My friend, Diana, won a nice Braves baseball package at her company's Christmas party. Four tickets in row 22 directly behind home plate, valet parking pass, and four $10 food vouchers. This afternoon, I went with her, Pat, and Meagan to enjoy the game. Of course, on the way it started raining, and then it never really stopped. It wasn't a little tiny rain either, but a big deluge complete with thunder and lightning. We had high hopes though, as the weatherman had assured us that the rain would end at 6:00. We parked (valet!!), and then had a lovely dinner. The rain slowed a bit during dinner, but as we made our way to the seats, it picked up again in earnest. We walked around the covered concourse for a while, and then settled on a picnic bench with our knitting. Finally, about 8:45, they called the game. Up until then, we had stayed dry, if not exactly warm (the temperature had dropped to around 53 degrees,) but we had to go out into the heavy rain and wind to get to the car, thereby getting wet to the knees. The only upside was someone else had to retrieve the car for us (valet!!!) Despite the rain, we had a nice time together, and we are looking forward to doing it again with our rain checks - hopefully on a sunny, warm day.
I'm off to Kansas City, MO next week to visit my friend. She has just finished her second round of chemo, and she and her husband have gone to KC from Minneapolis so he can start his new job. She seems to be having few side effects so far, but enough that he doesn't want to leave her alone. Since he has to be out of town for a week for training, I'm going to help keep an eye on her. I think what is really going to happen is that we are going to have lots of fun and laughing, even if we don't get out too much. At least, that's what I'm hoping for. Because I know that it can sometimes be cold during those chemo treatments, I knit a vest for her to wear at the hospital, or any time she feels a bit of a chill.
- Suki. I saw the model and bought the pattern at Stitches South last month. It has an interesting construction. The back is knit, and then each front side is picked up and knit. Short rows form the sleeves and shawl collar, and the only seam is at the center back of the neck.
- The yarn is Berroco Vintage, 50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10%nylon. A very soft machine washable blend, it created a lightweight drapey fabric that should be the right weight for almost any time of year, except the hottest of days.
I also finally finished a pair of socks I started at the end of February.
I can't remember where I found the pattern, but do know that I messed it up enough that it became more something from my own head than the original. It has alternating two stitch left and right cables, separated by two purl stitches (I should have gotten a closeup.) If you look closely, I think you can tell how different in size the two socks are. The first one is a bit large on me, while the second fits perfectly. That's what I get for taking so long to finish them - my gauge obviously changed a lot. Oh well.
I've started another pair of socks to take along on my trip, and am contemplating a new lace project. I also have an idea in mind for at least one of my "Pay It Forward" projects, but that will have to wait until I get back. All I can say is its not knitting!