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Monday, February 09, 2004  

This new computer is so full of surprises. Of course, it’s an XP machine, so it fades in and out of what it thinks I want to see - a particularly irksome form of display. Makes me feel like it’s just lurking about waiting to trip me up. The new keyboard is a delight, and is not only quieter, but faster. Eventually we’ll get used to it’s idiosyncrasies and then begin to hate everything about it because those same quirks will stop working reliably, and then the monitor will begin to flicker and fade and then it’ll be 2014 and we’ll buy another one.

In the mean time, I am enjoying the display the newer version of explorer that lets me see a fuller list of lead articles in the New York Times online. In particular, I get a list of the fashion articles they’re running. This is the line that caught my eye this morning.

”Scouring eBay a few months ago, Mr. Robinson found an original Perry Ellis scarf with a button print, he said. He reproduced the fabric and cut it into gently fluted silk skirts. He paired one of the skirts with a lean, colorful tweed jacked wrapped at the waist with a rhinestone belt, an accessory that gave the outfit an air of seeming nicely left of proper.”

Now, maybe you will wear a silk skirt made of a fabric fluid enough to wear as a scarf, printed with images of buttons with a lean colorful tweed jacket and rhinestone belt - but I can’t think of anybody else who might.

I know, I know, these are supposed to be fashion statements. Just that, it’s such a shame when an idiot speaks. BTW, the tweed had been woven into oversized houndstooth checks of tan, olive and gold - colors I can wear with ease, but unusually ugly in the photo.

I do love clothes, though, and appreciate that I can see and read these silly articles. I also know that real fashion is found in catalogs, not in the NYT.

We are back from a delightful weekend with FavoriteFamily people in Bedford, VA - a FavoriteTown. If you looked the world over for a more perfect little town, I doubt you’d find one that beats B,VA. Our cousins live in a big four square house with a glorious porch overlooking green yards - not lawns, mind you, but front yards, warm, welcome and full of kids - on tree lined streets with sidewalks flanking both sides of the street.

This is a place we go to heal, to restore and renew all sorts of spiritual ties of friendship, family and love. After all the stresses of January, we were ready for the nourishment and imbibed with a will. BD, BH and I went so there was much knitting in the car. BH has wanted to learn how to make socks for the longest time and she started her first sock on the way up. She turned her first heel just outside of Farmville on the way back. Pretty cool, huh?

Second Fair Isle sock was finished as we rode in to Bedford on Saturday afternoon and in the evening I cast on a new sock in the Toasty Toes I used knit LD’s Christmas socks. This is a delicious yarn to knit with - a little thicker than most sock yarns, and very, very plush. I did a cable pattern in the cuff but I’m not sure it’s effective. This is a handpaint yarn and texture seldom shows up in handpaint yarns. It’s quite springy, though and has a delicious snug feeling around the ankle. I’ve about 10 more rounds of foot to knit before I begin the toe decreases. I shan’t have that sort of uninterrupted time to knit this week, but I hope to finish this second pair in about 10 days and then maybe I’ll be ready to dive in to a sweater project.

Today is the fiber guild meeting. It’s a push to make it to these meetings because they are on work days and are so far away - an hour and a half in the car. But I do so love to be around fiberish women and this particular meeting I promised a colleague I would help with a demonstration of steeks. I had read how to do the crocheted steek in the Knitters magazine article, several years ago, by Rick Mondragon. I understood the concept immediately, but I’d never made one. “Of course I can demonstrate the crocheted steek” was my comment last month when Jayne asked me if I knew how to do them. So I’ve knit up some swatches, gotten out Sweaters from Camp, with Meg Swansen’s Oh SoClear Instructions and made a sample to show around. Wowie oh Wow! I had no idea how much I would love this technique. I will never, ever make any other sort of steek again. It’s so tidy, so flexible, and you don’t have any of that nasty sewing thread in your sweater. And you don’t have to twist the knit stitches you’re going to crochet into, as I remembered the magazine article stating. Just crochet the left leg of the center stitch to the right leg of the stitch to its immediate left, and crochet the right leg of the center stitch to the left leg of the stitch to its immediate right, and snip down the ladders in that center stitch. Really do give it a try - it is so tidy, so easy.

Ah, good news. I just checked weather dot com and see we are in for some sunshine and 50* temperatures. Perhaps, at last, the road will dry out. I’ll scan the toasty toe sock today and post it, sometime in the afternoon.

posted by Bess | 7:17 AM