Four grown kids, five delightful grandchildren, constant, long-time partner. A retired academic, I'm adapting to life in a Vancouver condo after decades in a waterfront home on a very small (Canadian) West Coast island. Keen to discover what new priorities emerge, what interests persist, in this urban life after 60!
We're at the start of Reading Break now, and just in time! Besides running a Half Marathon last weekend, I've had a number of smaller commitments that have added up to fatigue (went to bed Wednesday night at 9, slept through 'til almost 7!). As might be expected, the Break is already scheduled with all those faculty, department, and committee meetings that can't be fit in during teaching days. And, of course, I've brought home stacks of marking, and I have to hunker down and reread the two novels I'll be teaching when classes resume. But no huge expenditures of adrenaline in the next week. Such a relief.
A similar kind of relief, in fact, to what I take from knitting stocking stitch. I've got several more complicated knitting projects on the backburner (colourwork mittens, a lace scarf), and I'm finally coming down the homestretch on seaming my dress. But for knitting in the evenings while watching a favourite TV series on DVD, nothing beats watching a Noro colourway reveal itself in alternate stripes against a complementary solid. This is the back of a V-neck sweater I'm making myself -- it's somewhat darker, more purpley than it looks on the screen. . .
The three photos below picture the Front and Back of a V-neck Vest I'm making for Pater. Below, you can see the front, on the left, with right (as in outside) side facing. I was actually tempted to seam it up with the more muted wrong side showing (as you see on the right, below).
But Pater's more comfortable keeping the right side on the right side, and he'd be the one wearing it so that's what he'll get.
Still, I'm planning to make a few more for the other guys in the family, and if any of them are willing to be a bit more experimental, I really think the muted texture of the reverse stockinette is quite effective. What do you think?
Now I'm off to check train schedules for getting from Amsterdam to Paris in May . . . wonder what I'll be knitting while looking out that train window. . .