Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Socks, Sky, and Robin Nest

Finished chevron patterned socks in Opal Elemente 1075Pattern: Basic top down sock on 60 stitches with stitch pattern in cuff.

Close up picture of stitch pattern and knitting instructions for stitch pattern are here.

Yarn: Opal sock yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon

Color: Elemente 1075

Needles: Addi Turbo #1

Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch

Inspiration: I wanted a horizontal lace pattern because of the stripes in the yarn. After looking through my folder of potential sock cuff stitch patterns, I picked this one. It makes for a tight sock - hard to pull on, but the fit is great after the struggle is over.

Blue Saturday sky for April 21The sky is blue and sunny today. SW Michigan is expecting a high temp in the 70s F/20s C and loving the thought of it.

I'd love it more if I didn't have so much outdoor work to do, but that's the price of having a five acre yard. Even though most of it is "natural", there are still areas around the house where we try to keep nature under control and nature fights back.

By next week all the trees, including these oaks, should have leaves.

Robin sitting on her new nest in leafless treeOne advantage to not having leaves on the trees yet, is being able to see the early nests being built.

This robin worked on this nest all day. No eggs yet. She's just trying it out to see how it fits.

Robin in treeFor those who don't have robins (anybody?), they're a medium size bird. The male and female look alike.

In Michigan, they're common and a much anticipated and talked about sign of spring, arriving around the middle of March.

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