Monday, July 17, 2006

Finished cardigan and on to the Aran

Over the weekend I finished Mom's cardigan. Sarah took a couple of pictures of it on me (none of the girls would model for me) and now I'll wrap it up and set it aside for Mom's birthday in November.

I probably should have worn it buttoned up, but it's so hot that I couldn't bear the thought. (Note to Jeannine: the books in the bookcase behind me are poetry books, books by C.S. Lewis, books by Miss Read, and my favorite picture books.)

Yesterday I saw Mom and Dad and showed Dad the traditional cream-colored Aran yarn and the swatch I'd started knitting. Immediately he said, "I like it better than the tan." I knew it! I'm so glad I went ahead and ordered the yarn. I'm casting on tonight.

We have still had no rain. Our grass is burning up. The garden is already gone. In the newspaper yesterday there was an article that said the long-term forecast for us is little to no rain for the next 6 to 12 months. Six to twelve months?! How can they predict that far out?

Jacy and Sarah volunteered at the library today. Most of the Friends of the Library are elderly women, and the girls go and do the toting of books up and down the stairs that the women can't do. While there, I had a look around and picked up a few books from the "free" table. Among my finds was a set of The Confederate Veteran. Each volume contains a year's worth of the magazine (facsimile) and there are about 10 or so volumes. The girls demanded to know what I thought I was going to do with them. I'll read them. Then I'll give them away or donate them to the local historical society when they get their building renovations done - if they want them... .



Blogger Sydney said...

I like that cardigan. The color is wonderful. It's been very hot and dry in northwest Alabama too. I've pretty much given up on the lawn.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your mom's cardigan looks great! She will love it. So, what is the tan yarn going to be now? I like the cream colored swatch better too. Have you cast it on yet? Remember...just four rows a day! You will be done before you know it! Is it for Christmas? Are you knitting anything for yourself now? How is Tom? Love, Meg

9:22 PM  
Blogger Jennie C. said...

I'll be the dissenter...I thought the tan was lovely! :-) Your mother's sweater is a gorgeous color, too.

6:22 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, Sydney. My mom and I both love blue.

Meg, I have no idea how Tom is, but trust that he is okay. I'm sending him letters every other day, but don't expect that he has the time to reciprocate. I cast on the Aran last night! The first bit is ribbing, so I'm getting along with it just fine for now. I don't have anything on the needles for me, but that might change any time.

Thanks for the encouraging words re: the tan yarn, Jennie. I just got the fall issue of KnitSimple and I like the cover sweater. It's a woman's cabled cardigan by Mari Lynn Patrick done in orange - but I think it might look good in tan...

8:53 AM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

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9:55 AM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

The cardigan is beautiful! One of my neighbors makes cardigans for all of the members of her family. She said the worst one was for one of her sons-in-law because of his girth. I think she said she had to make it in a 2X or 3X and she'd never made one that large before.

Thank you so much for telling me what books are in the picture--and before I could ask. :-)

I still have to order yarn for my first project. I've been trying to catch up on all sorts of things this week and the temps are in the 90s so we're having lots of people coming to our house to swim. I'm spending too much time chatting and not enough time doing, and I'm definitely staying out of my garden--it's too hot and the bugs are brutal.

I'll keep praying for rain for you. Maybe God will send some of ours your way instead. Our tomatoes are rotting before they even turn color.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

I'm the one who posted and had to delete. I did such a horrible sentence construction that when I reread my comment I burst out laughing. Rather than amusing everyone else I deleted and reposted.

9:58 AM  

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