The following things happened while I couldn't get pictures off my camera and onto my computer:
[Okay, a lot more than this happened, but frankly, you would be bored by most of it, and I'm not leaving out anything that involves yarn]
(1) I'm all done with the Faraway, So Close shawl, with the exception of the ruffle, which I hope to work on this week.
(2) I bought this great knitted pouf of a foot rest for my living room. I liked it so much when it came that I immediately bought a second one -- the kids like to perch on them, and it's almost like having two extra chairs in the room.
(3) I never knew how much I loved modern furniture until we started redoing parts of our house. Our house is hopelessly traditional, and I mostly like it that way, but the cats did get a very cool modern bed from Hepper out of my new found love. The cat pictured is at least five pounds overweight for this bed. He does not care. It is made from felt and beds don't really get any better than that.
(4) The cat who the bed, above, was intended for is forced to pose elegantly on my settee, since her evil brother won't let her near the bed. Poor kitty.
(5) I fell seriously off the wagon and bought some yarn. This isn't all bad as I (mostly) have purposes for it in mind. It is bad because I really am trying to knit from stash, and I do love my stash yarn. But,
(a) I bought two skeins of Koigu KPPPM to add to the basket for my Barn Raising knitted quilt
(b) I bought two skeins of Noro Silk Garden because I want to see if it will make up into a Noro Hat
(c) And, I bought two skeins of Aslan Trends Bariloche because I had never seen it before and it was purple. I thought that was reason enough.
I'm hoping to find a little bit of time to finish up Far Away So Close this week, although I've suddenly realized that with 12 rows in the ruffle, at heavens knows how many hundreds of stitches in a row, it's going to be a while in the works. I'm highly motivated though, because I want to get to work on the afghan for our living room and perhaps do a bit of holiday knitting in October.
I apologize for being absent from the blogosphere. The Judge's dying desktop computer decided to blow the lights out of my photocard reader when I unsuspectingly plugged it into a usb port a couple of weeks ago, so I've been pictureless. And, as much as I love my IPhone, the photo quality isn't great. But I have been socking away a few things to post when my new cardreader arrives in the mail.
Until then, I want to share a lovely collage my dear friend Karen Owen has in her etsy store, Karenink. Her work always has a slightly ephemeral quality to it, and I love the way she plays with eggs and nests. Isn't this lovely?
Somehow, Far Away, So Close ended up in the back of my knitting closet in a bag, and wandered off my radar screen for a couple of months. I picked it back up last week to take along on a trip and have made a good bit of progress.
I have repeats left in the garter and stockinette patterns, and then a long stretch of half linen stitch before I'll be ready to add the ruffle that runs all around it. It's a fun pattern that weaves together a variety of different stitch patterns across a basic bat wing scarf.
My favorite pattern repeats are the eyelet rows and the drop stitch ones.
Although I rarely look forward to blocking anything, with this one, I can't wait to get the stitches all firmed up and see how the colors look. I have an old, quilted purple velvet coat from a long out of business British company, Ghost, and I'm hoping that this will look good tucked inside it on cold days. The Blue Faced Leicester yarn is stunningly soft and non-itchy, making this the perfect scarf.
The last decision to make is about the ruffle. Although the pattern pictures and virtually every knit up version of FASC that I've seen uses a contrasting color for the ruffle, I'm inclined to do it in the same yarn as the body of the scarf. Let's face it -- this colorway has enough going on as it is, and it doesn't need any competition. Since I'm normally your basic black kind of girl when it comes to what I wear on a day to day basis, this scarf is going to be a huge stretch for me, but I am really looking forward to its wooly comfort while traveling up north this winter.