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The Never Ending Rhea Stole

Despite all the work I’ve been doing at the shop, I have found a little time to knit this summer. My summer project is the Rhea Stole, worked in an alpaca / silk hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. Pictures of lace in progress are not very exciting, but here it is.

rheastolebodyrheastoleborderThis is (or will be) a long rectangular piece of lace, with two very pretty border sections at each end. The border strips are worked vertically, then attached to the seemingly never ending body, which is a very simple two row repeat.

I’m knitting this for a non-knitting friend, who asked if I’d knit it up as a gift for one of her good friends.

The project started in late May and it has been my constant companion while watching Red Sox games, the Deadliest Catch, and True Blood.

Hopefully it will be finished sometime in August, so the friend of a friend will have a lovely warm scarf this fall.

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Swallowtail Shawl Update

The Kangaroo Alpaca Silk Swallowtail is gone. I ripped it out very quickly, while watching the Biggest Loser. (Why is Ron still there??? And can you belive how HARD the Black Team fell off the wagon?! Jumbo shrimp cocktail, tequila and cigarettes, have they learned nothing?)

If you read yesterday, you were expecting me to use KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud or Shadow for the next version. Ha! Fooled you!!

Because watching Biggest Loser on DVR is more fun than winding yarn, I grabbed another of my latest (already wound) hand-dyed, cast on, and pretty soon had 20 or so rows complete.

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What do you think? Pretty? I think so. Amazing how it turned from a yarn blob, into something so defined and crisp and clean.

But here’s the problem. I made a dumb decision and cast on with size 2s. They were the closest needles at hand at the time. People, believe me when I tell you, I am L-A-Z-Y, too lazy to walk up a flight of stairs and find a size 6. Knit on size 2, this finished shawl will be the size of a kleenex. Not so good.

But even if I did get my butt off the couch long enough to find the 6s, I only have one skein of this particular sock-weight yarn, meaning I am 50 or so yards short of the 516 yards recommended in the pattern. Which means I now have to wind up the yarn I showed you last night.

American Idol is waiting for me on DVR, so I must go wind, really fast. And maybe I’ll have a jumbo shrimp cocktail when I’m done.

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Just Not Meant for Each Other

I love color. I love lace. The two together are even better. Right? Wrong.

Prompted by my good friend Kim, who is attempting lace for the first or nearly first time, and my need to take a break from the recent abundance of sock knitting, I cast on for the Swallowtail Shawl.

As with most lace projects, it’s a bit of yarn blob right now.

Swallowtail Shawl Blob

Swallowtail Shawl Blob

The yarn is a laceweight 80% alpaca / 20% silk, hand dyed by Gail the Kangaroo Dyer.

The yarn is lovely – soft and silky, just yummy. The colors are dazzling. The problem, I think, is that the lovely yarn is competing too much with the lovely pattern.  Apart – beautiful. Together – kind of ugly Betty. Maybe the answer is (gasp!) ripping and restarting with a solid color yarn.

A quick trip to the stash uncovered these. Pretty solid color lace yarn

Pretty solid color lace yarn

They are all from KnitPicks, from left to right, Alpaca Cloud (100% Baby Alpaca) in Moss and Iris, and Shadow (100% Merino) in Sunset.

Oh decisions! I’m off to rip.

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Home Knitting

Perhaps the only thing better than Airport Knitting is knitting at home, while snowbound.  All the flights from Boston to Las Vegas are canceled, my trip is a bust. I’m making the best of it by enjoying some peaceful time on the sofa in between trips outside with a shovel to clear the end of the driveway.

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This is the same Welted Rib pattern, this time with another skein of hand-dyed. The colors of purple, fuschia and lime green make me smile, especially when the sky outside is all gray and white and dull.

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Airport Knitting

Lately my work life has been travel-filled, which is always good news for a knitter. Last week, while flying from Boston to San Francisco and back I finished these.

Welted Rib Socks

Welted Rib Socks

Get all the details on Ravelry. They are knit from my own hand-painted yarn, which I posted about here.

Flying 6,000 miles in 4 days is always more bearable when I have a pair of pretty socks on the needles. And in addition to relieving the boredom, knitting has a wonderful way of bringing people together.

On the way home from San Francisco I had a very long wait at the airport so I splurged on one-day pass to the United Airlines “Red Carpet Club”. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. And they had snacks, coffee, tea, soda, and very comfy chairs!

One very sweet employee noticed me and perched herself on the arm of the chair next to me to chat about knitting. Then about 20 minutes later, another traveler stopped by and asked if I’d mind explaining how I was knitting in the round. We had a little knit group right there in Terminal 3!

