Here we are once again with Christmas passed and the new year about to begin. It’s another gray rainy day here in Nashville but at least it’s warm. I think we are going to hit 70 today, so there’s that. :-)
Here are some of my Christmas presents. I got a few more but these are all I happened to get a picture of. The one in the center was made by my third daughter, Meredith, from the sea glass she collected when she was living in Nome Alaska a couple of years ago. The watercolor portraits were painted by another daughter, Kyla. They are of all four of the children, including herself (top frame) that are still living here at home. She has promised the other six to be added to the collection as she completes them. I can’t wait to see the rest!
Here’s my progress on my Usonian shawl. It is coming along and I will probably get some more knit on it tonight since my husband has to work tonight so no going out. In the past he always had New Years Eve off but not this year. Boo Hiss!
Christmas is almost upon us once again and it’s time for slowing down and taking in the year that has passed. We normally take this month off from as much as we can get away with. We pause homeschool lessons and it’s a slower time for the business, in that I am not traveling and doing festivals. I like to work on new ideas and samples for the coming year. Of course there are family gatherings to prepare for and presents to buy and wrap. We have all the gifts done and the tree is up. We will probably start baking on Sunday afternoon.
As you may recall in my last post, I started a sweater for my youngest which I finished a couple days ago. He loves it and has worn it to the library yesterday, where we loaded up with Christmas story books.
Since my needles were empty, it was on to my next planned lace project. I wound the yarn and cast on for Usonian in my Classic Merino Bamboo yarn. It is gray and rainy today and I had to make due with indoor pictures but actually the colors aren’t too far off. Click through to the website for slightly more accurate ones; the names are Damson Plum and Sea Oat.
I started last night and have gotten half way through Chart 2. This one should be pretty fun and easy, possibly quick even. We’ll see.
I am making pretty quick progress on the cable and lace baby blanket. I have 5 repeats of the chart completed and it is 14″ including the border. The border is 1 1/4″ so that is 2 1/2″ for both edges; each repeat is just under 2 1/2″ so I should need about 13 repeats to end up with about 35″ for the length. There will probably be multiple sizes in the pattern if I can figure yardage requirements for the other sizes without knitting them. ;-)
As promised I have some nicer pictures of Kassiani in it’s final glory. As always Dee’s pattern is perfect and fun to make. You can find the pattern in that Ravelry link and if you are interested, the Classic Merino Bamboo yarn I used is on my website.
This shawl will be making it’s debut at my next fiber festival which is Wisconsin Sheep & Wool in Jefferson, WI next weekend.
I am back home for a couple of weeks and trying to get back to a “normal” schedule. ;-)
I have gotten a very good start on the new design and I am very pleased with how it is working up. The stitch pattern is just entertaining enough but not taxing on your attention if you like to listen to audiobooks or watch movies or TV while knitting. I am making my way for about the third time, through the X-files, during my knitting time. It’s the only time I watch stuff since I can’t justify watching TV at all unless I am accomplishing something at the same time. ;-)
I have also managed today to get Kassiani blocked, but it’s still on the wires right now, so I only have pictures from that to show you and you will have to wait a bit for better ones.
Here’s a just for fun shot of my new pair of Chuck Taylor’s that arrived from Zappos today. Just had to have this color!
I have finished my Kassiani shawl! I bound off the edge on Tuesday evening, but since I was leaving for Michigan Fiber Festival very early on Wednesday morning, I won’t be able to get it blocked until I return home next week. Here is a pre-blocking picture I took fresh off the needles.
I think it looks pretty good even before it’s blocked so it should really shine once it’s finished properly. :-)
After I arrived at my hotel last night I got a start on the new design I have planned in my Organic Cotton Sport weight yarn. I measured my swatch and decided on a size to aim for, 30×35; did some math and cast on. I thought about going with a fancier border like a rib or something but then decided that a simpler garter border would be better suited to the busy cable, lace, rib stitch pattern. I am doing a slightly wide edge to square up the edges since the stitch pattern would naturally create a wavy edge. Here’s my start.
I had the privilege of spending two days with my daughter Meredith and her family after I left Chicago before going home. She lives near Lake Michigan so I took a quick visit there but spent most of my time visiting. Here’s a few pictures of the grandbabies. :-)
I am closing in on the finish line on my Kassiani but didn’t quite make it in time for Stitches Midwest this weekend. I am already in Schaumburg and will be setting up the booth in a few hours. If you are coming to the show you can find me in booths 319-321. :-)
I have two charts to go on the shawl, which is 32 rows I think, so I should be finished soon and ready to start that new design I showed you the swatch for in my previous post.
I have some more computer tasks to work on in my time remaining this morning so I will close for now. Thanks for reading!
As promised, here is the Onesie I finished last week, blocked but still without buttons. I did buy some, they just needed sewing on. All 10 of them. Ugh. I don’t like sewing on buttons, so it’s a good thing this turned out cute enough to make that worthwhile. :-)
I have moved Carolan onto a longer needle and and on the next to the last repeat of the main body stitch pattern. Here’s the most recent picture but I have knitted on it a bit more since. It’s a pleasant knit so far. The lace is just interesting enough but memorable so just a glance at the chart is plenty. I dislike having to look at the chart constantly.
I am in Lexington, KY for the Kentucky Fiber Festival this weekend. It’s a nice show, and so close to home for a change. It’s nice to only have to be away for three nights and to be home early on Monday. I have a few days home again before my next festival. Anyway, here’s a shot I took of the booth this morning before the market opened.