Saturday, February 24, 2007

Monkey Socks

Here's what I accomplished during a hectic week (monkey with Lisa Souza Wild Thing yarn)- lot's of travel:

We spent last weekend in Vermont with my mother, we missed the blizzard itself but saw the results. Then I made a quick trip to Clearwater, FL on Wed - Thurs. Beautiful weather, and some knitting time on the plane. Friday afternoon DD and I took off for my MIL's and a Saturday visit to Northeastern University - an admitted student welcome session. I hadn't been, so wanted to make this trip. MIL, DD and I attended an introductory session at the College of Computer Science, ate lunch in one of the dining halls and acquired NU clothing - sweat pants, hoodies, and car stickers. Then back this afternoon. I'm ready to stay home for a while!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Is it Icarus or a set of batwings

After 8 1/2 months of knitting, tinking and rekniting, Icarus is complete. Blocked and worn to work, even. The opinion of the rest of my family is that it looks like bat wings - it's the scalloped edges. DD already has dibs on it for Senior Prom - a silver dress would go nicely.

The folks at work all thought it was pretty, and were duly impressed with the knitting. And agreed that it looked like bat wings.

It is warm and lightweight, and the purple is beautiful. I can't believe it's actually done!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Progress at last

Extended knitting time during the Super Bowl led to this:

Other than Thuja, I've been focused on Icarus. Kimberly of Some Bunny's Love wanted pictures, so here is the latest:

Looking closely at the upper right hand corner, the observant reader will notice:

the binding off has started! With 523 stitches, it could take quite awhile. More pictures tomorrow as we move on to blocking.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Another Secret Pal Revealed

My spoiler for Secret Pal 9 was Miz Hardy of Nebraska! She sent lots of goodies - this was better than my birthday!

My DD has claimed the ear of corn, and wants more knitted vegetables!  Clockwise from the corn there is Hot Chocolate mix direct from the Mid-West, some soap made from Bison tallow, a fun movie to knit by (My Favorite Brunette), some chocolate (very tasty - I do love my mint), a holiday mug, a fun ruffly scarf (mohair/nylon), some dyed-especially-for-me laceweight yarn, a Christmas ornament and a candle in a pretty holder.  I'm overwhelmed and feel quite spoiled!

The laceweight may get cast on some time soon, as I finished chart 4 of Icarus last night.  4 rows of edging and the bind-off, and I'm done.  Okay, the blocking, and fixing that spot where the yarn broke.  The edging has me nervous, so I'll put in a lifeline before starting.  Super Bowl knitting consists of the Thuja socks, they should be almost done by the end of the game.  I have one more row of gusset decreases, then the foot should go quickly.  Monkey in Lisa Souza's Wild Things (also a gift of Miz Hardy) is next.

Any thoughts on what to do with 880 yards of laceweight?