On the other hand, the lace tank top from Vogue is going fairly quickly – probably because it’s a heavier weight linen and because the patterns aren’t as fiddly as the other one. I’m hoping to get this one done by next week – and may even have enough for a couple of short sleeves. I have also cast on for that scarf that was supposed to be Knitty’s Henry. As you may recall, Henry hit the frog pond a week or so ago, but the yarn has been resurrected into a version of My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs. I say a version, because I started it on the needles called for by the pattern, but decided to go with a much smaller set. Let’s see if the 87th time is the charm, LOL!
My little red sock is making slow progress, but that’s ok, she’s a therapy sock. I am knitting her to have something little and fun to make and timing is not of the essence, just satisfaction and fun.
I’ve joined a knitalong with my Columbia Sip ‘N Knit sisters (and brothers) for the Hemlock Ring blanket thingie by BrooklynTweed (Jared on Ravelry) I’m using some leftover brown chunky superwash wool from Plymouth- could not get ahold of Cascade’s Ecological Wool the pattern calls for – and I’m a firm believer in being able to throw a blanket into the washing mashine! And as if I didn’t have enough projects, I would like (eventually to start Lucy Neatby’s Falling Leaves Scarf. I’m thinking it might be really nice a little bit wider in white – maybe for somebody’s wedding???? It could happen – as soon as I get done with my April projects:)!
This past week has been fairly quiet on the work front. Monday I enjoyed a nice quiet evening at home. Dori, Donald, Mads and Ruby came over to share in the leftovers (thank goodness, otherwise we’d have had to throw out a bunch of food and that so bothers me.) Tuesday was also quiet – no music this week – The Boss (a/k/a SWMBO) was on a well-deserved vacation. Wednesday was my knitting group. On Thursday, I didn’t have court, so I had lunch with my high school friend, Lynne. She occasionally comes our way to pick up fabric for her quilting art – although she’s back to primarily painting. Lynne is a school psychologist (well that pays the bills – she’s really an artist). We had a lovely time – talked our heads off catching up until it was almost dark! I had to rush off for a meeting in Jessup and then finally home. Today was court in the afternoon and then home. As I type this, Dori, Donald, Madison and Ruby are celebrating Mads’ birthday at Friendly’s:) with Betsy and Kristin. I think S isn’t feeling well and J is working or out with friends – and I didn’t go because we’re doing something Sunday with the family. I now know what Mommy and Daddy got her, so we’re going to supplement that at good old TRU tomorrow:).
Well, Betsy just called – they’re stopping by to say hi, so I’m going to sign off now. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
Well, it’s true what they say about linen. The more you abuse it, the softer and lovelier it gets. Unlike people!! As you can see I’m about halfway
done with this summer top. The person I’m knitting it for never reads this blog, so I doubt I’m giving away any secrets here. Lace knitting can be a pain but this thing has been moving along quickly – good thing because I have a deadline in about 2 weeks. Then I want to work on the sweater for another April ‘birthday girl.’ With any luck, I’ll get both done in time for the recipients’ respective birthdays.
Also speaking of “holey,” (sorry!) I’ve made some more progress on the blue surprise thingie and have actually figured out the next step in the process. It’s a pretty color and the cool thing about linen is it gets better with washing and ironing – at least I’m counting on that – as you can see in the picture, it’s obviously not yet blocked. I’m really enjoying making this. It’s a cute pattern and appropriate for summer (no kidding!) and although many complain that linen is hard to work with, I’m not finding that. I’ve even made a little bit of progress on that “traditional” knitted-on-double-points, cuff-down sock – it’s fun with that red – and the yarn is so soft, it’s a joy to work with.
This morning we babysat Ruby while her Mommy had an appointment at the GI doc. She’s been apparently bleeding internally for a year and it may be in a part of her body they can only getto at with some serious surgery. They are marveling that she’s out walking, driving, working.
Keep yer fingers crossed.
On another note, I’m a Hilary for President kind of gal, but Barack O is definitely not a bad alternative as witnessed by his what I think will be considered an historic speech this morningi. If you missed it, a transcript can be found here. I sure hope those two work together after Democrat’s National Convention! (Sigh…)
Well, gotta get back to work – tons to do before bell prax tonight.+
One really cool thing happened this week: an old friend from back in the day when we were young and poor reconnected with me – and through one of my adult kids’ MySpace pages! It was so wonderful to hear from her and get caught up! Susan has been through so much. In fact, she was a lot of inspiration for some of my work a few years back – but she has done so well for herself I should never have worried. I am so proud to know her. Whenever I feel like whining, I think of all this strong woman – and her wonderful children – have accomplished and I give myself a mental kick in the butt, LOL! I also believe in God just that much more!
Before I sign off, dear reader(s), for those of you celebrating the High Holy Days of the Judeo-Christian calendar in the weeks to come, please pray for peace and the end to violence at home and abroad.
Well, there’s one more thing I’ve got to do before I turn in – I’m going to get my choir music organized then it’s another early morning. I’ll have no trouble sleeping tonight! +