Wednesday, March 07, 2007

HEY! Still out there? Anyone?????

Lots of catching up to do - I have been more than remiss, I'm afraid...

First, can you say generous? Kind-hearted? Thoughtful beyond words? Oh, then you must be talking about Natalie, my newly-revealed Secret Pal!
Secret Pal
Honestly, it's overwhelming - yarn, a hand-knitted face cloth, Australian coasters, cake-shaped soap, a tote bag, sweets (and the cookies are totally addictive!), candles - wow! And as if that's not enough, Natalie also made me a counting bracelet, and a beaded stitch marker/row counter (which I am still trying to figure out) - it's beautiful, and orange, and all of it is just lovely - thank you so much!

In the three weeks since my last post, we have had snow, lost snow, had more, gotten warm, gotten VERY cold, and the screwiness continues - today's high is -10 C, but we are expecting +7 and rain by Saturday - truly the most bizarre winter I recall...

but my knitting has continued unabated... I finished my Jaywalkers - yarn is from Spunky Eclectic, but I don't want to name the colour because if she's watching, it'll be a dead giveaway - suffice it to say that photographing them in sub-zero temperatures was perfect... any guesses?Jaywalkers from Hell Finito

Also finished another sweater for Artisan Knitworks, 'Bemidji', which I love - love the yarn, love the pattern! Huge yarn, 10mm needles, and I think the cables really pop, more so than with the mohair and silk...
P1000098
but maybe that's just me...

I also finished off a sweater for a friend, whose sister had started it but been bogged down by the sleeves Wendy's sweater- so I reknit those and sewed it up, and in the process decided that, although I don't like sewing sweaters in general, I really like sewing raglans - if the decreases are done well, you get the nicest diagonals framing the seam, and I love to watch it develop...

so, with all this "free time "on my hands, I cast on a birthday gift for someone which will be seen later - I know, I know, the suspense is killing you, isn't it? And, as always, a pair of socks, thinking maybe for me, using Indigo Fire yarn from Yarn Ahoy!, (I just noticed that Maya of Yarn Ahoy is taking a 2-month sabbatical - keep your eyes open upon her return - her yarn and colours are beautiful!)and the toe-up Feather and Fan pattern by Wendy of Wendy Knits!
I really, really like the short row toe-up part of this sock, but find the heel a little, well, little for me, so for the next pair I will work in a heel flap - just feels a little snugger on the foot -

I am also not so excited about the feather and fan part - just me - but I had been thinking it was time for me to design my own damn socks, and I had in my mind something like this pattern, so when I found it, I thought I'd save on brain cells... but in my mind, the pattern was not lacy, more solid, with a similar wave action - so I will continue to scour my pattern dictionaries for the stitch pattern in my head, and will work my own design around it - pics of the sock to follow...

so there we are, all caught up - so what better place for a gratuitous kid picture?
Ben Knitting
Wait! What is that? Could it be... knitting???

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, Bemidji is the name of the sweater pattern?

deirdre said...

Yes, indeed - interesting name...

Miss Scarlett said...

Oh, are those the chocolate cookies from Australia? I can't buy those - it's miraculous if they make it to the next day! Way too yummy.
How nice to be spoiled by your SP!
Your weather is crazy hey? I mean, it's crazy everywhere but you guys have had quite a week already.
We had rain, sun, and now rain and wind. But rain suits me better for knitting - and I was born & raised on the WC so rain is just fine for me.
One day I have really got to make a pair of Jaywalkers...Looks like some kind of Bumblebee theme? Or sunshine?
The cables on the Bemidji are incredible! They do pop it is not you.
Yarn Ahoy is something I really want to join - those boxes are gorgeous - I love them.
I am so thrilled to see your son knitting again! That is fantastic and soon he will be gardening too.

Riggwelter said...

That Bemidji sweater is gorgeous, great kid pic too!

Kelly said...

Glad you are blogging again. It completes my week to log on and read the happenings, see some pictures. I love that cable sweater. The cables sure popped on my screen...

Til next blog,
K

NattyChick said...

I am SO relieved that it finally made it. It is great to see all your productivity too! Great jumper pattern.