Sunday, Sunday

I spent a few hours in the garden yesterday weeding, planting, and mulching the beds. I’m up for another hour or so this morning if I can make it. Of course, it isn’t my garden, it’s my parents. I don’t have one of my own so I play in theirs. My mom doesn’t have what you would call a green thumb. She manages to kill anything. It’s a skill, really. Anyway, I don’t mind because it’s fun. Today I may talk my father into letting me pick some additional perrenials. He also bought some rose bushes, but I haven’t figured out where I’ll put them yet. It took a few years, but the bleeding hearts and hostas that I planted in ’05 are finally starting to really show themselves. I love it!

I completely forgot that I never posted pictures of my Shetland triangle shawl. Here it is:

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Pattern: Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk in Rose
Needles: 3.5mm 24″ Addi Lace Needles
Started: March 22, 2008
Finished: April 6, 2008

I originally intended to wear this shawl to my cousin’s wedding over a black dress. I didn’t managed to get it finished in time, which was in the end not a problem. It was so cool outside that I ended up wearing a jacket anyway. My mom had planned to wear a shawl I made her as well, and she also had to put on something a little more substantial. I love this pattern, though. I should get another opportunity this summer, or it may go in the Xmas gift basket.

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Castagna Socks Finished

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Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug

Needles: 2.5mm metal DPNs

Started: Way back in October, I think

Finished: 12 April 2008

I managed to get service today, so I’m going to quickly post these finished Colinette Jitterbug socks. I have to admit, it’s really nice yarn. Very similar to STR. The problem is, I must have gotten one of the original skeins where the yardage left much to be desired. As you can see, I had to finish these off with some other stash yarn. I’ve since started a new pair of socks with said yarn (STR lightweight in Beryl). Gorgeous stuff that I hope to be able to show you a finished object of in the coming weeks. I love Socks that Rock. Good thing I have a nice stash, since I won’t be buying any until I’ve used up what I have.

It’s all good, though, since my mom really likes these. You should have seen me trying to make it work. I knew that the first sock was a little too long, so I finished the second sock as far as i could. Then I ripped back the first sock so that the lengths matched. I left the second sock on the needles and re-knit the toe decreases on the first sock until they matched the toe decreases on the second sock. After that I was taking turns, knit 2 rows here, knit 2 rows there. I should have taken a picture of the yarn confusion. I knit them both as long as I could make them with the Jitterbug, then switched to the STR. SO, this is one full skein of Jitterbug knit into a pair of socks with a 6 in leg, fit for a woman with size 7 narrow feet.

At least it kept me busy at work on Saturday. I am not in love with doing Admissions at a very slow hospital on a Saturday. The only redeeming factor is the knitting time.

Photo difficulties

Well, I’ve been planning to post for about a week now.  I finished my most recent Shetland Triangle Shawl a week ago, as well as my Jitterbug socks and the March block for the Stitch DC blanket club.  The problem is, I can’t get the photos loaded.  My computer doesn’t like the sD card on my Panasonic camera.  They’re stuck in there for the time being.  And, I only have internet access on the weekends when I visit my parents.  Today I just happened to be visiting because I’m off.

So, I guess there will be no photos until next week.  I really wanted to share these, too, because I finally feel like I’ve got my knitting groove back and I’m excited about that.  For awhile now, I’ve just been keeping up with what everyone else has been doing, but not really getting in much knitting myself.  I think things started to change with the Hemlock Ring blanket.  The deadline really forced me to knit exclusively on one thing and I began to enjoy myself again.   I’m trying to dedicate myself to two projects at a time again.  One sock project, and a main project that I try to get finished in a reasonable amount of time.  I don’t know how well this will work, but I plan to try for now.

Maybe I’ll be able to post the pictures next week.