Greetings, and Dear Cynthia,
Brett Favre announced his retirement yesterday. The state of Wisconsin is in mourning. People gathered at Lambeau Field just to "be with other fans". I heard one person ask another, "Where were you when you heard the news?" (The last time somebody asked me that question, it was in reference to the attack on the World Trade Towers on September 11th....)
I consider myself somewhat resilient, however, and I've picked up the shattered pieces of my life and moved on. KNITTING! It is with glee that I say I am in a state of having no "second sock syndrome" anymore! I knit the second sock on my pair of contrasting heels ankle socks, finishing off another item on my Mission Possible: 2008 list. These are made out of leftover Lorna's Laces (say that three times fast), and are so soft. I have been converted to a "toe-up" sock person, though I've found the short row heel is quite snug, so I knit these heels on 60% of the stitches (instead of the typical 50%), and they fit perfectly, no slipping down, not too tight... This brings my Mission Possible tally to five things done, seven to go.
On the topic of my two unfinished languishing sweaters, I've actually sewn 2/3 of the SuperNova together. I am going to need some suggestions for how I do the neckline on that one. The pattern instructs you to knit the turtleneck from the top down, then finish with a series of six little "points" which are then sewn into the recesses created when the circles were sewn together. I'll show you a picture in my next post. Before I even started knitting the sweater, I knew I wasn't going to be handling the neckline per the pattern instructions, and yet, I still haven't figured out what I **will** do. A hand knit turtleneck is out of the question for me, but not sure exactly how to execute something which might be more to my liking. And so, I'll try it on, take a decent picture, and then be back for your suggestions (hopefully) in the next day or two...
Carry on, if you can... ...if you can muster the courage to face today without Brett Favre playing for the Packers any more. Be brave!