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August 01, 2012

"Now I know it was just a Guild Boss thing."  "Ghost Hunter" by Jayne Castle ♦♦◊◊◊

So, over a month ago I started writing a post exclaiming over my surprise that I hadn't written a post in forEVer. I just went back and re-read it and found that it was complete, but for some reason I didn't publish it.

All kinds of things have happened (of course) since the last time I posted to my blog, but if I try to get you all caught up, who knows how long it will take!

So I'm going to just jump right in here and pretend that I've already told you about quilt retreat, bell concerts, the visit from The Girl, shop hop, painting the house, making new friends, Mom's visit and more.

Today's Work In Progress, the Yarn Version:

First up is the Afternoon Tea shawl. This one is in garter lace with a pretty edging. I'm 2½ repeats away from being finished with this one.

The yarn is truly a mystery - I found an unlabelled skein in the closet. It's a denim blue with shots of purple through it, and it's wool. That's all I know.

Here are two projects I cast on during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics. To be honest, I watched some of the ceremonies but got tired of the inane commentary so I switched over to Amazon Prime to watch an episode of Inspector Lewis (I'm up to season 3 now) then switched back for about the last 10 minutes of the ceremonies. Casting on during Opening Ceremonies and other Olympic-related knitting is a thing - but it's entirely possible that you missed it if you're not involved in an online knitting group. Don't worry.

Here's a crocheted scarf/shawl (I haven't decided yet!) that is dead easy. Seriously. The hardest thing about it is attempting to say the name of the 'pattern' - ketjusilmukkahuivi.

The pattern is in Finnish, but an eagle eye and notes from others who've done the scarf have allowed me to give it a shot. This is a great take-along project.

(Oh. Done in Caron Simply Soft worsted acrylic.)

The only thing is that now that I've gotten it to a possible stopping width, I've decided I want it to be a bit longer. I wonder if I'll take the time to un-do the ends and extend them a bit.

And then there's the Cabled Bag (Ravelry link). This one surprised me. First off, it starts with some double-knitting to make a casing for the handle. Then that two-color thing comes in and it looks like it's not going to work and by the time you get almost to the second cable and are thinking of ripping it all out but decide to do one more cable crossing - BAM!! It's magic!!!

This is a little-ish bag. Hopefully just big enough for my Kindle Fire, a wallet and a few other things. My old purse has gotten boring. Yarn is Lion Brand Wool Ease worsted.

That's it, though of course that's not even close to it.

I haven't forgotten you. I've missed you!

Oh, in case you've missed my occasional earth-shatteringly-profound opinion:
I really don't like the "new" Blogger interface. For some reason modern webpage design is leaning toward lots and lots of white space and pictures rather than words on buttons. It seems a waste of screen space (only about 1/3 of my screen has writing on it in compose mode, the rest is white/light grey) and an unnecessary re-training to figure out how to do what I've been doing for years.

And another thing: The preview doesn't show me how it's going to look on my blog. It just shows how it will look with basic formatting and lots of WHITE. Blech.
permalink 1 Comments:
At 8/01/2012 8:02 PM, Blogger Carrie P. Babbled Back:  

good to see your are staying busy with some really fabulous projects. take care.

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