Monday, January 26, 2009
The lower body of Amelia is finished and I'm working on the first sleeve which seems to be taking as long as the body. I love the Miss Babs yarn I'm using but haven't had time during the day to get a picture.
Anyway, I just caught a newslcip of the ceremony in Danville welcoming home Capt. Sully. He ended what appeared to be a very brief speech with these words...
"I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you, we were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do."
True humility from a true hero.
Friday, January 16, 2009
While the rest of the nation is freeeeeezing (I can't believe some of your posts!), we have been experiencing unseasonably high temperatures and, well, you just can't knit with wool when you're sweating... so that leaves me with my sister's lovely sea silk shawl. Luckily, the luxury of sea silk will not be impaired by any weather.
So how hot is it here?
See that lonely 83 over one the far left? I would be in that general vicinity.
So it's obviously either my selfish knitting... or Southern California refuses to give up on global warming.
I'm pretty sure I know the reason, but I'm gonna lie low for a bit just in case.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I ordered the Sea Silk about a month before Christmas in the color closest to a true gold I could find, but knew I really needed her approval on the color because I wanted her to love the finished product (and am totally lacking in the confidence to make such decisions myself). But I was dying to get started. I almost wound the yarn and started one shawl or another at least a dozen separate times... but patience won out (which just may be a first) and I waited. For Christmas I simply wrapped up the yarn and explained my intentions.
Well, she loved the yarn so I dragged her to the computer to show her a few patterns that I had picked out as possible alternatives... and she chose the Flower Basket pattern (which was just what I was hoping she'd choose). I then had to order the pattern... wait for it to arrive... at which point I cast on with fingers that had been simply itching to get started for over a month.
And now... I get to share my progress!!
Amelia from the most recent Knitty (which has several great patterns btw) using Miss Babs Yowza in Obsidian (from their post-Holiday sale... great yarn!). And...
the beginnings of a Noro Silk Garden Clapotis. (I'm thinking nobody needs a link for that one.)
So, uh, yeah... that about does it. The story of my life.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Well, the first decision was easy because I've promised my sister a golden silk shawl so today I cast on for Evelyn Clark's popular Flower Basket Shawl in some Handmaiden Sea Silk in the "Straw" colorway.
And... from the WIP collection (which would most likely be completely forgotten if not for Ravelry), I've pulled out the Debbie Bliss Grace cardigan that I started almost a year ago.
I actually was pretty enthusiastic about getting back to work on this as I really adore the sweater. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm wore off after about a half-dozen rows. It's possible that I'm just a bit cabled out at the moment... or it could be that it appears that I bound off the armholes an inch or so too soon (don't remember why... or if there was a why... it was most likely more of a whoops). It also seems that it will not be a loose fit like it should. Could it be that I never checked my gauge? More than likely. But Cashmerino should stretch like crazy with blocking so I could take a deep breath of hope and ignore the sizing issues and just proceed with a few dozen more hours of cabling. I could...
Or, I could hide it in the back of the linen closet again until I get in another cabling mood... or find another pattern for the yarn. I guess I'll think about it tomorrow... I'll just tuck it in the linen closet for safe keeping until I decide.