Isn't that gorgeous?
That will be my Fourth of July Sock. Probably at some point in late Summer/early Fall, but it'll still be my Fourth of July Sock because I purchased it this weekend on a little jaunt down to Wickford with the always fun and interesting Grumperina (I enjoy referring to her by her blog name because...well...it's just charming and it's a built-in nickname!).
Before I go on, I have to say that we caught a matinee of Batman Begins and it was...INCREDIBLE. SO good. So, SO good.
It was SO good, that I didn't even have the urge to pull out a sock for theater knitting. I was completely engrossed. However, I will probably see it a second time and will make an attempt to knit on a sock so I can dub the sock my Batman Sock.
Is this weird?
But, I digress. Let's get back to Saturday's Adventures With Black Olive And Grumperina:
After Batman Begins we headed to Wickford Village -- one of the few places I can take visitors, that seems to have a little something for everyone. We stopped at And The Beadz Go On so Kathy could peruse their offerings and so I could pick up more of that scrumptuous Ultramerino4 (pictured above) and this beautiful hank of mohair blend goodness:
It's put out by a company I'm not familiar with called Mountain Colors and is a Mohair/Wool blend with 9% Nylon. Someone had given a cables workshop and I was able to fondle a cabled sock made with this stuff and all I have to say is "YUM."
Afterward we headed out for some sushi and then over to Borders to wait for the train back to Boston. In between all of these stops -- at the movie theater outdoor table area, the cafe at Borders and other randon spots -- Grumperina graciously explained the logic behind working the Maths for a garment knitted in the round.
Since I've never actually knitted anything other than socks and mittens in the round, this was most helpful. You can see our copious notes:
Once it was all explained, I was able to work the specifics yesterday and FINALLY cast on for the fabulous Tivoli!
My initial measurements were based on another fitted shirt which fits the way I like. Below is the schematic:
I am also planning on modifying the Tivoli sleeves and using some short-row action to work some cap sleeves.
Hopefully I can figure this out without too much stress.
All I can say is that I am SO happy to finally be knitting something I've been dieing to start and which I might possibly be able to wear before the end of Summer.
There is much more to tell about yarn acquisitions this past week and weekend, sock design swatching and note-taking, my crisis involving a complete lack of knitting for almost a WEEK and my glorious weekend of indulging my whims with good friends. But, I'll pace it out a bit. No need to overwhelm. ;-)
Plus, the sock really does deserve it's own post. Hehehe.