Friday, July 21, 2006

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Just a Drive By

I'm having a crappy week, but not for lack of knitting progress. Here's proof (of the progress, not the cruddy week):

A new sock, knit from Claudia's Handpainted. Luxurious to knit with. I'm enjoying just fondling it.

And more progress on the pi shawl. It's been a WIP since April. I'm nearly done. I figure I have about 50 more rounds and then the edging. For some reason, I'm working pretty quickly on this one these past few weeks. There's my hand included for scale -- I thought about putting it over the Yarn Sniffer's head for scale (as EZ promised, it's making its own little bag as I knit it), but he's still asleep and as usual, I'm in a hurry.

Here's a close-up.

And here's one of my birthday gifts: a quad skein of Morehouse Merino laceweight (gonna take FOREVER to wind by hand) to make Melody's Shawl.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Two Months Late...

Have you ever finished a gift and packaged it off so fast that you forgot to actually photograph it?

I did. For Mother's Day. And so, whilst throughout the blogosphere all the knitters were showing off their mother's shawls, I was left wrapless.

Until this weekend, at the family reunion when Mom decided to model the gift for me and become a blog sensation. Ain't she cute?

She was sick most of the time I knit it. Hospital sick. Couldn't breathe sick. I like to think that I sent her get-well vibes straight through the Tahki Cotton Classic. Maybe that makes it a prayer shawl?

Here's a closeup of the pattern (the Perfect Pie Shawl from Weekend Knitting):

And as an aside, this is the kind of box that I love to find on my porch after a long day at work:

'Nuff said.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Proof of Knitting

Yes, I've been spinning like a madwoman. But I've also been knitting a little too. I'm in the process of finishing up some socks in progress (there's usually two in the mix at any given time; I have to start a second set now that I've finished one pair).

This pair was the first I've ever knitted with Regia. LOVE IT!

And I'm moving along on a pair of Trekking XXL's that I've had in the fray since April. I literally just finished short-rowing the heel.

That's all for a Saturday. It's Family Reunion Day!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Have I Mentioned I'm Out of Hand?

On Saturday, I popped on to eBay to see what I could find. I found an eight-ounce "sampler" of raw fleece. It actually arrived yesterday. I know why they mailed it so quickly and expedited it to me.

It um, smells.

Now I expected that. It's from a sheep, after all, who lives on a farm, which does not have any toilets or shower stalls for ovine use. I'm a farm girl at heart, so it really doesn't bother me.

But ... of course the Yarn Sniffer ran over when I announced that my wool had arrived. He promptly put his face right into the lot.

And ran screaming from the room.

He was thrilled when I washed some of the locks and carded them (someone find me a cheap set of cards, please. This is going to take forever on dog brushes) and they came out clean and sweet smelling.

Only 7.5 more ounces to go ...