Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Knitting Plans and Creativity

This morning when I sat down to write this blog post a massive windows update took over and I was held hostage by technology for almost two hours.  Honestly, my impatience and anger almost got the better of me.  I did have a temper tantrum or two while waiting.  My negative thoughts crowded in as I wondered if this is the end of my PC?  Will this crash my computer??  Obviously all is well (I think).

Guess what?  The weather is changing over the weekend and once again my creative thoughts have flowed once more.  Even though the days are still hot, the heat doesn't feel the same.  We walk after dinner down our dirt road and the trees surround us and shade the pathway.  Sometimes I feel chilly! A soft breeze carries the scent of the evergreens. Oh, autumn you are simply the best.

I dug around my studio for some wool yarns two days ago and have some ideas of what I'll be knitting.  Since we are approaching holiday season, I cannot say exactly what specifically.  But I will share the knitting and where I'm going with my knits.  I have a scarf on the needles for my son.  I'm excited about that knit and how dead simple it is.  

I want to cast on some hats and mitts as well.

Oh and a cowl for me.  I became inspired by a fall jacket on display in a store in a mustard yellow.  The best color ever!  I have visions of a cream colored cowl doubled up around my neck with this jacket while wearing my boots.  The race is on to cast on and make this dream cowl before winter arrives.

For years I've realized that during the summer my knitting ebbs a tiny bit.  Having that flare up with RA didn't help any either.  I know though that this ebb, this pause in knitting, is temporary and transient.  Every year my knitting is slow in the summer as I feel a bit of knitting ennui.  Sometimes, I catch myself thinking "is this the beginning of being done with knitting shawls?"

And then the weather changes, I see new clothing pieces displayed in stores and like an expectant mother who nests for a newborn to be, I'm gathering ideas and concepts, rapidly recalling long ago yarn purchases that will flesh out a knitting wardrobe in time for those crisp chilly days.

Ravelry also makes these creative dreams come true.  How exciting to do a pattern search!

So for now I'll be finishing up this post.  Recovering from my windows update panic and go off to sit and sketch out some fall knitting ideas. I predict that grid paper and markers will be involved.

What are you knitting plans for the Autumn?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Currently on the Needles

Good morning!!

I am back to knitting a forever on my needles knit, the dandelion daze shawl.  I'm thrilled to once again be knitting with wool instead of cotton.  Today I'll be casting on some new projects (I hope).  But for now, I'm content to be knitting away with an almost done lace shawl.  As you know, the blocking process will show off those yarn overs.

Oh I posted about my silver leaf shawl yesterday.

I finished The Lake House two days ago and thoroughly enjoyed the read.  I read some reviews reporting a tidy ending.  This is true and I am one of those crazy people that like bittersweet endings or open ended endings, you know, the ones that make you think.  I still recommend the novel, she writes a compelling story!

I continue to read The Once and Future King and started the second book in the novel.  I'm making slow, steady progress and am enjoying the Camelot Kingdom.

I picked a THIN book off the shelf yesterday, and it's Ordinary Life by Elizabeth Berg, a compilation of short stories.  The book is in terrible condition, I swiftly picked it up and bought it at a used book store sale without a flip through.  This book has been in a flood or some sort of major water damage.  I hope the dried out mold doesn't set off my allergies...

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Silverleaf Shawl Complete

I finished this shawl last week and finally (finally!) did a proper photo shoot today.  The weather has been cloudy but I did my best.  Really the shawl is beautiful in person, but with multi-colored yarns it's difficult to capture the best photo without a close up.

I love the "leaves" the best.  The pattern calls for sport weight yarn and I used what was in stash - fingering weight!  I wish I had just 100 more yards then I would have done the exact same repeats of the garter stitch section.

However, I had to skimp and skip the final repeat.

I had a hard time getting into the groove of the pattern, but once I did, the knitting was fast!

Ravelry notes are here