Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ooops - I've lapsed into 2007 Diana mode, not posting for a week! Here's what's been going on:

1.) Today is Opening Day! Matthew and Gus got up at 6 am this morning so they could watch the Red Sox-Athletics game, which was played in Japan. Matsuzaka started, came out throwing 125 mph all over the place, but then settled down and the Red Sox eventually won.

Phillies open at home on Monday against the Nationals. After a shaky start, everything's suddenly come together (even Adam "Get's B" Eaton has pitched well!), so now we're back on track to win the division and go to the World Series. Maybe my friend Pat Burrell will be the annual MVP from the Phillies this year!

2.) Gus's community baseball team assignment came the other day. He's on THE RED SOX. Yes, the mighty GYAC Red Sox, along with four other kids from his class at school. The only thing better, of course, would be the mighty GYAC PHILLIES, but at least he's not on the GYAC Yankees.

3.) Happy Easter to all of you out there that celebrate. We do, in a mild, chocolate-eating, egg-dyeing way. Here is the master at work:

I took the plunge into another Selbuvotter project. This was my Valhalla, my ne plus ultra, otherwise known as Annemor #10. Allow me to digress a moment. Back in 1994, when the movie "Little Women" came out, I was absolutely mesmerized by a pair of gloves that Susan Sarandon wore in one scene, and I've obsessed about them ever since. Believe it or not, I found a picture of these gloves on the internet (and it wasn't even difficult - why would there be a picture of these gloves??) Anyway, here is Susan in her obsession-making gloves:

Ever since I saw these, I've sought high and low for a pattern that was similar, with no luck until the mighty Selbuvotter appeared. I remembered these as sort of generic Norwegian snowflake-patterned gloves, though now that I see the picture, it kind of cracks me up that they are almost nothing like I remembered. They actually resemble a more heavily-patterned Annemor #7 (this picture is from the book):

When I saw Annemor #10, they were the ones I thought were the closest to the Little Women gloves, so I decided to take the plunge and off I went. I still love this book A LOT, but there are many moments when the directions kind of fling you off a cliff and expect you to find your footing. As an experienced knitter I appreciate that faith, but there are some places where my intuition can't make the leap.

The charts for the fingers didn't match the pattern or the photograph of the finished glove. I had to appeal to another Annemor #10 veteran on Ravelry, Pam/aka Northstar, who very kindly and quickly emailed me back that she had cast on extra stitches to make it turn out okay. Which I did. Also, there was only one row of ribbing at the cuff, so of course it flipped up madly and I had to pick up stitches and knit a hem to make it lie flat. I like it hemmed better anyway, since it makes the glove more substantial and finished.

I finished one glove, and I love it more than anything I've ever knit. But I need to take a little break before plunging into the second one. It wasn't difficult, but it required a lot of mental exertion. Ta da!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we order World Series tickets now? I'd like to have them down the third base line, where I can watch MVP Burrell perform his left field wonders, with MVP runner-up Pedro Feliz doing his thing at third base.
And did you notice? It's now under 300 days till the worst presidency in US history comes to a close. (Actually, not quite, because his term goes to noon on Jan 20, not 9 AM, and W can probably do a lot of damage in those three hours - as Bill Clinton did.)

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I thought of you and was mentally wishing you a happy opening day. I have also gone back through your posts and am each time more and more awed by your knitting prowess! I still struggle with the socks.

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