Sunday, April 01, 2007

A trinity of socks

The third red Claudia Hand Painted sock is done. (Color: Chocolate Cherry.) Finished on Saturday, March 24th. All three have been washed. Twice. So, here's what we have.

Socks that still look like they came from three really different dye lots. The washing didn't make any difference in the socks. They bled dye equally--and lots of it.

Remind me to wash these puppies by themselves.

It's frustrating. I really love this yarn. Initially I found it very slippery--the knitting equivalent of trying to catch a greased pig. But I got used to handling it and I absolutely love the feel of the fabric it creates. However, the color thing really does bug me. Why use dye lot numbers when there are these kind of differences.

So, what do you think? Where's my pair? A & B? B & C? A & C??? D & E????? ;-)

OK, on to the next projects...

I've started working on the RPM sock again (sorry, no pictures this time) as well as a new sock.

The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, custom dyed for Purl. A birthday gift (along with a gorgeous set of ebony Lantern Moon DPNs) from sadly blogless Elsie. The pattern is a free download from Mossy Cottage. I started a sock on the DPNs, but I need smaller needles to get gauge.

Cannon Update--Good News, Bad News...

Bad news. In early March we received the proper paperwork from the state for the relinquishment of the gun. It was just a matter of time before it came through. The Arsenal has been notified, and the gun is ready to go. Now the museum needs to arrange to pick up the gun.

Good news? A couple of weeks ago, Jim sent out a mailing to the Vermont state legislators with information to counter the lies inaccuracies that have been stated and published about the gun situation. As a result, he received a call from one of the state senators asking him to attend (via conference call) a meeting of the Vermont State Senate Appropriations Committee. We thought that they might offer us some funding to help replace the gun. Well, it turns out that they don't have any money to offer us towards another gun, nor do they have money to maintain this gun. So they've decided to let us keep the gun. Yes, the napoleon. Evelyn. Just like that. There's quite a bit more too it, but basically they feel that the gun should stay in our care so long as our unit remains together and active.

Bad news? You knew it couldn't just end there. The head of the VVMML Board has demanded an opportunity to speak before the appropriations committee. I guess he's not ready to give up the fight. (Not really surprising, considering his tactics in this.) The meeting is set for April 10th and Jim will call in to this meeting again. Will this change anything? Who knows. Hopefully this guy will just shoot himself in the foot for the last time.

If you've stayed with me this long through the non-knitting content of the post, thank you! And here's a picture of Great South Bay. Summer's coming!


Carole Knits said...

I think B & C make the best combo. Great news about the cannon now let's just hope this idiot doesn't make the senators change their minds.

Anonymous said...

I like A & B together...

Love that Purl yarn! Yum!

Sooner or later that jackass is going to run out of feet...just hang tight and imagine the fun that karma will have with him someday ;o)

Dusa said... the first photo I liked the top and bottom socks together. In the second sock photo, I'd go B and C. But I'd definitely wash A again - you might get a closer match for the spare sock!