Thursday, October 11, 2007

Catch-up

Ack, I am behind in posting (again). Dave and I had a lovely time in Portland on Sunday. Here is the start of his race: This was actually taken about 10 minutes before the start - they line up very early down there, and by the actual start there were even more people. Dave worked his way up to 9th (out of 80) during the race but then got a flat tire and fell quite aways back after having to run almost an entire lap with his bike. You might notice a mostly naked man in the middle of the photo - this is a Portland thing. You earn extra Cross Crusade series points by competing as close to naked as possible...I felt a bit bad for this guy because he disrobed quite awhile before the start, and he must have been freezing. Then again, it was his crazy plan to ride in a speedo. The Seattle cyclocross series is pretty big, but the Portland series is probably twice the size, participant-wise, and with many more women. It was interesting to go to a race down there - we've done it before, but only for big-deal national races. I think it was a more fun atmosphere than we have up here, to be honest...

We did make it to Powell's, which is crazy, in the best possible way. And completely overwhelming. I deal pretty well with overstimulation and lots of options, but I wasn't prepared for this. I did find some good stuff in the knitting section, but I didn't really look hard for anything else. There was so much single-word-title nonfiction it was astounding. I think unless you have a plan and know what you're looking for it can be a tough place to navigate simply because it's SUCH a huge store. That said, I can't wait to go back (with a plan).

When we got back from Portland I might have accidentally cast-on another new project: These are the NHM #7 mittens from Selbuvotter. I'm knitting them with Shetland Spindrift, on size 1.5 needles. This photo is from Monday - I'm currently just past the thumb. I'm participating in the Ravelry Selbuvotter Knitalong which started this week. I might have jumped the gun just a bit, but I'm sure I won't be the first to finish! I'm loving them so far - I had forgotten how addicting Fair Isle is for me...Last night Anne-Marie and I went to our first Seattle Knitters Guild meeting to listen to Annemor Sundbo, who spoke about traditional symbols in knitting. It was quite interesting, and we couldn't believe how many people there were - I really had no idea. I mean, I knew there were a lot of knitters in Seattle, but this was quite a whack of knitters. Of course I forgot my camera (oops). We hope to go again, but next time we'll be sure to eat dinner first - we had to leave after Annemor's talk because we were both starving (oops)!

6 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

So pretty!
It makes me want to knit more Latvian mittens... or maybe pick up my endpaper mitts again.

On that picture, the pale blue looks kind of variegated (or unevenly dyed). Is that just the picture?

bookwoman said...

It takes a brave man to ride a bike in a speedo.

And the mitten is gorgeous. I just got a book from the library on Fair Isle mittens and yours just may be the inspiration to get me to sit down and really try it.

KarenJoSeattle said...

The Starbuck's down the street stays open late and isn't busy right before the meetings. We had a few more people than usual last night, but we normally have about 50 or so.

The mittens look great. Terri Shea spoke at the Guild meeting last month.

Next time you need to stay for show and tell after the break.

Emily said...

The light yarn is a bit tweedy. Not so much uneven as having flecks of other colors.

Definitely try mittens! I found colorwork to be much less difficult than I assumed it must be...

Next time we'll definitely stay for show and tell, we just weren't prepared this time and our stomachs were calling us home! Thanks for the heads-up on the local Starbucks...
I wish I had your email addresses so I could respond to comments...how does one get blogger to record that?

Marisol said...

Very Pretty! I like the color combination that you chose.

Anonymous said...

Emily, Marlene and I went to see Jane Austen Book Club and I think it is a MUST see. Go soon - we were the only ones at the matinee so it will probably not last long at the theater. You'll love it. love, mom