Another week has gone by.....without a post. Life gets in the way. Actually, some knitting has gotten in the way, which is a good thing, considering that this is a knitting blog, most of the time. I've also been reading, and sometimes, as most of you can relate, it's just hard to put down a good book. Currently, I'm reading "The Red Tent." I'm loving it! I just finished Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants." It was another good read. I'd recommend either to those of you in need of a good book. Neither one is difficult reading, per say.
On the knitting front....Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is quickly approaching (first full weekend in May). I'm so psyched! I know, that last statement makes it sound as though I grew up in the 80's, and I did! Ok, back to MDSW. We have our reservations for the hotel, and we are staying for Saturday and Sunday! YEAH! But now, what to wear.....what to take? I'm currently knitting a few projects that I am hoping will come with me on the trip. Check it out.....
The two-toned triangle purse
This is a quick knit, as I've modified the pattern and knit with somewhat bulky weight yarn and US# 10.5 needles. The project will be felted when I'm finished. It's a lot of stockinette stitch, and there are increases and decreases. Basically you knit a big diamond, and then you knit another one and sew them together and felt. I've read about it on Ravelry, and some people label this project as boring. I guess that's relative to the knitter. I find the easy pattern very relaxing, and I look forward to having a "quickly" finished object in the end. I'll keep you posted regarding its progress. I'm knitting with Brown Sheep Shepherd's Shades - in the Wild Asparagus and Eggplant colorways. These are quite different from the colors in the photo for the pattern. In fact, if I like this project, I could see it becoming a nice quick gift to give at Christmas time, which means that I should begin knitting them now.........
I may run short on yarn, which has caused me to knit faster, and I find that whole phenomenon a bit funny....."Oh my gosh, the yarn may be short, let's knit faster (and inevitably a bit tighter) to see what happens....." The whole thing amuses me, yet I cannot stop the cycle from happening! YIKES!
Back to MDSW, and the fact that I need to adorn my body with some knitterly item (already planning on wearing the Ravelry beta t-shirt) in early May, which could be somewhat warm here. Kate Gilbert's Clapotis (we shall discuss the pronunciation and meaning of that word in a different post) is luring me. It's fairly calling my name. When I spent some quality time on Ravelry and discovered that people were knitting the clapotis pattern with only one skein of Wollmeise sock yarn, I nearly fainted. I knew it would be my next project! So, hopefully, it will be started and finished in time for MDSW. Here's the colorway I'm planning for it.....if I like the pattern, I'll probably knit more in different colors. I had to do some research on the pattern, as I've never done the PFB stitch before, and thank heavens for Knittinghelp.com
- what a life-saver!
Next post.....well, who knows when it will be. I only hope to have some more knitting to show you. Until then.....Happy Easter! I hope you had some chocolate, eggs, family, and peace today.