July 12, 2005

Into Shape

It's been busy times around here, but with good reason.

My kid sister was in town for the weekend. [She's not so much a kid anymore... she's 25 and married!] She hadn't been to Washington since 2002, and that was in the middle of a snowstorm. So we had a lot of ground to cover, particularly the ground at Arlington National Cemetery. She's wanted to go to Arlington since I moved here 7 years ago, and freak events [hurricanes, snowstorms, terrorist attacks] have conspired against her. This time, we braved the 90+ degree weather and spent a morning there. We even hiked to the high point, the Custis-Lee House.

this taken from the Kennedy gravesite

[The flag is at half-staff out of respect for the London victims.]

And we were rewarded with a great view of Washington. I love the way Washington has such a flat anti-skyline, dominated by the Monument:

flat, wide, inspiring

And we did lots of other things too, like shopping in Georgetown, and scampering along the Billy Goat Trail, and eating lots of good food, and seeing the penguins.... It was a great visit. I was sad to see her go.

So, not too much knitting to report, since I was a gal about town. So over the past couple of days I've taken it easy and knitted on the front of the tank. Look, shaping!


I'm about 10 rows shy of the armholes and the v-neck shaping, so I hope that I will be able to finish this soon. The microfiber ribbon is really a dream to knit with - it's very silky and glides over my fingers. And it has excellent stitch definition:

fantastic shimmery sheen

I think there's a trip to a craft store in my future, to get some fabric glue to hide the ends. Soon, I think, a finished tank!

Posted by Ann at July 12, 2005 06:31 AM

Besides the heat and humidity of our region, it sounds like you had a wonderful day with your sister! The pics of Arlington are very nice. I was there a few years ago, and it really is beautiful. ... and Anthropologie is amazing. Did you get anything?

Your tank looks wonderful--I love the sheen of that yarn!

Posted by: Lolly at July 12, 2005 08:16 AM

Glad you're enjoying knitting with that ribbon and I can't wait to see the finished tank!

Thanks for the tip about the Billy Goat Trail. I just emailed the link to BF as I want to check it out, too.

What'd you think of the penguin movie? I really want to see that, too.

Posted by: Rossana at July 12, 2005 08:30 AM

Oh man I love that Jaleo place! I only went there once in 2001, but the Mojitos...let's just say it was a miracle I made it back to my hotel and to the training session the next day. :)

Posted by: Heidi at July 12, 2005 03:09 PM

The last picture in your post is cool. You can really see the stitches ... sweet :) Oh, I meant to tell you that I met your co-worker when he dropped his son off at camp. For some reason he didn't think that we were still in touch. Who knows what that was about ... Anyway, the tank looks great and I'm so happy to hear about your seestah's visit going well!

Posted by: Erin at July 12, 2005 05:13 PM

That tank looks great. The colors are subtle but nice. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Posted by: Allison at July 13, 2005 02:42 PM

Looks like a fun trip. . . and love the close-up tank shot.

Posted by: Lori-Ann at July 14, 2005 11:22 AM

That last photo is stunning, the yarn looks so pretty and the stitches so perfect!

Posted by: Jo at July 18, 2005 07:36 PM

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