One of the Mollys had her baby! Rowan Asher Haywood O'Neill was born yesterday at 11:28 A.M., weighing in at an impressive ten and a half pounds. Molly had said child with no drugs, and this along with so many other things makes her a rock star. Mama Molly and Mama Ash are both knitters and they say that this had no bearing on their choice of a name for their son, but I'm not sure I believe them. In any case, a baby named Rowan must be featured on a blog about knitting. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, Rowan is a fancy brand of yarn made in Holmfirth, England.
While the my girls in Portland were welcoming Rowan, I was in Perryville, MD over the weekend visiting my Oberlin roommate, Megan. We were roommates in the dorm both freshperson and sophomore years and then we shared a house with Ashley and two other gals junior year. We are very different, yet we managed to get along swimmingly for all of that time. We still do. She is a real grownup now with a big house and a husband and she can cook a whole delicious meal without screwing it up. I forgot to take a picture of us, but maybe Megan come to the confederacy to visit me one of these days and I can get a picture then. Her husband, Dave introduced me to a new beer called Purple Haze. It's a raspberry wheat brew made by the Abita Beer company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. It's got a mild raspberry flavor which I usually don't care for, but this one is very tasty. The best thing about it is that it's distributed in Richmond and you can get it at Kroger.
I had a rare normal weekend this week (Saturday and Sunday off!) and after work on Friday afternoon I went to Unraveled and picked up Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. I then went to Ben Franklin to get the circulars and some Lion Brand Magic Stripes. Cat says to get Addi Turbos, but I didn't want to invest in the fancy needles before I knew if I liked the method so I picked up two pairs of #3 Takumi Bamboo needles and they are working just fine. Maybe it's all of the time I spend in Target, or the fact that the most expensive pair of shoes I own are a pair of full priced ($109) Danskos, but I do not understand the obsession with fancy yarn and fancy needles. I'm not advocating spending a lot of time with squeaky acrylic, but I love Lion Brand Magic Stripes. The stripes are very pretty, it's 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, and it's only $6.99. You also only need one ball for a pair of socks, not two. After my experience with the Koigu, I'm all for Magic Stripes. I'm also all for knitting socks on two circulars. Like everyone says, it's much easier, much faster, and there are fewer spots where the stitches get all stretched out and weird. I'm glad I started doing socks the old fashioned way because the two circular method would be hard to learn with out that frame of reference, but there really is no going back to DPN's.