Hi! :)

That’s as catchy a title as I can come up with and I agonized over it, believe me!

No FO’s just yet although my ‘Duane Park Triangle‘ shawl is blocking as I type – cursed thing. Remind me to never commit to a pattern that is all garter stitch again. Even the pretty Zen String yarns that I used couldn’t save my attitude by the end.

Happier WIP’s are my ‘Gothic Starfish‘ afghan. It just needs a few rows of black border and it will be out the door to live on my daughter’s purple sofa and my ‘Rheinlust‘ shawl, which I am madly in love with; all twisted stitches and Wollmeise goodness. This is not to say that I now love Wollmeise, I still prefer other yarn bases a LOT but it’s perfect in this pattern.

With spring finally here for real, I’m working hard on my little house and the gardens. Replaced the old mailbox with one that’ll match my new screen door when it goes up and the dead doorbell is on today’s agenda for a new wireless one. Good friends adopted my old wooden picnic table for their cottage and I now have room for an elf-size gazebo in the back garden. Lots of leafy clean up to do before that goes up but it’ll make a lovely outdoor retreat. My little office is coming along too, I just finished the assembly yesterday and am moving files, supplies and all that stuff that’s been living in my kitchen to its proper home.

Finally have my ‘Leaf’ set up and it’s keeping me honest about my exercise goals or err… honest about how much I fool myself! Apparently, knitting does NOT burn many calories… A terrible oversight on the part of our physiology IMHO. Saying goodbye to another dear family member and some irksome ‘girl’ health issues just lately have me wanting to get back to my former athletic self or a reasonable facsimile! I can say that deleting a few of my social media accounts has been a HUGE benefit in terms of stress relief. I mean really? How connected does one woman have to be, right?! đŸ˜‰

With that, here’s pictorial ‘skinny’ on all of the things :):

Oh! And THIS! A month or so ago, I stabbed my finger with some wicked sharp scissors when I was lifting staples from the back of a painting… I couldn’t even look as I tugged them out and did the first aid thing. Knitting and blocking were really hard for a week or two and now I have a scar! Apparently, I haven’t outgrown this stage…

 

A Drive-by Blog

It’s glorious hot here, sunshiney too and I’m spending time doing knitting but outdoors where I can enjoy my garden – though the weeds are massive bad right now on the brick patio and I’m trying a natural remedy. Pics to come if it works.

I’m taking a little break from the pattern writing, it’s hard to concentrate on a screen at this time of year and I’m working on some stashbusting shawls.

The Cerulean & Chalcedony is trying to kill me with all this evil garter stitch but I’ve just reached the 2nd section where I begin to alternate with the coordinating colour. This should at least, keep me awake! I love everything else about this pattern, so simple, so fast (except for the sleeping part, lol!)

My second shawl is “Over The Willamette” and I’ll have to come up with a catchy name. I’m using some ancient Schaefer Anne and liking how it’s going. This is another pattern with quite a bit of repetition in the early part but I know it’ll be worthwhile. I went up a hook size to compensate how a mohair blend looks “fatter” due to the wisps. The strand itself is comparable to the Tosh used in the pattern but could probably even take a 4.00mm to suit other’s taste for an even more open look. I like the fabric I’m getting on the 3.75mm and I think this’ll block like a dream. Debating adding a repeat or two as the mileage is much greater for the Anne.

WIP-ies (WIP selfies):

WIP's for July

WIP’s for July

Friday, You’re My Favourite

Two FO’s this week, yay! “Plum Delphiniums” worked up crazy fast and the do over pattern for “Les Cloches CannelĂ©es” is complete and sent. It sounds odd to say, but I really like the new format. I agonized over layout and font, thank goodness my daughter is a Graphic Designer! I’m fairly skilled, for a layperson but I like to have her professional thumbs up when it’s done.

I felt a little bereft after that. I could finish writing a couple patterns that just need a bit of polish to publish and I could tackle some of the eleventy-million WIP’s that I have but… I started something new! :p

Kristen Kapur’s “Duane Park Triangle” has been in my queue for a while now, just waiting for me to unbury the right yarn for it. Yup, still shopping the stash and very glad too! I found to Zen String beauties from the 2009 club.

I may have been one of the biggest fans of Angelina’s Zen String and Wildflower Whimsy yarns. We co-admin’d on the Ravelry page and I am sorry that the pitfalls that caused the end of several talented Indie dyers of the early 2000’s, happened to her. I still have six banker’s boxes of her yarns, skeins like sardines, and much not Ravel’d, so I’m glad that this never-ending unpack, organize, repack, donate… thing yielded a great fit for DPT.

Easy peasy summer knitting, this is my Chalcedony & Cerulean:

My DPT