Hey people. Not posted anything in a long time, and wanted to say hi to all my fellow knitters here in the UK and accross the pond!!
Just wanted to share a quick project I completed for a baby shower. I'm sure the mommy to be will love these. I used this great blue sky alpaca/silk yarn and some silky merino. I know it's not a yarn usually used for babies but it was so soft and lovely I just had to use it.
Here's something I've been working on. I have been spinning a lot lately, having received from a friend one fleece that she didn't want, and part of another from a local spinner. I've been having a lot of fun pulling out locks and spinning a very fine worsted yarn. Not sure yet what I will do with it, but there is still time!
just saw that dave fougner's 'the manly art of knitting' is being reprinted by adbusters, after being out of print for decades. originally released in 1975 it's a hit-or-miss for actual technique and usable patterns, but total hit for the kitsch factor...
what do you knit when you don't wear many winter clothes, and neither do most of your family/friends... and you don't have many kids in your life, so knitting toys seems like a waste... and you're a self-admitted sour sally when it comes to mug cozies, jewelry, animal clothing, things without actual purpose, and anything too femme or religiousy.
Here's the finished product
I just finished a very easy two-row pattern prayer shawl. It has taken MONTHS to finish due to a busy work schedule and numerous involuntary froggings. My toddler grand-daughter's feet got caught in the yarn, and as she merrily ran around the living room, I watched about a foot of fabric disappear. That happened twice. I'll be happy to move this one on to church.
Not that much, knitting-wise. I've been working on a few projects that have stretched out for a few months. I recently saw the "Hibernation" category on Ravelry projects page and thought it appropriate.
Well, I made it. As of June 1, I am officially retired from teaching. Thirty-nine long years. My students made me wonderful gifts and the teachers and administrators festooned me with praise...and even some gift cards. I will be using two of the cards to help pay for my hotel bills to and from the Denver retreat. That was a big help.