Finally bound this off about a week ago with two grams of yarn to spare. And now it's washed, blocked, and ready to wear to the Spring Fibre Shindig next weekend; first booth I'm heading for is the Fibre Goddess who spun this yarn so she can see the final result of her labour (she recognized and pounced on me at the last Fall Shindig, asking if the shawl was finished yet; all spinners and dyers love to see what's been made from their yarns) Pattern is Atalanta Sideways by Åsa Tricosa, yarn is an unnamed one-of-a-kind handspun (50% Merino Wool/50% Silk) by Fibre Goddess. 170 centimetres from tip to tip. Ravelry project page with my notes and in-progress photos. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1383342.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
Turns out to be those same needles too as they are the size I need for the new thing as well. New thing being Hunter Hammersen's pure genius reversible cables. Pure genius because while regular cables look good on one side of the knitting and unattractive on the other (which is why they're really only suitable for sweaters, mittens, hats, socks, and other garments on only sees one side of) and reversible cables (up until now) look the same on both sides (making them good for scarves and shawls), Hunter has come up with reversible cables that are different on each side and produced hat and fingerless mitten patterns that can be worn either way out. The problem is, as she has pointed out, making up your mind which side you want to have showing. Since both sides are lovely, with soft wavy cables on one side and angular cables on the other, I've opted to figure out how to knit her in-the-round instructions flat (with her enthusiastic encouragement) and am making a scarf so that both cables can be visible at the same time. So far, so good … Yarn is Indigodragonfly's MCN Sport (80% superwash merino wool/10% cashmere/10%nylon) in "Canoe Up To The Beer Store" colourway. Lovely changeable-with-the-light colourway; top photo taken with the sun out, bottom photo taken with sun gone behind thin cloud. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1382739.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
I've finished my Béton Brut shawl! Pattern is by Karie Westermann; yarn is Vivid Yarn Studio,s Yak Sock (yarn has been discontinued) in "Concrete Jungle" colourway. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1382480.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
How time flies by when you're huddled away from the dangerous weather. Seriously, we had two weeks of abnormal cold warnings. Which isn't, in itself, unusual. But usually in late December or anytime in January. In February is a bit weird. Ah well, at least things finally started warming up to safe-to-expose-your-skin-to-the-air-for-a-f
ew-minutes temperatures this week. And to celebrate, since I booked today off work, I went to a yarn shop that I hadn't been to for a longish while. And of course didn't leave empty-handed.
Left to right: Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in "Hurricane" and "Pucker" colourways and Merino DK in "Oracle" and "Boombox" colourways. Intend to use these two pairs in two-colour brioche projects; no specific patterns chosen yet but I've seen the Hedgehog dyer's brioche designs using her wild/speckled colours and they look fantastic.
Below: Manos Del Uruguay Fino in "Filigree" colourway, which I plan to use as a bright contrast with the "Inkwell" and "Garnet Brooch" colourways already in my stash. And a skein of Schachenmayr Regia City Streets sock yarn with a boring number as a colourway name, but an interesting spiral stripe patterning according to the image on the label.
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And, of course, knitting happened, since it's the perfect portable entertainment for trips. "Béton Brut" shawl traveled with me, grew significantly, and is now too large for me to be able to complete a row in a coffee break. So it's been relegated to being worked on at home and a new pair of socks is now the coffee break project. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1381656.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
But obviously not. Got home from Ontario on January 7, a day to get myself reoriented and what passes for organized, and then back to work on the 9th. Good to see so much family despite the sad circumstances. Several trips with sisters to Mom's house to sort and clean and make decisions and reminisce. And all of us giving thanks that Mom wasn't a hoarder … there was some of Dad's clothes that she was hanging onto but most collected stuff was tons of albums of family photos, books, movies, music … things everyone in the family values. Brought home a pen and ink drawing I'd done in tenth grade, a cross-stitch I'd worked and given to Mom as an adult, some family documents that I need to scan for everyone, a couple of old paperbacks that I'd read often (neither sister interested in them), and Dad's necktie knotting chart (already scanned and emailed to male family members who were interested) For your entertainment and education, here's the pen and ink drawing (an art class assignment but the subject was a commission for my grandfather; paler edges are due to the matte inside the frame) and the necktie chart. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1381434.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
Update: Mom's funeral is on Dec. 29; I'll be flying home on Dec. 23 & then staying for a while to help my sibs with the house, etc. Thank you to my friends who've given me their sympathies & offered (& been taken up on) being an ear/shoulder ... you are the best. This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1380971.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.
Mom died this morning; this was pretty much out of the blue and cause isn't known for sure yet. Waiting to hear what's happening since I'm halfway across the continent from my family but obviously I'm going to disappear from online for a while at some point. Will let you know... This entry was originally posted at https://jlsjlsjls.dreamwidth.org/1380700.html. Please comment here or there (using OpenID), whichever is most convenient for you.