Hallelujah! (with apologies to Stevie Ray Vaughn)
For those who aren't aware, we in Texas have been experiencing a drought of epic proportions over the summer. We have had next to no rain since April, and absolutely no rain since late July at my house. Until last night and today! Yipee! The sky is crying soft sobbing tears...not great gully-washing drops, but a gentle, steady rain that has been going on all day! My grass and plants are out there doing happy dances! And this is the first day that it hasn't hit 100 degrees since the first week in August! Fall is in sight!
And just in time! The knitting hiatus is officially over! I was on call this weekend (48 hours in the hospital), and surgery was slow....I got a lot of knitting worked on that had been sitting on my needles, staring at me in that way that only knitters with UFO's understand!
First, I finally located, bought and received a skein of Trekking XXL in the colorway from the Yarn Harlot's Visit to Austin! If you recall, I posted a picture of the socks that this yarn made, and I was lusting after. As soon as I got it, I cast on for a toe up sock on the new DPN's from Blue-Sky Alpacas!
Isn't it just too cute? I really like Trekking XXL's colors...its an adventure to knit this, as it reveals itself. (But for sock yarn, I've got to say that my favorite, so far, is STR. Trekking does want to split a little bit more, and isn't nearly as "hand-friendly". But I adore these stripes!
Speaking of STR...I cast on the new sock-club colorway "Peasblossom" on my Addi DPN's that I got at Hill Country Weavers in Austin. I usually knit with Addi Turbos when knitting larger projects, but hadn't been able to find these in Dallas. I like them, but I'm not sure I don't like the bamboo's points better...we'll see. Anyway, the colors of this yarn are wonderful!
Lest you all think I have completely succumbed to "startitis", I actually worked on unfinished projects almost exclusively, this weekend! First, I've been working on the Jaywakers in Katia "Mississippi" that I started simultaneously on 2 circular needles...they seem to be coming along well, although slowly (maybe it just seems slow as I'm working two at a time)
Note that I'm showing the plantar and dorsal surfaces of the socks...if you find mistakes, please God, don't tell me!
I also did a considerable amount on my Rogue Hoodie. Since (you all know this from my pictures) I am fairly Rubenesque, I made some modifications. I don't know how well this will work out, as I'm flying by the seat of my pattern pants here. I've never done this, but I really, really want this hoodie! I'm knitting it with Gedifra "Top Soft" which is giving it a lovely feel, and which I hope will drape nicely. I hug it alot, simply because it feels good. I think it may hug me back, eventually!
I extended the lower cable by one repeat, as I really like my sweaters just a tad longer (to cover my multitude of sins)! I think that this will work, just as long as the pocket isn't too low (I really don't want to look like a Kanga packing Roo!)
Now that the flap is joined to the body, it's moving along apace! This yarn is particularly speedy on the Addis!
While I was waiting for someone to need an epidural, I got online and went browsing around, looking at my favorite blogs, googling things that I've been meaning to look at, etc. One of these is a person I've heard scads about, but haven't had time to investigate...Alice Starmore. All I can say is "WOW!" I went to her Virtual Yarns and was nearly bowled over by some of the designs. I can understand why her books that are out of print are so coveted (and expensive!). The colors are fabulous! Then I clicked here..OMG!
Since I began knitting, I've been searching for the perfect pattern for a Celtic wrap...kind of like a ruanna, but more Irish...to be knit in green (rather a tree-ish, Druid-y green) for ME! I really dispaired of ever finding one, and had almost made up my mind that I would have to design it myself when I got more proficient...until Saturday! It's name is Dunadd and is EXACTLY what I had in my mind! I couldn't believe it! I went to look at colors and this is what I found! Needless to say, all thoughts of stash busting flew right out the window and I am anxiously awaiting shipment in the perfect color! Yipee! Alice Starmore, you're my hero!
Eldest girl has gone back to the university (not without taking exception to my last post, before she left), youngest girl is in school and has an 8 PM bedtime, and I'll have at least 2 hours a night to knit, at least until something else happens. The sky is crying...tears of JOY!