Tuesday, May 25, 2010

socks and more

Thanks for the kind comments about my health, our anniversary, and Dan's birthday. It never fails to warm my heart that I have so many online friends. The internet gets blamed for a lot of privacy violation issues but it has certainly opened up the world so that we can connect with friends of common interests. This has become even more important to me since I don't work any more and am home more often than not these days. I remember being off work due to severe allergies in the mid-90's and just about losing my mind being stuck at home. Now I have my fiber arts to keep me busy as well as this wonderful online community through my blog and Ravelry. I value my little social network.

I have been listening to the weather reports from Ontario about sweltering heat and humidity. After our little heat wave last week, we have been having rain, rain, and more rain with some wind storms thrown into the mix for good measure. It is currently 5 degrees C (41 F) here. It could be worse as places north of us have had snow. The rain is needed so it's hard to begrudge it but I'm ready to see the sun again. I did get my garden in yesterday, in between spells of rain, but haven't planted any bedding plants yet. The old farmer's tale (for around here) is that you shouldn't put in the bedding plants until after full moon after the May long weekend (which just ended). I think that falls on May 29th this year. I hope, for the sake of all those that already planted the tender new bedding plants, that we avoid frost in the next couple of days but it feels like it could freeze tonight.

Anyhow, socks. I've been plugging away on the second plain toe-up sock of this pair.

And I've started using the Barbie pink yarn for a pretty, lacy, girlie pair of socks for someone's birthday present. If you know who the someone is, please don't tell her. This pattern is Dainty Anklets (Rav link) from Wendy Johnson's Toe Up Socks for Every Body.

I have done a smattering of spinning which I'll share another time when there's more to show. For now, another couple of dog pics:

Austin with the most coat that he has ever carried. It must be because he was neutered last year.

And in a strikingly similar pose, Cooper showing that he is getting his big-boy sheltie coat, especially on his tail.


Monika said...

We had 31C yesterday afternoon, and they said it felt like 39C! It sure did.Same for the next couple of days.

Your boys look fabulous! So much hair on them! Austin's looks like he's got a fur coat on him with a nice collar. :o)

I've started plying the singles from your lovely batts yesterday!

SissySees said...

MIL will be sorry she is off today. She fell in love with Cooper in his last photo...

Lovely socks! I especially like those dainty pink ones, which is funny, because my own socks tend to be more understated...

susieg said...

Your dogs are beautiful Susan! And all the wonderful socks you have knit have actually been very inspiring to me. It was because of you that I even gave sock knitting a try. Love the stripey yarn!

Mickey said...

Austin's coat is gorgeous. Do you save the "wool" to spin when you groom the dogs?

Lynn said...

I agree, the internet can be bad, but I really enjoy my on-line network of friends, most I've never met IRL.

Loving the two socks you are working on. The yarn is yummy! Baby Girl would LOVE that pink!

Walden said...

Cooper is such a big boy now!

Both of the socks look lovely.

CelticCastOn said...

Hello gorgeous boys!
My two are shedding like the dickens at the moment, there are dog bunnies everywhere!!!

snowlady said...

Those socks are georgeous. I am currently knitting on my first pair of socks. I am very slow at it.
Your dog cooper is beautiful. I love the sable shelties. I have a 1 1/2 year old sheltie that is tri color. He is rotten.
It's been in the upper 80's here. I wish for your cooler weather.