Break Time!

Whew, it’s been a while!  Sorry about that.  But in the many months since I last blogged, I have been busy doing things.  Stuff!  Things!!

But first, let’s appreciate that it’s Thanksgiving Break!!  This morning I woke up at 8 (a full 2 hours after my regular wake up time), puddled around the apartment, cleaned a little, and then knit and knit and knit.

What have I been knitting?  Let’s see.

First off, I finished a project a couple of weeks ago and just got around to blocking it yesterday.  I worked on it mostly over the summer and then on and off during the fall when I wasn’t busy doing homework.  The pattern is Arctic Diamonds Stole from Interweave Winter of 2006.  This is my first project from an Interweave magazine even though I used to have a subscription.  Mostly I haven’t knit anything else because it’s too expensive to buy yarn for a sweater.

I have to say, I LOVE THIS PATTERN!!!  It’s much simpler than you’d think and it produced amazingly beautiful results.  This wasn’t my first foray into lace but it was my first big project and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.  It’s really long (I added in one more lace repeat) and feels so light and airy, perfect for wearing in Southern California on a college campus.

Anyway, I finally finished and blocked it and it looks absolutely amazing.

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Various shots of the stole as it blocked.  And yes, this is what college blocking looks like.  That’s my bed (I had to sleep on the couch overnight while it was blocking) with the stole held open by thumb tacks (I had to be really careful not to snag the yarn).  I have never blocked anything I’ve knit (gasp) mostly because I didn’t really care, but I am a changed women.  The stole already looked amazing before and now it looks and feels like something I could have bought at the store.  I am planning on wearing this to Thanksgivikkuh dinner tomorrow and will hopefully get some shots of me wearing it to post.

Then I bought some yarn to make a cowl for a gift.  There are no photos because even though I am sure that the recipient doesn’t read my blog (actually I’m sure that no one reads my blog) I want to be sure.  Anyway, I finished the cowl in about 2 days and it was also a fun easy pattern.

This morning I wound up some yarn that I had bought to knit All The Shades of Truth.  I saw that this pattern was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and knew that I had to knit it  (albeit not in very Frank Lloyd Wright-ian colours).  I totally would have done it in Frank Lloyd Wright colours, but I couldn’t find Cherokee Red and so decided to go my own route.  Who knows, maybe I’ll decide that they are Wright-ian when I’m done.  In any case, the design looks beautiful and simple and I have already begun.  IMG_1079

 

This is the post it note that I’m using to keep track of which colour goes on which section of the shawl.

 

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This is an incredibly bad photo of the progress I have made since I started knitting about thirty minutes ago.

Anyway, I’m pretty pleased about what I’ve been up to.  I’ll try and start up regular posting again.   I do love blogging!

 

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