Hello my darlings. I have missed you.
It has occurred to me of late, that while my address involves the words "crazy knitter" there hasn't been much in the way of knitting content. As I look around my house, there are various projects in the middle stages by various chairs, and they're all interesting. They all get a couple of rows here and there when I sit in the chair that they are parked beside. But none of them are proceeding quickly. I'm okay with that. This summer has proven itself to be one of the most challenging ones ever, so having knitting accessible is all that's important.
Let's play catch up, shall we?
First up, a finished object. There are one of the pairs of socks that stay in my bag, and get worked on while waiting about in public places. They are always plain, since they may be left alone for months at a time. They are simple and they help keep my feet warm all winter with the added bonus that I rarely complain about having to wait in doctor's offices. These puppies have been blocked and sitting around waiting for their close-up long enough that I had to brush the cat hair off to take the picture. Poor babies. Now they can go live in the sock drawer with the others.
Underneath the source of said cat hair is a really lovely cardigan that I started a couple of months ago. This one lives downstairs, in front of the big television that we watch tv on in the evenings. It got me through the Stanley Cup, and now it's doing duty during CFL games and So You Think You Can Dance (love, love, love Ricky). I'm on the final sleeve, then it will be steeked and finished up. The wool is Cascade Eco - leftovers that were in the stash. The pattern is a free one:Idunn from Knitty. It should be done by the fall.
Then we move upstairs to the study. There we have this little number. A Brooklyn Tweed Devlan. It's made out of stash Wool-Ease. When the kids were little, I had a slight fixation with machine washable and dryable yarn. A couple of sales at Michael's and I ended up with a ton of it. Luckily I'm still messy, so it's being used up slowly. This one is on the first sleeve.
And this is a lovely, lovely Adult Surprise Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman. It's made from worsted leftovers, mostly Custom Woolen Mills 3 ply. I love their wool. It's wooly, it blooms beautifully and comes in the loveliest heathers. It's spun on a machine made in 1910. It's awesome. This sweater though, is very heavy. I'm about 2/3 done, but it hurts my wrists to do much more than a row or two. It's progressing slowly though.
Speaking of Custom Woolen Mills, as well as Brooklyn Tweed, here's a sweet combination of the two. It's Ivar from Wool People 7 as well. See what I mean about their fabulous heathers. This picture isn't really doing it justice. It's yummy.
So those are the projects that are sitting in various spots around the house. But the knitting is a comfort in times of trouble. And after receiving yet more bad news yesterday, my first move was to a bin of laceweight yarn. Time for a shawl. Shawls are what I make for friends that are in times of stress. Time to make one for me. I found this lovely yarn:
The tag says 90% alpaca, 10% silk. There is no manufacturer listed. I think it's from Saskatchewan. So the yarn is in place, and I'm feeling the need for some garter stitch. As usual, Elizabeth Zimmerman to the rescue. Stonington it is. A lovely garter stitch square, with a lacey border. Something to keep my hands busy while my brain adjusts to our new reality.
Take care of yourself and I will see you soon.