape Shawl, but they're also a pain in the butt, and I also honestly like the look of the shawl better without them. So there you are. More than you ever wanted to know about my recent Landscape Shawl history.

Shall we switch gears? In unrelated Phillies news, Ryan Howard beat the Phillies for the first time in arbitration. The team should have just have given him the extra ding-dang $3 million in the first place. Brad Lidge hurt his knee yesterday - uh oh. Cross yer fingers that it's not serious.*

I finished "Post Captain" and am now reading "HMS Surprise". Dad told me that this was his favorite, which I found a little demoralizing since there are like 20 books after this. But perhaps my experience will be different from his. I liked "Post Captain" because there was a lot of girly-romancey stuff; this book is a lot saltier - there's torture and scurvy and squalls - and the ladies are 12,000 miles away. But it's still immensely enjoyable. Patrick O'Brian rules!

*Hey! - I thought I told you to cross your fingers! Lidge has to have surgery and is out till May. Of course. He's thrown ONE PITCH as a Phillie - we're in Garcia/Tartabull territory here, folks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even for the Phillies, I thought one pitch was a little quick - and it wasn't even a pitch to anybody - it was just a throw. Of course, the Phillies knew that Lidge had had surgery on his knee in October, so - that's what happens. (By the way, what is the only team to have lost 10,000 games? Even the Washington Generals, playing the Globetrotters every night, couldn't do that.) But that's why we're all Phillies fans, right? To test our tolerance for pain and suffering.....

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are plotting to steal whatever money i don't spend at rosie's. i went in on saturday and saw the wonderfulness that is cherry tree hill. i think this summer might be socky for me.

1:56 PM  
Blogger diana said...

GG - wow, it's only March and you're in fine regular season Phillies-fan-bitterpuss form!! Everything is going to be fine! Who needs Lidge anyway?

jjp - yeah, Cherry Tree Hill - you know you want some.....

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who needs Brad Lidge??? That's right, we're going to get complete games out of our pitchers, so who needs a bullpen? Myers, Hamels, Adam Eaton (ADAM EATON???? YI!!!) and the rest.
So sorry to work into midseason form so soon, but that's what spring training is for. No more bitter Phillies-fan comments for now.

9:51 AM  
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