Spiraling Cables Shawl Finished
This shawl is indeed luscious. I sure hope I get some cool weather in Ohio in April so that I can enjoy wearing it. (We are breaking records for heat here in Florida). I did use the contrast color for the border and I held it double (just for the border). Then I did an i-cord bindoff instead of the bindoff called for in the pattern. Can’t see it well in the picture – it’s at the top. My knitting friends did not like the pattern bindoff. Since the rest of the edges are i-cord it makes sense to me that the border edge is i-cord.
The baby blanket actually got a little love this past week as I needed some “brain dead” knitting for my “social” knitting sessions. I saved my “brain dead” socks to take on the ferry. The blanket should get a lot more attention this coming week since my shawl is done. Sadly at 200 stitches per row it’s going to take a long time to complete this blanket. Unlike the mismatch of yarn weights I used for the Stephen West shawl, the mismatched weight of yarns for the blanket (the white stripes are thinner yarn than the colored stripes) seems to add to the puckering. Since it’s acrylic I don’t expect it to block out. Oh well, it’s a baby blanket.
Starry Night Socks
The Starry Night socks did get a lot of knitting on them during the ferry ride to and from Key West Friday. I’m still on the foot so there really isn’t much point to taking a new picture. I am doing 2×2 ribbing on the sole side for the final 2″ before starting the heel so the sock will fit tightly across the arch of my foot. I hope to have them finished by next week’s update. I need to get them done to keep up my goal of a pair of socks per month. The Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Sea was amazingly calm so the ferry ride to and from Key West as smooth as silk. Thank goodness since I get motion sickness easily. We enjoyed walking through the downtown shops, visiting Ernest Hemingway’s home and writing studio and having a wonderful lunch along the beach.
“To Everything There Is A Season”
Sadly one of my Cincinnati knitting friends called to discuss the state of our weekly knitting group. We were only a group of 5 knitters but we have struggled to meet even after Covid restrictions were lifted. I knew the day would come but I am still saddened. I really enjoyed the company of these women. Lives have changed and weekly Saturday sessions are no longer working. I have contributed to the problem by snowbirding for 4 months. Even our bigger group of knitters that would meet monthly is no longer working well as jobs have changed. So the weekly small group is likely to disband and we will try a weekend day for the larger group in the hope we can get together at least once a month. My monthly “knit at a brewery” group has also struggled to restart post Covid. Less reasons to stay living in Ohio?? I’ll be checking out knit nights at some of the area yarn shops. I am thankful that my nearest LYS hosts “knit nights” although I’m still waiting until I can attend without wearing a mask.
In my search for knitting podcasts to watch, I recently found MC Knitting Adventures. They were celebrating reaching 1K subscribers and had a giveaway. Well, I entered…….. and I won!! A super cute project bag with a matching circular needle holder (I love this style) and some fun stitch markers. I can’t believe how lucky I am!! You can tell they are Canadian. They actually pronounced my last name correctly which NEVER happens in the US. (It’s French. You don’t pronounce the s’s!!! Blame my husband. I’m actually of Irish descent – hence the name Maureen. I actually kept my maiden name, Higgins, until I had kids. I still use Higgins for dinner reservations. 🙂 )
KAL Help Please
OK, I could use some advice on a) finding KALs, and b) tracking what KALs you are participating in. I’ve started adding the names of KALs to a section of my monthly knitting planner to help me remember what KALs are going on that month. (I need a much bigger computer screen so I can see ALL the stuff on my monthly knitting planner and still be able to read it!!!) I can carryover the KAL to the next month if it lasts longer than a month. KALs are still a work in progress for me as I’m much more interested in completing my planned projects for the year than I am knitting a KAL project. Hence KALs that require a specific yarn or pattern are unlikely to work for me. I do better with a theme like knit socks, or use stash yarns, etc.
That’s it for this week. Hope you had a great week too.
This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.