Tomorrow morning I fly out again, this time to Las Vegas. I am a little worried about the 12 inches of snow (!!) forecast for Boston later tonight. I am hopeful that the good folks at Logan will keep the airport open and won’t keep me waiting around all day for my flight to depart, but just in case I will have a new sock project packed in the carry-on.

And if you see me knitting away, please say hello.

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Welted Rib Socks and It is Still Winter

On Monday night, before my newest skein of hand-dyed yarn was fully dry, I was winding it into a ball and casting on for a new pair of socks. It’s been a while since I’ve knit a pair for me. And here in New England, with the last two days of swirling snow flakes, whipping winds and temps in the 30s, I am  reminded just why a girl needs MANY pairs of nice warm socks.

The pattern is my own creation – a simple welted rib design. If the sizing works out right, I will share. Stay tuned. And stay warm.

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Snowy Day

I haven’t been to the gym on a weekend day since last year. Instead of using the treadmill I’ve been using that fancy new exercise equipment that is all the rage here in the Northeast, the shovel. Last night’s forecast was for 1 to 3 inches of snow. The actual amount was about 6 to 8 inches. No worries though. The snowbank is now over the mailbox, but the driveway is clear and my legs are feeling the burn.

I’ve been enjoying this snowy weekend.

First, my latest pair socks are finished. They are a gift, and hopefully the recipient is not reading this. I’ll be putting them in the mail on Tuesday.

Pattern: Campfire Socks by Cider Moon
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multy, Color 314. Purchased at Webs

Second, for dinner last night, (and lunch today) I made a big pot of beef stew and a batch of Ina Garten’s buttermilk cheddar biscuits. Yummm. The perfect food for a snowy day.

Third, Jeff and I are going to see the Bruins play tomorrow afternoon. Just about three weeks until Spring Training, so until then, I am enjoying hockey.

Hope your weekend is fun too.

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Isn’t it amazing…

…how you can take two weeks off and only two days after you return, be right back into the same old routine?!

Before I could say Happy New Year, I was right back to it, up early, on the road to a client meeting, writing another proposal, editing a spreadsheet, and ducking to avoid the office politics. That explains the need for this at the end of the day. Really, to be completely authentic, this blog should be titled Knitsox and Chocolate and Wine.

To try to bring my mind and heart back to that feeling of vacation joy, let’s review some of the projects from the blissful two-week break.

First, there was Honeycomb.

The second photo shows more stitch detail.

I finished the back over the weekend. It is knit in Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed, purchased during the amazing Webs blowout sale the day after Christmas.

Second, there is a pair of socks that will be gifted to someone very special, very soon. The first sock was knit plain old vanilla stockinette.

Then I saw this pattern for Campfire Socks by Cider Moon in a broken rib pattern that looked so much more interesting. So, of course, I began the second sock in the new pattern, which means I have to reknit the first sock, which just means more knitting, which is really what its all about, right? More Knitting!! Yippee!!

Here is a closer look.

The yarn is Araucania Ranco Multi, color 314. Jeff says they look like Grateful Dead colors and I have to agree. The first pic shows the first 28 sts in the broken rib pattern. Mostly pink and green, right? But flip the needles over to opposite 28 sts and it is blue and purple.

Some people call that pooling. I just think its cool.

So to everyone else out there who is trying to ease back into the usual work-week routine, I raise my glass and my needles in salute. Hang in there. Tomorrow is Wednesday. We are almost half way through.

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Finished Just in Time

Whew. It is 3:15 PM on Christmas Eve and the nephew and niece socks are done and wrapped. Apologies for lack of photos, but I was on a roll, what with the finishing and weaving in, that I just jumped right into the wrapping and never got the camera out. Maybe tomorrow I will photograph the socks during the unwrapping.

In addition to the socks I’ve finally finished wrapping all the other gifts, baked a tray of candy cane peppermint brownies (yum), hand washed three sweaters and finished a full load of laundry. All that’s left is to make a salad to bring to dinner tonight at my sister’s and I’m done. Jeff is probably right when he says why bring salad, no one ever eats it anyway. But I was asked to bring salad and bring a salad I will. Salad and peppermint brownies. (Yum).

Merry Merry Happy Happy. God Bless.

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Distracted

I should be knitting socks. Christmas is only weeks away and the niece and nephews LOVE their hand knit woolen socks, so really what I am I waiting for?

I have no excuse, except to tell you I’ve been distracted by this simple beauty.

It’s the MultiDirectional Diagonal Scarf (Ravelry Link) knit in Noro Silk Garden #282. I’ve been happily knitting on it all weekend, and with any luck will finish tonight so I can get back to the serious business of Christmas sock knitting.

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