Do you associate a project with an emotional event in your life? Maybe the birth of a grandbaby , the illness of a spouse, graduation of a child?
I dug out a ufo this weekend.
I think this was last seen while waiting for my mom’s heart surgery. Two weeks ago, her SO Joe suffered cardiac arrest. He’s recovering, thank God! But it brought out the garter stitch, stress relief, project once again.
Now that we’re weathered that stressful time and we’ve been through a fantastic event learning “lever” knitting with none other than Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. swoon, laugh, learn — what a great time!
Now, I’m ready to start another life event project…. TWINS! My son and daughter-in-law are due in December. Aren’t they cute! The new superwash sport and 60 baby knits book will be getting a workout.
And I can’t finish this post without a great rasta hat shot!
Before the baby knitting commences, I’m going to knit another short sleeve summer project. I’m leaning toward a knitty.com pattern with Tatamy Tweed DK starting June 1. More to come….
What event knitting do you do or have you done?
Titus – The newest addition to the Young family
This is our new puppy, whom we have christened Titus. Isn’t he adorable? He is very sweet. Except when I am trying to knit. Then he is not so cute. I am constantly trying to re-direct the chewing and putting him outside to do his thing, or pushing him off of me. I finally got the gumption to Kitchener the Bamboo Ewe shawl that has been finished for nearly a month and was seriously wishing I had done it as soon as the shawl was finished. (Pre-puppy in other words.) He was sleeping when I began to graft but of course did not stay that way. I thought I was doing very well, given the circumstances, but when I was maybe 8 stitches from being done, I discovered a stitch that had dropped clear back in the beginning. I got it fastened with a locking stitch marker so it wouldn’t run and when I was done I went back and stitched back up and picked it up when I wove in the end.
Bamboo Ewe Shawl
I defy anyone to find said stitch. I did a very good job of it, if I do say so myself. Now, the join itself is another story. Because of the dropped stitch I can see where I am clearly off in the lace where it joins, but I refuse to take it all out and re-do it. I also thought I was plenty loose, but it sure looks pretty tight now that it’s done. I’m hoping it will even out in the blocking. I did enjoy knitting the shawl. It was a very easy pattern to memorize with only a four row repeat, and the yarn is really very nice. I had a problem with splitting while grafting, but I cannot blame the yarn for that- that’s all me. I’ll get it blocked over the weekend and see if I can’t get it on Ravelry sometime soon.
Very stormy here so I think I’ll shut down the computer before I fry my beloved Mac!
Morning Frost Wrap
Remember in an earlier post when I said that I would like to try the Bamboo Ewe from Stitch Nation for Debbie Stoller? I have casted on for the Morning Frost Shawl from the Stitch Nation- Collection 1 and have about 22″ done. That’s almost 50% finished. I tell you what, this is such an easy pattern it’s not funny. Four row repeat, two of which are pearling, the other two are the same with the exception of the first few stitches. I almost feel like I’m cheating it’s so simple. And yet it is just lovely.
As for the yarn… it is a four ply, soft to the touch, has a soft sheen compliments of the bamboo, and from what I can tell will block out very nicely. In short, I like it. I am using colorway 5510, Beach Glass (which is what the book calls for) and the soft green/blue is so calming at the end of the day. Another + for Red Heart.
Gardening at Night Bag
I want to tell you just a bit more about the book, as well. It’s got 13 projects in it- two of which are crochet. There are two sweaters, and a car coat that I really like, in addition to the shawl. If I knew how to crochet I would already be making the Gardening at Night crochet bag because it is cute, cute, cute! Mind you, there are no mind-blowing new techniques, but that is not what this little book is all about. It has very do-able projects using simple lace, cables, and Fair Isle- all rated “Intermediate”. I would consider this a good next step type of book for someone looking for everyday type of knits. All in all, this is not a bad deal for $4.99.
it was a hard choice, socks or something new? when the box arrived, i knew it would be something new. yep, it is half crepe from mountain colors and I’m making a one skein shawl. easy, lovely colors, nice drape. If Susan doesn’t have the other colors online yet, she will soon.