13 September 2017

Extremely Ravell'd

Ha ha, see what I did there?  (Hey work with me people, I need to amuse myself however I can these days.)

Anyway, it's Unraveled Wednesday, and this week I actually have some stuff to share, so I thought I'd go ahead and post.  Sometimes there is nothing different to show you than the same old thing from last week, so I'm often uninspired.  But this week I felt like progress had been made.

Below are the two projects I am currently knitting.  On the left is the cuff and almost all of the leg on my second Solar sock.  It's an enjoyable knit, and once you get into the rhythm of it, you can make a lot of progress quickly.  It's when you haven't picked it up for a while that you find yourself knitting along and then you realize you've screwed up and have to unknit a few rows.  Then you become annoyed with yourself.  

On the right is a bunched up shot of my Scattered Wishes shawl, which is no nearly finished, that it makes me nuts.  Why, you ask?  Because the last 26 rows are lace, and as you know if you have read this blog more than twice, lace and I have a complicated relationship at best.  Having said that, I am currently at Row #20, which is farther along than I've gotten before, so perhaps the end is in sight.  Even using lifelines, I have frogged and restarted this section more times than I can remember!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this project, and even hope to knit another one, but this last section is killing me!  I am determined to be the victor in this battle though.  ;-)


Lately I have not been able to read anything very complex or involved, so I recently finished two quick cozy mysteries, and started this the other day.  Edna O'Brien is one of my favorite writers, and this is a collection of short stories, which is perfect for me right now.  I just started this, but the couple of things I've read so far, I've really enjoyed.  I love her way of seeing things and describing people.


In other news, I went to a trunk show at Loop last Sunday for Backyard Fiberworks, and I have found another true love yarn brand (yeah, because I needed something else to spend my non-existent funds on, right??).  The colors she had were truly gorgeous - lovely combinations, and solids that were so saturated, they almost didn't look real!

She had three samples knit in her yarns that I was insanely crazy about:  5190 Miles, On the Spice Market, and Torquata, which Alice - the dyer behind Backyard Fiberworks - was wearing.  These are all lovely as shown on the pages linked here, but seeing them in person, in the combinations she had, made me actually want to knit them!  For the last two, she had sets of minis for the pops of color, and then you just add one skein of yarn for the main color, as she said, "Just from your stash, unless you want to spend more money!"  She was wearing her version of Torquata, and I think that may be an upcoming project for me, once I can save up to buy one of the mini-packets (they weren't that expensive, but I am currently very broke! ... and, since Loop will be starting to carry her stuff, I won't have to pay shipping).  Anyway, it is always fun to see yarns that are new to me, and to see how a different color combination can change your whole experience of something.

That's it for today's blathering.  I'm happy and relieved to see/hear that so many of my blog friends in Florida are safe, even if slightly inconvenienced by Irma - inconvenience is always preferable to injury.  One friend IRL who moved to Florida last year, said that her 3-year-old thought sleeping in a closet was so much fun, he didn't want to go back to his regular bed - he wanted to know if they could have another "raining party" soon!  I guess it's good he wasn't traumatized, but I'm pretty sure no one is hoping for another raining party anytime in the near future ...

Take care, all.  I'll be back  again soon.

15 comments:

AsKatKnits said...

I am sending you some lace mojo! And, oooo, new yarns! I am likewise, so glad that more people were not hurt. I pray that clean up goes quickly.

Bonny said...

Sending good wishes for Scattered Wishes; you will prevail! You've chosen lovely colors and it's such a beautiful pattern, so I hope you'll be wrapped in its warmth and beauty soon. Thank you for your Loop story and linked patterns. I got a 6-skein set at NJ Sheep with no plan in place, but I think Torquata may be just the thing!

Tired Teacher said...

Lace can be tricky. I don't knit it often, but when I do, I get tense.

The new yarn sounds intriguing.

Vera said...

OMG, your last paragraph had me laughing out loud...fun to sleep in a closet? Only a kid would say that. And "raining party" - love that term (though not what goes with it always).

Meanwhile - love all those patterns. I've been looking at On the Spice market for quite some time...but now I think I'm more drawn to 5190 Miles. Decisions, decisions. What I need to do is finish what's on (all of) my needles....

Dee said...

Oh to have the perspective of a little kid. Obviously his mom did a good job at alleviating any worries.

I will say, the little kid in me LOVED watching the river. But, the other side of that story is to see SO much historical stuff ruined. The Cummer Museam Gardens and Memorial Park are destroyed. The river is a salt so many of the plants will die.

Hope the lace knitting goes well and you get finished up soon.

Looking forward to seeing those new yarns at Loop. You had me at MINIS!

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

Goodness! You are an enabler! :) I've just added all 4 of the shawls to my Ravelry que.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

You can finish that shawl - and you'll love it when you do!

Araignee said...

I feel your pain with the lace. My latest lace is giving me the heebie jeebies every time of look at it. It needs to be done and I am going to think hard before I start another.

Kym said...

I usually like knitting a bit of lace. It's just the constant attention and counting (and no wine) that make it tiresome. But the results! Ah . . . that's where it's worth the effort! It will be beautiful! (Just stick in a lifeline before you begin the lace portion. Just in case . . . ) XO

Marjorie Barks said...

I bought On the Spice Market. I think it's lovely!

Nance said...

Bless your knitty little heart with all of your projects and hopeful projects. I am too much of a One Project At A Timer; if I started another, I feel like that's all I would do, start and never, ever finish. Sort of like a dam would burst, giving me permission to just be a Distracted, Flighty Knitter, who knits til she gets bored, then starts up a new thing.

The struggle is real.

Lorette said...

You'll get the lace done! Those colors are gorgeous.

karen said...

love the shawl that is on the needles, I wish my knitting was more productive but life does through some curves :)

Caffeine Girl said...

Ah, Spice Market...that's on my list, too. Melanie Berg is such a great designer.
I the love the comment about the raining party. What a great way to look at it!

Pam Greer said...

I actually like knitting lace. I usually make lots of mistakes, but I think they add charm. Or at least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.