i just want to pay a little homage to some people today. one is to my ex-aunty-in-law (in other words, my ex’s aunty), who passed away over night. she was diagnosed with cancer before christmas, was put on morphine last week, and passed into a coma yesterday. she died at 2am this morning.
she was always so good to me, her and her husband and their children (t’s cousins) welcomed me into their family and even when we split, they stayed open and welcoming to me. this is more than i can say for other parts of the ex-in law family and sadly, its a lot more than i can say for my own family. my dads sisters made a big deal about me being ‘discovered’ again a few years ago (as did my dad) but now im lucky to get a birthday card, from any of them (father included). family is hard work, and im not good at it, ive been without it for so long, so im sure its partly my fault. it meant a lot to me though, that aunty j and her daughters were so nice to me, and it was lovely to see t find a family again as well, after so long in the wilderness. i spent christmas with them this year and aunty j was determined that we all get our photos taken with her, me included, and it was obvious she knew she wouldnt see another christmas. i felt really blessed to be part of that huge gathering on christmas day. it was hilarious and heart warming to see her perch her tiny little frame on a chair and command the people around her. i hope she rests in peace, i know a few will be lost without her.
the other homage is to my favourite knitted sock designer, whose new book arrived this morning, not more than an hour after we heard about aunty j. j always admired my knitting, so i dont think she would mind sharing a post with the likes of cookie a.
i say she’s my favourite, because as much as i love nancy bush and her timeless elegance, it’s cookie’s socks i look to for inspiration. i thought her first book, sock innovation, tried a bit too hard. too many complicated patterns, and not always the best choices of yarns. but this book is different. it breaks up the patterns into design ‘types’, columns:
and its definitely the diagonals im most drawn to. my favourite knitted socks EVER, are diagonals, kai meis, from sock innovation, and the first pair im going to make out of this book are ‘thelonious’ which are kind of similiar:
the other ones i really like in this section are ‘pointelle’
and ‘in and out’
you can see that theme of those bands coming across the top of the foot, there is just something about that little trick i love. there are plenty of others in this book i want to knit as well, including some i have seen published before, but even if there werent heaps of great patterns, there is plenty about this book to love. the older patterns have been updated with new sizes and more charts and there are detailed schematics for each sock. the sizing options are a real treat, as is the book itself. its big, clearly set out, glossy, and well designed, and complemented by the most amazing photography. there is a lot to look forward to in this book, but for now i must finish hederas:
which are moving ever so slowly, partly because i was seduced by some tarty french alpaca. and also because its been so damn hot. tell me about it, i hear the collective wail. nearly too hot to knit at all. nearly too hot for flyball too. but being the tough sports people we are (snort) me and possum in one team, and trent and jem in another team, ran in the heat in canberra on the weekend. i am very pleased to report that possum and my team, ‘muddys’, came first in division one, losing only one race along the way. we werent racing our top competition, and we ran a bit slower than usual, but we made hardly any mistakes all day, and it was a great feeling, to get our groove happening, and to get our hands (or noses) on a trophy finally!
my final hommage is to trent, who has been running possum the last few years while jem was on hiatus, but now jem’s running again i get possum back, and it was weird to be in a team without trent. but we wouldnt have won it without him, because hes the one who’s done most of possum’s flyball training, and he’s the one who’s taught the team its tricks. thank trent, but this time, its me and my girl’s trophy!
and winning (just for a change!) is kind of sweet.