Posted in Book stash, Books, Knitting, Project planning, Reading, Technique, Yarn stash

Been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time

This Led Zeppelin moment brought to you by… YouTube

Of course, it’s my blog that was lonely, not you all. You went about your days in ordinary fashion, never even noticing the eight-month absence here. Which is perfectly fine. I don’t really expect anyone to actually pay attention to my ramblings. It’s one of the reasons I feel only marginally guilty when I don’t post for weeks and months at a time.

But I finally found some time to catch you up, the three of you who still read this thing. 🙂

Since we last met, I made two shawls:

The Reyna

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and Arroyo;100_5067 (2)

And one hooded cardigan, the Lochlan.
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I performed in two plays:

The Vagina Monologues
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and A Round-Heeled Woman.
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I read all of 34 books and portions of eight others. Three of those are “did not finish” and five are still being worked on.

And I just got home from Stitches United in Atlanta, with lots of new goodies.
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At Stitches, I took some great classes, learned how to customize a pattern’s fit to suit me, tackled brioche stitch and Irish crochet, won a door prize, made two new friends, and (as you can see above) went a little crazy in the Marketplace. I had an absolutely fabulous time, and came home inspired and ready to tackle some new challenges.

This summer will include taking a dance class, learning an Irish accent, surgery (nothing major), and traveling to California for my 40-year high school reunion. My intention is to be a little more present around here, post a little more frequently. You know what they say about intentions.

Drop me a note in the comments and let me know you’re still here too!

Posted in Finished object, FO Fridays, Knitting

Freshly Finished: Out of My Head Shawlette

100_4988 (2)Once upon a time I was not a shawl person. That changed. Behold the latest finished shoulder warmer:

Pattern:  Out of My Head Shawlette by Mona Mono

Yarn:  Cherry Tree Hill Broad Band Supersock Silk in African Grey, 354 yds; Cascade Heritage Sock in Real Black, 132 yds

Needles:  Addi Turbo Lace, US Size 6

Satisfaction with end product:  LOVE!  It’s colorful and lightweight and so versatile.

I’d been holding onto that Cherry Tree Hill yarn for a while, waiting for just the right inspiration.  The Out of My Head pattern was exactly suited to my internal vision for this yarn.  Because I wanted to use every single yard, I kept knitting in 100_4989 (2)stockinette with the established increases long after the pattern called for beginning the lace.  Once I reached the last color change, then I started the lace edging.  The Cherry Tree ran out about halfway through the lace; I was expecting that and pulled out some leftover Heritage Sock to finish up the edging and bind off.  I think it worked out just fabulously.  The extra knitting  made the finished shawl an extremely long crescent shape, one that can be wrapped around me completely and tied in the back for an effortlessly wearable colorful accessory that also keeps my shoulders warm in an overly air-conditioned office.

You can find my Ravelry project page here, with lots of other pictures.

Posted in Crochet, Finished object

I am not a shawl person. But I play one on TV.

Okay, I don't play one on TV.  I've been on television, yes, but that was a very long time ago and no one in the world remembers it but me.  And I wasn't wearing a shawl at the time.  I was wearing a 4-H uniform.

However, I made a shawl.  As a gift.  Because I'm not a shawl person, as you can plainly see from the pictures below:

Not a Seashore Shawl #1

Not a Seashore Shawl #4

The pattern:  Seashore Shawl by Drew Emborsky
The yarn:  Patons Brilliant in Beautiful Burgundy, three skeins (498 yds total)
Satisfaction with end product:  I think it's pretty.  My main concern is that its recipient likes it (mailed it off today).

This pattern is easy and quick to stitch.  I think it took me 4 or 5 evenings of watching TV, plus another day to pin it out and block it.  The finished piece is smaller than the pattern exemplar simply by virtue of the sportweight acrylic/nylon yarn I used versus the worsted weight silk/rayon/linen yarn used for the original.  I probably could have blocked it out wider and killed the yarn to maintain the blocking, but I liked the elasticity of the finished piece. 

As for my other projects, I finished all the squares for the baby blanket and all the strips for the afghan referenced in this entry.  The squares need blocking; the strips have all been blocked and are now my sitting-on-the-sofa-and-seaming-while-watching-television project.  I also picked up spouse's wayward Treads socks again, fixed their problem, and am proceeding apace toward the toe.

In magazine news, I'm still waiting for Crochet Today! to put up the preview for the May/June 2009 issue I received last week.  In the meantime, the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting landed in my mailbox a couple of days ago.  Give me another two or three days to go through it thoroughly and then I'll post a review.

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