No FO’s from me today.
But here’s a peek at some work by Belle, the budding photographer. Digital cameras are fun; we let her snap around from time to time, and the kids-eye-view can both surprise and stimulate. She’s taken some great pics of the fish and cats, and, well, we can just quietly delete some of the many, many doll portraits (let’s not talk about what I’m sure was an entirely accidental shot of the babysitter’s jean-clad bum).
The daffs shown here survived the snow, but fell over pretty badly in the garden, so Lil Buddy helped me decide which to pluck and which to tie up to sticks, giving at least the illusion of uprightness.
Unfortunately for my knitting, the Sweater has spawned a surge of new projects, mostly because the Sweater a) is big and bulky to carry around b)though a big gauge, and moving fairly fast, for me, takes pattern-reading , since the design takes cutting-edge twists pretty often c) umm, because I like lace and stranded-color knitting?
So, on the needles right now–
A bamboo-cotton lace scarf–for me! In the charity-auction frenzy, I ordered more bamboo, but after I got it, decided to make life easier on myself and donate back issues of Mad Lovin’ Mama and a subscription instead of a scarf. This made me the auction winner, by giving me three balls of robin’s egg blue yarn….
Pattern: the Shetland Chevrons Scarf, from the 2005 Pattern-A-Day Calendar, which I scored at last year’s Yarn Swap. Even with a few really funky patterns (like the woman who wants you to knit with real fur, from minks, etc) the Calendars make me pretty happy–I especially like the cards which show lace and afghan stitches, and I plan to use a bunch of the patterns at some point.
Needles: size 6. Interchangeables–wildly successful X-mas present from Mike’s dad. I love them ,but have not been able to find a brand on the case or needles. Weird.
Yarn: 50-50 bamboo-cotton mix.
A stranded-color hat, using a motif from Anna Zilboorg’s Fine and Fanciful Hats, this year’s Yarn Swap treasure. Many of the hats look a bit too ‘fanciful’ for warmth, but this gives me a chance to try some of those Turkish patterns.
Yarn: Valley Yarns’ Berkshire Bulky, in magenta and orange.
Needles: interchangeables, size 11.
I’m doing a Toque, but using 60 stitches, with a ribbed fold-up edge.
Also, gift project with my hand-dyed yarn. Home dyeing is so much fun, I can see getting hooked on it….