Dreambird is coming along nicely. I’m just finishing feather number 15. I just love working on this project. I was flipping through some catalogs last night thinking…hmmm I should look for a new blouse that I can wear with this! LOL
As part of my Sept-Oct Socktoberfest challenge, I’ve been working this week during my bus rides to and from work on the first pair of socks that needed finishing.
When I picked it up last weekend, I hadn’t quite finished the decreases from the heel gusset down to the finished foot width. But as you see progress has been made since then. What is really funny is this sock was one I had started in connection with Judy’s sock pooling challenge. It wasn’t really pooling so I set these aside and worked on a different pooling one. This sock, unlike the first one – sort of has rows of peachy/white and then the brown tones. The other one looks more mixed together – or maybe I just notice the striped look more I the photo than looking at the real sock. But anyway – look at the top of the foot — a whole big pooling puddle of peachiness.
Earlier this week I came across a link for flexible blocking wires. So now I’m anxiously awaiting them to arrive to try them out. I’d be really happy if I don’t have to practice self-acupuncture any more which is what happens with the straight blocking wires. By the time I get a shawl all blocked, I’ve poked and poked and scratched myself numerous times. And a very good excuse not to block the shawl I was going to do — I need to save it to test the wires with right?
Of course I found that link while surfing on Ravelry. More patterns have been added to my library to go back and look at again when I’m ready to start a new project – which is just about all the time whether or not the other ones are done. My latest obsessions are with these patterns:
- Cicada Shawl I love the lace on this – and somehow the timing seems right as I have the window open and the loud buzzing of cicadas is a constant sound right now.
- Begonia Swirl I think it’s just gorgeous and the green one with white edging is simply stunning.
- Antartkis I like the simplicity of this one
- 100 Diamonds - so light and airy looking – it’s just so lovely
- Ruffled scarf — this one I have what I think is a perfect yarn for and may have to cast it on (which will definitely take a while!)
But – since I’ve got the day off I need to get busy and quit surfing Ravelry and ordering yarn (yes, I had to take a break from writing this blog post to place an order at The Loopy Ewe for yarn for the 100 Diamonds shawl – I almost ordered the exact same color it is shown in, but decided to go for something else although that purpley blue is a gorgeous color).
I was busy earlier – made a trip to the grocery store (lack of soda and coffee here – couldn’t survive the day without that), picked up everything to make my favorite chicken Chablis except when I got home realized I forgot the swiss cheese!! Drat! Guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow night to make it since I’ll be out and about tomorrow and can pick up the cheese. But it’s a perfect day weatherwise out there so I may just take my coffee out to the patio and knit for a while out there. Low 70s, sunny, no breeze and no humidity — it doesn’t get much better than that!
Speaking of tomorrow — it’s Wisconsin Quilt Expo time so I’ll be headed with a friend for breakfast tomorrow morning and then on to the quilt show for some quilty inspiration. I didn’t make it to the show last year so am really looking forward to it. And in addition to the quilts — well of course vendors – to see what’s new! LOL
Okay – enough rambling – time to refill the coffee cup and decide what to do next.