I always thought that when I get stressed I knit. The threat of incapacitation has amped me up. I have been thinking about all of the things that I have started that are not finished and have tried to finish them. First, there were the quilt blocks. Check. Next is the shrug for my eldest and the socks for Daniel that were promised at Christmas.
The shrug was literally unphotographable in its finished state as it is made of black wool/cotton (Debbie Bliss Wool & Cotton DK from stash) and is stretchy. It has been sent to her in Alabama. The pattern is from Churchmouse. It was very fun to knit with its unusual smocking stitch.
The socks are the Simple Skyp Socks, a free Ravelry download. The pattern is definitely simple and a little boring but makes a beautiful sock. Yarn is Malabrigo Arroyo superwash merino.
I also started and finished a new pair of slippers for myself – the Duffers- revisited pattern on Ravelry. (Cascade 220 from stash) Just in case my feet get cold sleeping in my recliner.
I also bought some interlining for a tote bag I have not started but might do this weekend. And I ate 2 scoops of Gelati Celesti yesterday. Salted caramel mixed with Chocolate Decadence…an inspired combo if I do say so myself.
Oh, and I bid on a small sofa (for my new crafty room) at a local online auction. Now I need a truck. Maybe I should stop…..
Hello all. I have been fitted for my neck support device and gotten the pre-op haircut. I think they will clip the back of my neck even further. Here is the debut of the neck collar. Apparently, I will wake wearing this necklace and be utterly happy about it. Not.
I have to tell you about some really great friends that are here supporting me. I have spoken about going to knit night on Tuesday nights. We call it TNK for Tuesday Night Knitting. ”Membership” is loose and changing but there are quite a few regulars. I am irregular regular and they must understand that because they welcome my attendance and contribution whenever I manage to get there. We laugh a lot and share good and bad. There has been a lot of bad in this past year believe you me.
For some reason during my life I have never really been a joiner. Even though I was in a service club in high school (Treasurer, money stolen from my locker) and a sorority in college (craziness beyond the pale). I usually don’t last long in informal or formal group attendance. I hated playground recess from an early age as it was wild and unstructured. The teachers stood in the shade and smoked. I didn’t climb on the jungle gym because there were territorial little horrors that took that structure over. I didn’t run around the blacktop because there were impromptu dodgeball thugs. I did jump rope if I could manage to grab it when the teacher pulled it out of the toy box. Mostly I played jump the drainage ditch near the mulberry bushes with my friends Julie, Harriett and Lorenza and sometimes Fifi. We made up stories and games and ate mulberries and honeysuckle. Oh and there were 2 sets of twins in my class named Sharon and Karen. The Sharons were nice and the Karens were mean. Weird. My old elementary school was converted into the alternative high school then into a hospice, one of the first in the nation. I wonder what that means.
I digress. Anyway, my TNK friends went together and got me the greatest pre-op gift ever given in advance of my incarceration and euthanasia as we joke about it. A beautiful tote bag in Dala horse fabric (love them!) by Issy who makes gorgeous bags for knitting. A fantastic book prop pillow. A more than generous gift certificate for books from a retailer of online digital media for my digital reading device. I just have to show you some pictures. I am so grateful! Several of the members have offered their service in awesome and unusual ways: loan me various DVDs from “Northern Exposure” to “Game of Thrones”, teach me spanish, provide algebra equation games for my brain, assist me with tapping the PayPal button on my phone, take a professional portrait of me while in recovery, drive me hither and yon and cook for me.
I am still spinning some “humbug” jacob fiber that happens to coordinate with the Forest Darkness cardigan which continues to grow. What the heck is humbug fiber?
Now, I also bought this antique bowl thing with a drain hole in the center and a little handle above the hole. It is about 10 inches across and 3 inches deep. I don’t know what it is! Anyone know?
I have eaten all of the chocolate that I can find so my celebration of the day must be over. But…I have thwarted the mockingbird with a paper fan-shaped shade called Redi Shade. Available at Home Depot for those with bird problems. He has not been annoying me since other than hearing his sharp scratchy claws on the alighting on the ledge a couple of times.
I have also spun and plied 650 yards of 2 ply Shetland wool top. It is a commercial top from Louet and the finished product is roughly a dk weight. It has a lovely wooly sturdiness, not merino but lovely. I think merino is nice but I definitely like other breeds better.
Knitting continues on the Forest Darkness Bohus cardigan. Slow progress but that is fine, the yarn is so soft and fun to work with. Some more photos for Benita!
I continue to wait for my surgical event, will get fitted for the neck brace on Monday morning. I again missed my weekly knit night because of neck muscle spasms. Such a pain in the neck….ha, you saw that coming didn’t you. So I have been trying to accomplish some things that have been waiting for me to feel like it. I made some granola…
I have a little sampler quilt of 12 blocks that needs finishing. It was a block of the month offering from a local quilt store. The fabrics are 30′s reproduction fabrics and I am finishing up the last 2 blocks tonight. For some reason this little quilt appealed to me, usually I go modern and abstract but these blocks were so cute. How should I set them? On point? With plain blocks? Set straight with sashing? It will be machine quilted once the top is finished (eventually) and here are some photos. I am also making the “opposite” block with the fabric remainders…hate to waste those expensive fat quarters.
and Bohus Knitting
On the Forest Darkness cardigan I am down to the armholes after the shaping. I really really really love the Bohus designs. Architectural but not fussy. This is the first one I have knit but hopefully not the last.