Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Where were you when you heard the news?

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!

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)


Designated Knitter said...

Ok, I was on my way home from work when I heard the news, but like you, I am resiliant and have moved on!

Love the socks!

Lauren said...

So Sorry for your loss.


allisonmariecat said...

I hope you're doing okay :)

As a non-native living in Wisconsin, I always felt like a stranger in a strange land during football season when all the newspaper seemed to talk about was whether or not it was Brett Favre's last season, and I was the only one who DID NOT CARE. What will post instead of real news now???

I love your quick socks! They are really cute. I have my first toe-up socks with short-row toe and heel coming up, so I will remember that if the heel is snug I can use more stitches. Thank you :)

Cindy G said...

I'm seriously dating myself when I say that for me "Where were you when you heard the news?" will always mean the Kennedy assasination.

Now I'm obsessing about that neckline. Mitered sections to smooth it out?

MollyBeees said...

I love the socks! Brett who? (HeeHee, I've been getting a lot of mileage out of that one! )