I finished the Blue Heron shell! It is a long, sordid tale. Here is the shortened version: I knit, I frogged, I re-knit, and it FITS! Here are the stats:
Pattern: Evening Shell, Vogue International Holiday 2004
Yarn: Blue Heron Metallic, Rayon & Metallic
Needles: US 8
Tension: 19.5 sts. per 4 inches
I had mixed feelings about knitting the shell with Blue Heron Metallic because it drapes rather than holds its shape. Also, having knit it in a size for a linebacker the first time, then having to rip it out and re-knit it did not help my feelings about the project. On the hand, I love the gold flecks in the yarn. This yarn does not photograph well--it is really much prettier in person--not so harsh looking. I am sure I will be able to wear this top with jean, white or black pants. I hope the weather stays warmer for just enough time for me to wear this little beauty. I LOVE to make projects that fit and look good. Because so much yarn comes in a large hank (550 yards), I will have enough to knit a wrap. I am looking for wrap patterns that might work with this yarn. Any ideas? Any ideas for anything else? We are driving back to the camp this weekend. My SP and I cannot get enough of summer and the camp. I hope to kayak, knit, and relax. Have a good weekend!
I feel the excitement and inspiration of an impending new project. Casting on for Lorna's Laces Radiating Throw herewithin called "the happy valley" throw makes me feel happy (See previous post and you will see why). The Bullfrogs and Butterflies is my favorite yarn in this group because it is soft and spongy, making knitting a springy but smooth experience. Here we go. (I have also started Diana from Hot Knits.)
I have completed my last two pj bottoms. Is this fabric hilarious or what?? I know, I know, I am a dork, but I thought the frog pattern was so appropriate for our cottage since we are always discovering new creatures living around our place. I am finishing a light blue t-shirt to wear with them. Many years ago I was an avid seamstress and made pants, shorts, tops, dresses, and even a couple of coats, but until recently I have not sewed much. I was inspired so I retrieved these two unfinished projects and stitched them up. I thought it was best to clean out the stash before building new stash. In the future I plan to be a little more stylish . . . a little? Maybe a lot! Here are the finished products. I knitted the French Market bag taller than the directions and then lined it with some matching fabric. My mother told me how to make the pattern for the lining and it fits perfectly. Thanks, Mom!
This past weekend I spent at the camp alone for the first time. My SP was traveling for business so I decided to brave the woods and wildife by myself. I had a great time, peaceful, beautiful weather, and as you see productive. Speaking of productive, look at the adirondack chairs my husband made. He is one talented guy! We always put them on the lawn in the same place, one for him and one for me. Over the years they have weathered a beautiful golden color just like our marriage. Ok, I'm getting a little maudlin--I miss him. Have a good week. Let's hang onto just a bit more of summer.
First, I would like to thank . Donna, Eilene, Lauren, and Becky for their offers of help and words of encouragement. And a big thank you to Helen at Threadbear Fiber Arts, who fielded my call and give me good advice. There are more photos in the Gallery 2005. I am not sure if this is a technique or not, but this is what I did. I took a loop from the top on one side and then pulled my yarn through the loop on the bottom one. Then staying on the same side I hooked the top loop on that side and then took the lower loop on the other side. I just went back and forth like that and I think it turned out quite well. Anyone with any advice, please give it. I am still learning and savour all of the help I receive.
I am going to make another throw for a certain someone. This is the yarn I am going to use. Isn't it pretty? More Lorna's Laces--Can't wait to get started knitting. The names of the colorway are "Happy Valley," "Sunshine," "Powder Blue," and "Pale Pink." Love it!
On other knitting news, I have the back of the Blue Heron knit, so I'm just beginning the front. I think it will fit much better--glad I decided to rip out.
Look what I found. This book translates knitting terms into several different languages. When I was in Rome recently, this would have come in handy, and I am taking it with me to Lyon in October--maybe I'll even try to translate a pattern . . . if I muster up the courage. Have a good week.
My SP (Sweetie Pie, otherwise known as DH--dear husband) and I arrived at the cottage on Sunday evening after having a wonderful brunch with family on Sunday and a lovely wedding of some friends on Saturday evening--you know, one of those weddings that was planned in a meaningful, tender, loving way. There is nothing like a touching and moving ceremony to set off the tears and love in everyone. It was a great party, too! With the love of our family and friends we arrived at our cottage in good spirits, and then the weather was BEAUTIFUL.
Balmy breeze and sunny skies made kayaking perfect. We bought a kayak that can use pedals or paddles, so exercising upper body and lower body can be accomplished on the water. Who can resist exercising that includes sunny skies and water? I like to use the paddle to give my arms a good workout. See? Here's proof:
While our granddaughters were visiting I went ice skating for the first time since I was twelve. Yes, it was quite a while ago . . . however, it was loads of fun and I did not fall down once. My oldest granddaughter and I played a game where she threw a hockey glove, I skated to pick it up, and then I threw it back to her. Ah, yes, maybe skating lessons will be next. It was really fun, and good exercise too. Here is a little blurry photo of our victory skate.
On the knitting front I have Dianna No. 4 ready to block (but I forgot my blocking pins at home so I'll have to buy some before I can proceed), two pair of footies knitted for my granddaughters, and my afghan is almost done! It is amazing that I have been knitting since Memorial Day weekend 2004, and by picking up an unfinished project and working on it it, I can really see how much I have progressed over time! I have more confidence, feel less worried about making a mistake or otherwise goofing up my project, and I knit A LOT faster. It's a great feeling! I am sooo excited to finish it.
Have a good week!