September 09, 2005


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Little sister lights candles on big sister's birthday cake. I love how atmospheric this photo looks. I love it when my kids care for each other like this. Allegra was determined to light those candles for her sister; what I've cropped out of the photo were the sixteen broken and burnt out wooden matches that she went through, to accomplish her task.

I see that I was tagged for a meme, the first two questions of which were, What were you doing ten years ago? and What were you doing five years ago? More to the point, what I was doing 19 years ago, to the day? Giving birth to Jennie, becoming a mom for the first time.

You see that Jennie's dyed her hair back to its natural blonde color. She's removed the tongue stud, too -- but she's sporting a tattoo on her ankle. Oh, well, I love her anyway.

Mary B -- glad to have found another Friday Harbor sock enthusiast! Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I have wondered if 50 sts around is really enough for a sock, even a lace sock, for me (given that I'm a tight knitter and also given that I'm trying the 3x2 rib). I may go up to 60 sts....

Ryan -- nupps are the bobbles of lace knitting. You see them used in, for example, Lily of the Valley stitch. (See Faina Letoutchaia's entrelac shawl, "Forest Path," from the Summer 2003 issue of Interweave Knits; see Galina Khmeleva's "Lily of the Valley" shawl in Knitter's Summer 2004.) Nupps, in a nutshell: You create five stitches out of one stitch, then on the return row, either purl these 5 together or knit these 5 together, depending on whether you have a stockinette or a garter stitch background for your lace. Think of purling together 5 stitches of laceweight yarn on tiny needles . . . that qualifies as hard! Knitters have various strategies and short-cuts for tackling nupps.

But -- there are more lace patterns out there that don't use Lily of the Valley stitch than there are that do. One can knit beautiful lace one's whole life and never have to knit a nupp.

And then, with respect to those questions of, What were you doing on such-and-such date? There's the question of, What did you think you'd be doing, on September 1? I fully expected that I'd have my sister's socks finished and be casting on for the Floral Fair Isle gloves. Although that plan didn't quite come to fruition, Abby came over on September 1 and chose some Spindrift in various colors for her gloves (and she picked out some books and a calendar, as well). I couldn't find a camera that day to take a reciprocal photo of her.

Posted by Karen at September 9, 2005 09:09 AM

Karen - I can't believe you have a 19 year old daughter!

Happy Birthday Jennie!

Posted by: Angela at September 9, 2005 10:46 AM

Oh, Allegra looks so grown up! Sigh. You have beautiful daughters, with good hearts. You can be proud.

Posted by: Anne at September 9, 2005 11:13 AM

You have two beautiful daughters!

Posted by: Scott at September 9, 2005 02:47 PM

Oh, gee, Honey, you deserve *some* of the credit, too!

Posted by: Karen at September 9, 2005 04:28 PM

Hey - It was my birthday!
I love that picture.

Thank you Angela!

Posted by: DD#1 at September 9, 2005 04:50 PM

What a sweet picture of two pretty young women!

Posted by: Jewel at September 10, 2005 02:47 AM

What a darling picture of my two sweet nieces! I also loved the picture of Allegra playing the piano with the fingerless gloves she knit herself.

Gene & I both cracked up over the above comments by Scott, Karen & DD#1. Ah, how the modern family communicates!

Karen, I'm THRILLED my socks are finished! My toes have been taking extra baths to get ready. Now that it's cooled down to 80 here in Sedona, I'll soon be needing socks again. If I name you Sister of the Year, do you promise not to tell Shirley?!

Posted by: Barb at September 13, 2005 09:51 PM

Sister of the Year--?! Moi? I'm dusting off my mantel, now, getting ready for that trophy!

Posted by: Karen at September 14, 2005 09:12 AM