(these pics are just a short distance to the left of this pic.)
(yarn: trekking XXL. knit toe-up over 60 sts.)
The pics: yesterday morning on the way to work. I couldn't help but stop down at the lake by the boat ramp for a minute or two in the early morning sunshine, despite my already being late, and am so very glad I did, as it clouded over completely soon after.
The socks: knit, with gratitude, for a friend who helped us out considerably last year:
After C's surgeries, to help defray the costs of our medical bills and to get us through the lean months while he was in recovery, she held a raffle for a piece of his furniture.
(cherry buffet/dry bar, with local slate panels and top.)
She is a friendly and kind neighbor, too, lives on our road, and she is our realtor, an energetic and astute business woman.
While C was still in the hospital, the spec house that he designed and built sold. The timing couldn't have been better. We returned home from the hospital with a great financial burden lifted from our shoulders, and it was good to know someone would now be living in and appreciating this beautiful space, making it their own.
(a neighbor's hayfield, with prescribed burns on national forest land in the background. we buy our beef from them.)
So much has happened in the year or so since.
I could never, in all my life, return all the help we received from others, but I'll do what i can,
and I can knit, at least for a few key folks.
This week, that guy of mine is off on a hunting trip, hiking and riding his horse, high up in the mountains.
I sent him with a camera (although he's not much for using one), told him to take some pictures, to be careful, to have a great time, and asked him to bring home some cowboy poetry, if not meat.
The freezer is already filled with the fresh, local meat of a whitetail buck, as organic and free-ranged as it gets.
An elk would mean we could get through the year without buying any meat (aside from a little bacon now and again) with more than plenty to share meals with others.
Next week, at least, I'll have pictures of his to share.