I'm starting the Summer of Socks 2008 with an adventure. My first top-up sock using Judy Becker's Magic Cast-on with the assistance of Cat Bordhi's YouTube video on the technique and the Knitty article by Judy Becker. I'm also going to try short-row heels since all the cool knitters do them....besides, technique expansion is a good thing. The yarn is loot from Joan that I won a little while ago at her blog: Silky Sock from The Great Adirondack Yarn Company. The toe was a little bit of challenge but I really like it.
It was a busy weekend full of chores, travel, gardening, and the bit of knitting I've told you about. I drove up to Oshkosh on Saturday to have a good time with a mop and some bleach. Yeah, the cottage basement had (at one point, not now) about 4 to 6 inches of water in it from the recent flooding. Mom gave me a big hand to haul out the wet stuff to the curb for pick up and move things so the bleach would have a clear field. I'll have to have the mechanicals looked at, but the structure is still fine. Just a wet June, eh? No wonder I have been having water dreams. We drove to Leon's to have a chili dog and soda for lunch, which was fun since it is a drive-in. No custard cone this time.
I had a fun surprise in the garden....one of my hollyhocks is blooming! I purchased these plants at Felly's Greenhouse but the blooms indicate there is hope for the hollyhock seeds that Stacey is sending. *g*
These are actually pretty short hollyhocks but since they are in a raised bed they show up nicely.
Here is one of my favorite photos from the weekend. Blue enjoying the catmint/catnip. I thought I had planted cat mint but the cats enjoy it so much it may be cat nip. I'll have to pay attention when it flowers. I love the goofy little face on this cat.