Once again, I've let the blog languish far too long. Sorry about that. But I have some goodies to show off.
First, I want to prove that Chris' assessment of what was going on in my kitchen was correct. My husband thought that Socks was leaping up to grab the refrigerator magnets/finger puppets he got me for Christmas. But Chris has two adventurous cats, and her explanation was that the kitties were actually attacking from atop the 'fridge. Yup.
The psychoanalysts are now stowed safely out of cat's reach (although I'm beginning to think a little analysis might not be amiss for them!)
I also managed to finish projects #2 and #3 on my Mission Possible 2008 list.
First up, Birdsfoot Scarf.
I wish I could have captured the deep beauty of this colorway (Storm Petrel.) Not just blues, but also bits of purples and red, it just glows in the sunshine. The yarn itself, Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-ply, is a dream to knit. Rustic, yet not overly harsh, it is not at all splitty, and has a lovely squishy quality. I think it is one of the very best things I've ever knit. It (almost) makes me wish I lived somewhere cold so I could wear it every day, all winter long. And if you've never done a lace pattern, I highly recommend this for a first project. The pattern is an easy and enjoyable one.
My next finish was a quick one.
Purl Bumps Hat. The pattern is by the same woman who designed the Bumpy Handpaint hats I finished a few weeks ago. I bought these back in 2006, and neither had a picture of the finished product, so I had no idea what they were going to look like. I was a bit dubious about this one, as it was clear it was going to be a bit different. But now that it's done, I really like it. Here's me wearing it.
I love how it's kind of floppy. It begins with a 4-stitch i-cord that you then increase into to start the crown. And it ends with a 4-stitch i-cord bindoff, a technique that I've never tried before. It did come out a bit loose, but that's a plus - much less chance of "hat hair" (I hope.) The yarn is one skein of a LeichesterLongwool/Finn/Mohair handpaint blend that I bought at SAFF 2007. It's so soft, and was fabulous to knit with. The maker does not have a website, so I'm definitely on the lookout for her when I go back later this year.
Yesterday, Ms. Knit Witch and her lovely husband stopped by Knitch. They brought along some samples of their wonderful yarn bowls, and before they could get all of them out of the box, they were swarmed by eager knitters. Of course, being a collector of pottery, I had to have one.
Their newer designs have a slit above the hole, so you can slip the yarn in and out easily to swap out your projects, and I can see how that would be a very useful feature. But I really love this little bowl, and it's going to get a lot of use. Wanna bet I'll be get one of the other type, as well? You should definitely go get one of your very own - there are lots of great designs.
Now, what to work on next???