Saturday, June 28, 2008

Yes, I'm still here

I've been AWOL for a while with no good reason. Well, I guess my reason is that I am lazy and get distracted easily. So here we go with a little update.

Last weekend, I flew to Maryland and met up with friends in St. Michaels, Maryland.

I can definitely understand why it is a tourist town. It was so beautiful and we had great weather. A highly enjoyable time and it was great to catch up in person with everyone. **ETA: Oh, yeah, I found a yarn shop on the main drag of town. Of course, some yarn came home with me. I'll take a picture of it soon. It's hand-dyed by a woman in town and is a pretty purple with metallic. What is with me and the sparkly stuff?

The only problem with the weekend was that my flight home was delayed so I spent more time than expected waiting in the airport. Luckily, I had my knitting (ha!) and was able to finish a project. This is the Queen Anne's Lace Shawl (rav link). I finished it while waiting in the airport and finally blocked it on Friday. I'm actually wearing it today at work and it has been really well received.

Having finished with it in the airport with 2 more hours of waiting and 1 1/2 hour flight to go, I had to create another knitting project for myself. I had a drop spindle and fiber left but I really wanted to knit. Luckily, I had all of the parts of the QAL pattern, my needles and enough leftover yarn from the first shawl. Of course, that meant I was starting the shawl (with a cast on of 8 stitches) with a 60 inch circular needle. Magic loop anyone? I got pretty far with it and, once I got home, I spliced on another ball of yarn and kept going.

On this second shawl, I did a couple of things differently. The cast on and first 30 rows or so were on US 4s. Then I changed to US 6s. The plan is to then change to US 8s for the last chart or two in order to have a really lacy outer ring. It should be interesting to see the differences in size from one shawl to the other.

In other FO news, I finished a burp bib from Mason-Dixon Knitting. I really liked this pattern. It was so simple to memorize and you could knit it without thinking. It also looks really pretty. I don't know what was going on with this picture but it actually is a rectangle with completely straight sides and top and bottom. Who knows what happened. Crazy camera and grass.

Next up, fiber! (Like I don't have enough!) I saw a note on Yarnzombie's blog about her opening an etsy shop. Well, you can't let something like that pass you by. You have to click "Add to Cart" as soon as possible. Then you get something wonderful like this in the mail the next day.

Ah, WISP, I love you. I thought I liked you in the picture but that was just a lie. In person, you are better. Much better. Your different metallic colors and soft yellow roving are beyond words. I've found another batch of roving which is almost too pretty to use.

I think I am going through a shiny metallic period. Four purchases within the last 2 months have shiny bits. Hmmm. And look what Jacki threw in the package! Cute! I think I love the bronze.

And here are some more pictures of pretty roving.

While I was taking pictures outside, Lily just sat on the brick walkway thinking that I was a foolish, foolish human. Doesn't her expression say just that?

Her left eye looks really strange in this picture. I think my camera was having a very off day.

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