Nine Flags In Our Hearts
Charleston has been mourning the loss of the nine firefighters in the furniture store fire last week. There was a memorial service Friday, and the last of the funerals was today. Even though I live nearby, I've avoided driving by the site of the tragedy, but I did so for the first time on Sunday.
It was horrible to actually see the burned out building. Even though I've seen photos, the destruction still took me by surprise, but it was moving to see all of the flowers and memorials to the men. Many of the fire trucks still have black drapes, and it chills me to the bone when I see them drive by.
Here's the memorial at the fire station on Daniel Island. I've always loved that statue. It would make me smile. Now, I'll remember too.
Many of the memorials around town are simply of nine American flags, either in a row or a circle. Those are the ones that have spoken to me the most, and will be with me long after they are taken up or have faded away.
SOS '07 Update
The Summer of Socks 2007 K/CAL started last week and even though I haven't been knitting much at all, I'm enjoying my blog reading duties, and I have a report to put together soon.
Even though this photo is totally staged. I had previously lost my balance and fell into the water a few minutes before this photo was taken, but no yarn was harmed in the making of it.
I like it because it says everything about what summer sock knitting should be.
I wanted to go simple for my first SOS '07 sock. Here's what my sock looks like now. I haven't worked on her since Saturday, but I should be finished soon. I love the colors of this OnLine Yarn. It's as bright and loud and cheery as the sun. So these will be my Sunshine Socks.
I'm also nearly done with my second Meida sock. I'm so pleased with how it's turning out, and although it doesn't count for SOS, it'll be finished soon. I think of it as more of a Spoleto sock anyway.
Just For Me!
Last week, I received my June Socks that Rock kit (spoilage alert!!), and I gasped when I saw the yarn. It's such a perfect summer colorway for summer. My LYS buddies said that it looks like it was dyed just for me! Again, the word Veraesque comes to mind.
I think it's not only the prettiest yarn for this year's club so far, but I don't think there be one to beat it for the rest of the year! I will order more when BMFA puts it out on its site for Club members.
Views From the Water
I had a nice weekend even though Patrick was away visiting family. Saturday, I hung out with the girls at the LYS. I have to throw in this photo of Tina modeling a nose she made as a gag gift for his boss.
Sunday, several us went out on Tina and her husband, Jimmy's boat. Jimmy was a gracious captain, and we tooled around, saw the sites, and went to a cookout. The temperature was well into the 90's, but it was a beautiful day, and if you live here, you just have to accept the heat and humdity.
It was great to be out on the water.
I never get tired of looking at the beautiful battery homes.
and, for some odd reason, container ships. There was a tugboat waiting to escort it into the harbor. I can watch tugs and ships for hours on end.
I didn't get any photos of the groups of dolphins we saw, but I love this sunset behind Fort Sumter.
It makes me glad to be a Charlestonian. I love living here.
Coming This Fall to a Shoulder On Me...
This bag is THE HOTNESS!!! It's just too sexy for itself, and I must have it--and in the Punch Bloom fabric.
My LYS has placed it on order.