Here is my first sock in many years (Unst from Knitting on the Road), and it's going swimmingly --- and here is the yarn I found for the trek KAL. I really must apologize (again) for the crappy layout of this blog. I swear I will try to find some time to either a) fix it, or 2) change servers. I am thrilled, though, that I discovered the macro setting on my camera. It only took me a year.
First of all, I am trying desperately to figure out how to make paragraphs on this site. So far, no luck. Anyhow, I just want to drop in my 2 cents about self striping yarn, you know, the stuff that makes cute little stripes and checks. I really hate the stuff. I made 2 pair of socks a few years ago, and hated every minute of them. I hoped that I would recover and learn to love the yarn again, but it hasn't happened and I'm sick of waiting. So I went a bought some Koigu and cast on for Unst socks from Knitting on the Road. I was inspired by the arrival of my wonderful ESK from Cassie a few weeks ago (it has been stocked and made ready for any sock emergency which may arise, now that I'm motivated to make socks again). (By the way, the workmanship on this is excellent and I highly recommend getting one for your own sock-y selves.) I will post a photo when I have more than 12 rounds done.
Well, I tried to post this twice already, and it has been blown to bits both times. 3rd time's the charm. I had a couple of busy weeks: went here, did this. Susie loved her shawl and is in the Bahamas right now getting ready to be married. Not too much else happening, trying to beat the heat and get some work done (not necessarily in that order). Started dance class with Greta today, but she didn't seem too interested. We'll see. All knitting projects are finished so I am back to my forest shawl that was started in 2003. I won't post a pic until it's finished since it looks like nothing more than a big mess. It has been fun to work on it again. I can complete a section in an evening, and I have 30 or so sections to go before I can do the border, so let's say Labor Day goal, since I will take time to do the Trekking with Trekking KAL http://zeneedle.typepad.com/trekalongwithme/2006/05/go_take_a_hike.html#comment-17240000 and also the Sivia Harding Hanging Garden KAL. Maybe I should move my Forest shawl goal back a month or so. I'm not in a hurry.
This is the completed-on-time-for-my-sister's-wedding-gift shawl. It was begun on April 1st, with 2 skeins of Alpaca Cloud from KnitPicks, from the same Estonian lace pattern I used for Jaime's purple cotton scarf. It is 2 patterns wider, and is as light as a feather and very soft. Susie is on her way here for a short visit before hightailing it to the Bahamas for her wedding (color me green), so I will be able to present it to her in person (I was afraid that I would have to ship it).