Articles in the scarves Category
A few weeks ago I taggged along on a business trip to LA while The Husband was speaking at UCLA. While I was packing the night before we left, I realized in horror that I had nothing on the needles to take along to knit. Well, I DO have a pair of socks, but ugh, they are not singing to me. I scrounged around in the stash and dug up some Sereknity Sock Options Good Harbor in the colourway Winter of my Discontent. I’d bought this yarn at SPA last …
(Thanks Elinor, for letting us all poach this great mosaic)
I had the good fortune of going to Philadelphia a couple weekends ago to hang with an amazing crew of women that I've known online for ages. Some I knew better than others, but safe to say that they're all much much closer now. We knit, joked, laughed, snarked and gossiped our way through 3 days. I sincerely wish I'd had the gumption to organize something like this myself a lot sooner. Note to self: don't wait for someone else, just …
Last May, the Husband and I flew up to Boston for a vacation. At the time we had no inkling that we would move here 6 months later, so we tried to make the most of the week. Like with any trip, I wanted to hook up with some knitters and have a social evening getting to know people that I’d only known previously online. Elisa was one of those knitters. She’s funny, sweet and dude! she gave me handspun yarn. Definitely a kindred spirit. I wish she hadn’t moved …
Husband Sweater #2 is off the needles and blocking slowly in the guest room. The Husband is impatient to wear it and I’m impatient to get some finished object photos. Sadly we’re both going to have to wait until Saturday morning when there’s some decent daylight (and when the effin’ thing is finally dry.)
In the meantime, I’ve kept myself busy knitting up a quick Alpaca Neckwarmer. I think this one took longer to block than it did to knit. Speedy! A proper modeled shot will have to wait until Saturday …
I realized today that I haven’t had a knitting FO since May. Time to fix that.
The Project Details
Pattern: Hanami Stole by Melanie Gibbons, Pink Lemon Twist
Yarn: 2 skeins of Handmaiden Seasilk in Ebony bought on eBay. I wish I’d had the option to buy this in person as the two skeins are different colours. The basketweave section has a pale pink running through it and the blossoms ended up with more orange than pink. If I’d noticed it sooner, I would have knit them with opposite skeins.
Needles: Size 4 US …
You’d think that with all the airplane knitting time I had last month that I’d have made faster progress on Hanami. Throw in a weekend knitting retreat and it should be blocking right now, right? Yeah. Well. Not so much. I purposely put Hanami in the checked luggage to force myself to finish a much-delayed sock. The damn sock is still on the needles, but I have a full sudoku book. As for the knitting retreat, I made better progress on my liver degeneration than I did on Hanami.
The Hanami stole appealed to me for a few reasons, the primary being it’s not a static pattern. Because it’s asymmetrical, the charts change and you’re rarely knitting the same thing twice. You knit through a chart and you’re on to a different one. There’s no time to get bored. The exception in this pattern is the basketweave section at the beginning. It’s a 32 row chart, repeated 7 times. I just finished the 5th and I’m at that stage where I start to bargain with myself. What would happen …
For a moment I had thought once the bathroom was finished the house remodel work would be done. Really though, is work on an older house EVER really finished?
One of the last next projects is the floor in the patio room. The previous owners didn’t tile under their crap built-ins (and how could they? Cute little mice had made nests there. Sheesh!) so that leaves me to repair their atrocities.
This morning I will set the tiles
so I can grout when we return from Vegas. (Vegas baby!) I’m motivated to …
I’ll try to let the pictures do most of the talking.
The Project Details
Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark, Interweave Knits, Fall 2006
Yarn: Tilli Tomas Fil de la Mer
in Atmosphere. 60% silk, 40% Seacell. 3 skeins. I won’t use this yarn
again. I love the feel, the drape and the sheen, but each of the three
skeins had at least one knot and one skein had three. Considering that
Tilli Tomas is a self-proclaimed luxury yarn I hoped that their
standards would have been higher. Next time I’ll try Handmaiden’s
Needles: Size 5 US …