Friday, September 30, 2005

At last, fall is here

And I am soooo happy! Today I got to wear a wool sweater and wool socks. The very first socks I ever knit, in fact:

They are so cozy and fit me perfectly. I also love the colors in the yarn--really makes me think of autumn. It's Friday and I'm looking forward to a weekend of gorgeous fall weather, knitting, and being outside. Possible outings for Taz and I might include apple picking at this orchard, hiking here, or visit lots of places around this town, (and if we do go, you can bet we'll stop at this place). For sure, Sami and I are going to get together (feels like I haven't seen her in ages), and I'm going to ask her to help me pick out a new stud for my nose. You see, yesterday I noticed that the little jewel had somehow fallen out of my nose ring (stud), and now it just looks like a tiny empty metal dish. Not sparkly and cute. So, since Sami has a pierced nose as well, I thought she would be a good person to bring along for this important decision.

And what will I be knitting, you ask? Well, I'm making good progress on x-mas surprise #2:

Obviously, I had to do a major close up so you couldn't tell what it is (well, OK, some of you can probably still tell, but shhhh!). Luckily, it also allows you to appreciate the beauty of this Mountain Colors yarn. I don't think the future owner of this gift reads my blog much, but you never know, so better safe than sorry. I was working on it last night at SnB, where a reporter from this local publication came by to chat with us all. Look for the article during Rosh Hashanah (Oct. 3-5). Obviously we're not front page news! And what a small world it is--the reporter had gone to high school very near where I used to live in Chile. Anyway, if I finish x-mas surprise #2 this weekend, then I'll go back and finish swatching for x-mas surprise #1, if I get a chance to buy the right size needles.

I really did start reading Ulysses by James Joyce, and so far it is both extremely difficult and extremely beautiful. I have decided this is not a book I can read just to get through it and be able to tell my father I've finally read it (he's been recommending it to me since elementary school, literally). No, this is a book I will need to take my time with and savor each word. Sometimes I will reread parts because I didn't understand them, but I think most parts I return to will be because of language like this:

"Woodshadows floated silently by through the morning peace from the stairhead seaward where he gazed. Inshore and farther out the mirror of water whitened, spurned by lightshod hurrying feet. White breast of the dim sea. The twining stresses, two by two. A hand plucking the harpstrings merging their twining chords. Wavewhite wedded words shimmering on the dim tide." (p. 9)


Anonymous said...

Ulysses! I took a seminar on Dante and loved it, but cannot imagine handling The Inferno on my own. I was tempted to take the course on Ulysses, but my brain was already in danger of being deep fried. Keep us posted on how it goes! And new knit socks are always a cause for celebration. :)


Tish said...

Ulysses was written by a man who hates readers. I enjoy James Joyce and I don't really believe he hates readers, but that book...sweeat Mary.
But I love those socks! They certainly are quite lovely.

Zarzuela said...

Your xmas present looks like it's coming along pretty well. Very pretty yarn. Sounds like you have a great weekend planned. Have fun!


Sneaksleep said...

Thanks, everyone, for the compliments on the socks. I actually knit them back in March or so. But I haven't had much chance to wear them until now, which is why I was so excited. :)

Jenn said...

First - how jealous am I that you can wear wool! It's going to be in the 90s all week here (but that's better than the 104 it was last week!).
Second - I do think that the hat looks almost exactly like the one in SnB Nation - but it was worth it for the booties!

medea said...

woolen socks! How do you keep them from felting? I can just picture myself walking into every puddle!

BTW, thanks for your comment on my blog, I'd love to network with your friend!