Any Takers? Come on some of you guys must have a project on the needles
you can share. JRob
I signed up for Alasdair's Adventures in Double-Knitting, at Craftsy. They
offered a first class for $15. I could not resist. Guess the book will have
Casted-on for my first sweater. It is a seamless, top down, raglan
I have been toying with the idea of a knitted lampshade. Might be a good
use for some of my acrylic yarn. Most acrylic is translucent, I bet it will
glow nicely. I already have the wire (top with brass washer, and ring for the
bottom) work will let me buy them at cost. I can get just the metal pieces,
or the wire already mounted on styrene. Just about any size is available. If
anyone else is interested, message me.
I've got three rows left on the prototype of "Cold Comfort" - one of a
series of shawl patterns based on "Old Shale" - with differing patterns of
where the increases occur and how the additional lace is added in as the
stitches per repeat increase.
Working on a baby blanket for my Brother and Sister in Laws (expecting in
November... not quite certain I'll be finished.) It's a gingham patter on the
ends and checkered (k/p) in the middle. Strangely, I recently realized that
I've never knit a baby blanket before. Unfortunately, it means I put my
youngest's sweater on hold (AGAIN!) -- I try to knit each of my girls a
sweater each year and this is LAST YEAR's sweater.... :-( She, of course,
doesn't know - she's 3 and still occasionally wears the one from the year
before. Still, feeling a bit behind-the-ball.
In other news though, I sold my beloved Kromski spinning wheel and
recently ordered a Schacht Sidekick (which is drastically more portable --
something I needed). Sad to see my first wheel go, HOWEVER, the new one is
scheduled to arrive Friday and I can't wait!!
Grace and peace,
The sidekick is a nice wheel. We were able to tour the Schacht plant
during the first Rocky Mountain Retreat and saw them being made. I know
Quinton likes his so much that he sold his first wheel and even considered
buying a second one.
The blanket sounds lovely. If nothing else, make the youngest daughter a
really smashing sweater to make up for the delay...providing it doesn't
trigger sibling jealousy, of course.
I have been far too busy moving house and watching the Americas Cup
Race---at the moment we are equal in score with America and tomorrow is
another day and New Zealand needs to win!!!!!
I have been working on a new pair of socks out of the Red Heart
acrylic/wool blend that we got from the retreat. It's not a bad yarn to use.
It is heavy worsted weight, but I am using US5 needles so it is very tight. I
will wear the pair under my winter boots this winter for hiking. I have one
foot done, and am trying to make some fun cable designs up the leg to the
cuff. I'm not having good luck with it, but I am learning what not to do.
Other than that, I am really struggling through my last year of teaching.
It's difficult because while I still love teaching and working with 12-13yo
kids, I dislike the new direction that education is going. I am saddened
because I had always hoped that my last year would be my best. I had my best
two years ago, so I live in that memory. Knitting helps...a little Xanax
doesn't hurt now and then either. Pray for me, boys. It's going to be a
Just hang in there, Mark. I hope things improve and you aren't so stressed
by semester end and the end of the year.
I gave away the Red Heart yarn I got at retreat: The color suited a
project my friend, Mollie, had in mind and I figured it would be better to
just give it to her than let it languish. Now, the sock yarn - which has had
lots of people offer to take off my hands - isn't going anywhere. Mine.
[Unless I make it into an anniversary gift for a friend.]
My current sock has been in the works since mid-July. And I want to get it
over with! However, I've ripped back twice and am now over halfway done with
the foot. Then, however, I get to start the second one. But it will be worth
it...lots of good compliments on it. If I ever learn to manage pictures with
my camera, I can start posting them.
I've been busily -- if sporadically -- working on more Hollywood Knit
designs -- about half-way through a Charlie Chaplin section right now.
Finished piece is going to be about 6 feet by 6 feet and contain 16 movie
star portraits: Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Jean Harlow, Gregory
Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford,
Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable,
Chaplin, and I think Groucho Marx. Some of them I've posted earlier. Waiting
till more of it is assembled before posting again. Already thinking about the
next project: maybe rock stars of the '60s.
Otherwise, have been devoting time and energy to understanding
Medicare/Medicaid. I hate bureaucratic red tape.
I've been immersed in translation monkery for the past week, and when I
can get out it's for musical purposes. And the days have been *so* beautiful.
But I will get knitting again soon, as soon as the magazine translation is
over and the weather turns to crap. ;)
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