A Thing of Beauty

Sauvie Island

What a weekend for the humble sock! Last weekend, Doug and I ventured to Portland, Oregon to attend the second Sock Summit and visit friends. Our farmer friend Caitlyn took us to Sauvie Island where we swam in the Columbia and ran into the wheat fields.

Columbia River

The lovely Leethal put us up for the evening and we had a great time getting accidentally drunk on delicious Hair of the Dog beers. A highlight of the weekend was meeting her super plush and adorably named cat BANZO, which is short for Garbanzo. We also spent some time hanging out with some urban goats that were hired to mow a lot downtown.

Goat Mowers 

Lee and I are both in the issue of Twist Collective that just went live! Lee designed a pair of hats  and I contributed a pair of knee-high socks (they’re FREE, btw). They are knit with Miss Babs Northumbria, a DK weight Blue Faced Leicester that is treated to be superwash. I absolutely adore working with BFL, it is so soft and so well-behaved. It was perfect for a pair of warm, cozy socks, and the heavier weight means you can knit these in the last few weeks of summer and have them ready for your favorite fall boots. 

The colors I’m knitting tend to creep into my life, and this time was no exception. Wheaten, a soft yellow, showed up in my wardrobe…

Endymion in Progress

…and in what I was watching. As I slogged through the second sock (I’m NOT a natural sock knitter) I watched Jane Campion’s “Bright Star" a second time. If you haven’t seen this film yet, DO. The costumes and color palette are sublime, and needlework plays a major role. These practical but beautiful beaded socks are just the sort of thing I can imagine Fanny Brice wearing as she lolls around the house reading letters from her love, John Keats. I borrowed the title of Keats’ poem “Endymion,” which opens with the line “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness…”

Indeed…

CR

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