Yes, this little race is moving along! OK, OK, I picked the low hanging fruit first, but I thought I could use the kick-start thrill of a FO.
I cast on this Colinette & Classic Elite wrap in April of '04 (pre-blog), knit a bit, then tucked it away. Don't know why really - it just wasn't speaking to me. Then I was looking at my new skirt last week and knew why I'd been attracted to the colors. And this five year old sweater matches the skirt perfectly and there's even a touch of the blue in the wrap. I wish I could say I had it all planned, but it wasn't. Feeling the good vibes around here.
I look so happy because when I came down the stairs my oldest (almost 8) said "WOW!" and just sat there with a big smile on her face, then added "That's the fanciest thing you own, you'd better change clothes after we take the photo." Bless her practical heart - I've taught her well. Add to that the little one napping, which will make her much more cheerful for the afternoon, and you have a happy Wench.
I'm so posed because Rachel really wanted to do the photo, but the camera's a bit heavy and awkward for her. I had to hold still and smile (issuing instructions through gritted teeth) a looong time. This wrap also looks good just draped, but we couldn't get that photo. Maybe I'll post vacation shots of my knitting having a good time in Oregon.
- Colinette Enigma and Giotto, colorway Caramel 148 (one each) and Classic Elite Avignon Cotton/Silk, color 8189 (three balls)
- 15" x 58" of knitted fabric with 6" of fringe at each end. May block it a tad longer, but this works for me (I'm 5'2"). To see how I cut my fringe, click on the little photo.
- Garter stitch, changed colors every row with the Classic Elite between the Colinettes. No pattern. Not really sure how many I cast on (hey, it was pre-blog remember). Think I followed the recipe from Sally Melville's Knit Stitch book.
- Addi Turbo 6 mm, BO with 10 mm.
One more gratuitous shot of its pink/caramel goodness:
Knew I would be casting off the wrap so I started the Koigu shawl two nights ago ... Sitting here thinking ... this sounds so much like the woman who makes sure she has her next boyfriend (or husband) lined up before she leaves the current one. Yet another knitting as a metaphor for life moment. Fiber really can be therapy in that you can get all your relationship ya yas out while remaining a loving, faithful, dependable spouse -- with honkin' big stash.
Sorry for the bit of blur in the photo - the breeze is gusting today. This is the Shaped Triangle pattern from A Gathering of Lace, but I'm using Koigu on 4 mm's rather than Zephyr on 3.5 mm's. Will stop very short of the finished pattern as I'm only wanting a shoulder wrap. I've got about three balls total weight of Koigu. Two colors here are left over from Charlotte - the pink colorway will be added soon. I like this pattern because it makes long ties and curves over the shoulders. Looked at Yarn Harlot's blog today and from the small bit she's done so far it looks like she's making the same pattern in the Zephyr - we'll see. I'm sure she'll finish the entire shawl before I get halfway!
I'll close with garden shots. Click to enlarge if you choose. Many of the orchids have retreated to their new summer home next to the fountain under the Tipu tree. We're watching, but this seems to make them happy so far. This pink fushia was a bargin buy at Target ($2.50) because it was out of bloom. Not anymore. Finally, my baskets are growing in and making me as happy as is possible when I'm standing at the kitchen sink.
Thanks for all the great comments in support of my little race. One down!