Well, my husband and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. 40!?!?!?! Not quite sure how that happened. Anyway, we spent a week in Vegas, did a lot of walking, and saw a lot of really great shows. And now it is 5 weeks till Christmas! I've done a fair amount of knitting, both machine and hand. With hand-knitting I'm still on my lace kick. As for the machine, socks are on there now, as they are real quick Christmas gifts. I did knit a shawl for my daughter's birthday at the end of October. It is a take-off on the Summit Shawl. Not the best picture, but here it is.
It's just that I forget to record it here. I am busy preparing for the Creative Festival in Toronto, so time is at a premium. Here is a close-up of the "Summit" shawl,that I will be teaching in the "Lace on the Machine" class.
Well, I'm quite pleased. This really is a great pattern to start with, as the pattern repeats are separated by purl stitches on the right side. I'm not sure I totally like the edging, but it sure looks great blocked. I knit it in Hand Maiden Cashmere and Silk for my SIL who is dealing with some serious health issues. She'll be getting it shortly.
My grandson was soo disappointed that we couldn't bring her home on our first visit, he asked if I could knit him a kitten. And he wanted it to look like "Fluffy". I remembered a crochet pattern I had from Annie's Attic, called "granny's comin'".
Although I have to admit, I'm not knitting as much at the moment, it just seems that time flies by, and months have passed since I last posted. Well, the Conifer Shawl is done and blocked. I'm pretty proud of it. Even though I found out about the errata after I had finished that section, and chose not to take it back. So today, I share the picture of the blocked shawl, in all it's glory.
And not too soon. I would not have been able to knit during the hockey game today. That was an amazing game, with two absolutely terrific teams. It's too bad someone has to "lose", although I don't consider a silver medal a loss. Wow! Am I proud to be a Canadian today! I'm planning on relaxing and enjoying the closing ceremonies tonight.
Spectacular! Knitting not so good! I managed to get started, but when I looked at it this morning, I realized one of the cable crosses goes the wrong way, so it will be ripped back to below the cable. GO CANADA GO!!!
Wow, it's finally here! And I am ready. I've reserved my place on the couch, and the remote, for the next two weeks. And the new flat screen TV was set up last night, so I get to watch the Olympic 2010 experience in HD! How lucky can you get!!! My project is ready to go. I'll cast on when the opening ceremony begins - well I'll cast on during a commercial break, since I don't want to miss a single minute. I was there, when the torch came through our town, and I was soooooo moved. As for my project, I've decided to try to knit a lace shawl, my first one. The pattern is in the winter/spring 2010 issue of Knitscene, and is called "Conifer Shawl" by Kate Gagnon Osborn. I have a beautiful Organic Wool (hand dyed) from Fleece Artist, in a wonderful greenish-blue colour. I've got a brand new circular needle, already uncoiled in a hot water bath, the pattern graphs have been enlarged, and I bought a brand new row counter, too. Yes, my basket has some basic supplies - scissors, needles, tape measure, snacks, and the tissues for all those emotional moments I know I'm going to have. GO! CANADA! GO!
PS: I have a back-up shawl project, just in case this one proves too difficult during the games, or, heaven forbid, I get bored with this one. I'll fill you in on the back-up project tomorrow.
I've been working away at the top down sweater, passed the fair isle section, and on to the lace at the bottom. It is working out the way I imagined. The weather has warmed up quite nicely, so not always comfortable to be knitting on this warm garment, that has gotten to be a good size in my lap.
I really do love knitting socks. They're relatively quick, I can try out new patterns, I love working with hand painted yarns, and they're so portable. I have a couple of grandchildren, that have asked me to knit socks for them. One of them just had a birthday on the first of January, and she asked for socks. So I knit knee-highs, such a good choice considering the cold weather we've been having. I used a handpainted yarn from my friend Liz.
Just great to work with, and feels lovely and soft after washing. The pattern is from the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary called foliage lace, which I ran up the front and the back of the sock. Really pleased with the result.
Well, this is an adventure. I used Cabin Fever's Book, Button Up Your Top Down, as a guide, but I wanted a pullover. This yarn, Chamonix by Jaeger, has angora in it, and sheds like crazy, so I thought a pullover might be a good idea. The cable came from Fiona Ellis's book Inspired Cable Knits, with a little modification so that it has a great beginning at the neckline.
Well, we made it to Florida, only to find that it's cold. We went biking today with jackets and gloves on, and I was freezing. Oh well! It is good knitting weather. I started a top down sweater on the drive down, ripped it back three times, but am well under way now. I'm working in worsted weight, not my usual, and am creating as I go along. I'll try posting a picture of my work in progress tomorrow. Also knitting kids socks. I love working on kids socks. I get to work with bright colours, play with patterns, and they're small, so they go quick. We're getting a lot of rest.