‘Harry Potter’ socks done!

The boy wanted short socks!
which is fine with me since they made up more quickly

It was just a happy coincidence that the stripes lined up-I did nothing special!

Stopped in to LYS this afternoon, and got to see new yarns from Trendsetter and a few other smaller distributors that the rep carries. This is one of the things I miss about being at the store regularly! As soon as the rep left we tore into the boxes from Classic Elite! I brought home this pattern booklet. They retail for 14.95, but Libby sells them for 8! She only got this other pattern booklet. I think she got all the colors of Waterlily, a nice looking merino, and a bunch of colors of Desert, another interesting wool. She’s also getting Alpaca sox, but I have no idea what colors.

I’m feeling like knitting something mindless-ish, and have been thinking about EZ’s bog jacket. Somebody did one in 2003. Wendy shows the basic idea of the pattern here. And here is info but without referencing Elizabeth Zimmerman??!?!?! OK, just looked a little closer, maybe because the last one is woven not knit? But that garter pullover in the classic elite pattern book is also calling me…

Some pics from a couple of days of walks…
…zuzu is the obsessive one about the ball…

Behold the Burdock gauntlet…
burdock both sides of the road, for maybe 80 feet?…that stuff in the road toward the bottom is more burdock! The girls are put on a short leash to go through here

Now last year this road was not nearly anything like this…burdock is one of those two year plants, first year a (sometimes ginormous) basal rosette and then in the second year it shoots up and gets all the ‘burs’. This page has some good close-ups of the flowers and fruits and seeds. And talks about its edibility (aka ‘gobo root’)-though he doesn’t emphasize that you should not eat the leaves! Ack, I just scrolled down, he’s even selling burdock t-shirts…guess it takes all kinds!

Today DS and I took the girls to the arboretum (also here). I sometimes volunteer there, lead school groups around, train the other volunteers, that sort of thing. It’s a reasonably interesting place, used to be the farm for the hospital. So a hundred plus years ago there were few trees. But there was a

piggery-this is remnants of a large barn

Did you see Spirited Away? I tell the kids it must’ve sounded like all the pigs in that movie. The boars were on the bottom level (thus the metal rods), sows and piglets on 2nd floor, feed on 3rd. It burned. Was rebuilt. Burned. Was rebuilt. Burned. And I guess then they decided not to rebuild. One kid asked once what happened to all the pigs. Hmmm, how do you approach the tough questions? I went with honesty (and brevity).

Here’s a shot of the hosta path,
gotta keep the dogs leashed here, notice the taut leashes-a mole had just scampered across the path!

Just a few of the bazillion kinds they have there,

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    Mel said,

    August 22, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    Hmmm, I may have to take David there someday, have thought about visiting for a long time. I’m not sure if the SWOAM offices are still next door there, but my grandmother was President of the association back in the early ’80′s and published their newsletter for several years. I even contributed an article or two as a tween.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    Hey – I like the bog sweater the lady did in the blues – that’s cool.

    And thanks for the shot of the Arboretum – Dean and I took Natalie there last fall – like Oct. Nov., maybe even into winter. Hadn’t occured to me that an aboretum might be more interesting when it’s actually warm enough for things to GROW. Ayuh.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 12:16 am

    P.S. Love the Potter socks!!

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    Emily said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    Wow, that was a quick knit. Was it fingering weight? Very nice!

    Lovely walk. We have Powell Gardens near us, but admission isn’t free so we never go.

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    Sue said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    I love the hosta garden! When I first saw it I couldn’t quite believe that all the names were for real. Also, it was the trigger for a revelation: “Elvis” and “Lives” are anagrams of each other. Spiffy, no?

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    valentina said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    Those are such cool socks!I wish I had them,or I wish I could make them:)

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    Julie said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

    Great socks!

    Thanks for the virtual walk :) Great pictures.

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    elizabeth said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    I love the garter stitch pullover too, especially the shoulder accents. Spirited Away was a bit dark for a children’s movie (kinda like Grimm’s Fairy Tales v. Disney) but my son and I really liked it. That reminds me – I need to finish my son’s short socks! (bright bright green – maybe I should wear sunglasses).

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    Chris said,

    August 23, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    Those socks are great!! I can’t believe your stripes lined up without any special effort…. Lucky you!

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    MollyBee said,

    August 24, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    Love your blog! Stumbled on it from a ring. Your pooches look like sweeties. I had one that looked just like it growing up up in The County. We never did decide whether it was part standard poodle, a portugese water dog or some kind of a Welsh Terrier. She was the best though!

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