Sunday, April 27, 2008

Almost two weeks

I can't believe how fast the time goes. I haven't any progress on knitting to report. though I am half heartedly working on the Blue Jeans Lace shawl. Mostly gardening over here when I can - catching up with spring, madly chasing shad flies and also refinishing two old Adirondack chairs my aunt gave me.

There is something new though. Yesterday I rode with a couple of ladies from the knitting group to see The Chancellor's Sheep & Wool Showcase. A perfect size for a country fair, there were 20 vendors, sausage and peppers, a sheep dog demonstration and bagpipes playing. The group of spinners looked awfully happy on the lawn. Clermont is beautiful and I think I will go back in June to see the gardens because the gardener was so enthusiastic.

I met some Ravelers and was able to buy some of their gorgeous wool (mostly laceweight - pictures will have to come later). Bought two bags of Cormo to spin and I'm really looking forward to it because I've never tried it before. All winter I did not spin because I could not get settled in a place. The living room would have been nice but the woodstove will warp the wheel. The kitchen is too cold to spin in and my bedroom also. I know I could have moved it back and forth but honestly I guess I just wasn't into spinning for a while. I am going to spin in my conservatory now and finish the shetland I'd started last fall.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Screeching Halt

Saratoga is in hibernation. When I went to pick up for the ruffle, it looked horrendous. I found it frustrating and am chickening out for now.

Minor progress on BJ Lace Shawl:

I cast on for Flutter Sleeve Cardigan last weekend some time and have the back almost finished.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Saratoga Shrug

This picture hurts your eyes it is so bright, but here is progress on Saratoga:

I am about an hour away from finishing the second sleeve and then I can pick up for the ruffle.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


I can't sleep. It is a night of firsts: April First, first rainbow, first thunderstorm, first time I found a caterpillar crawling up the bed clothes, and the first time in a really long time (I swear) I ate a box of Nutter Butters for supper.

Flying along on Saratoga Shrug. I have the back about finished and then you do something odd like put the first 38 stitches on a holder, knit across and then put the last whatever stitches on a holder. Last night I read ahead in the pattern for the millionth time and noticed for the first time (ha) a bit about picking up 300 something stitches. In cotton. I almost ditched the whole project but I'm the dodo head who put the Fearless Knitter button up so I have to see it through. Besides, I'm desperate for clothes for work and the fabric and pattern are so pretty together.