I love my blog, and I love blogging. But it just seems that time gets away from me and before I know it, I've been away too long again. My last post was written from Washington, DC. Well, that was two weekends ago, and I still haven't done anything with the pictures I took while there. I had a great time, though. Jim and I attended the big (and I mean BIG - 250,000 people BIG) "Rally for Sanity" on the Mall. Jim is not much for crowds, but afterwards, even he admitted that it was fun. We were way, way back from the stage, and could barely see the huge tv screens they had set up. It was also very hard to hear at times, but most of the fun and messages got through, so it was definitely worth it. There were so many great signs being carried by attendees, and lots of costumes - Halloween and otherwise. Give me a few days and I'll get around to putting some of them up here. We also attended the Washington International Horse show. Lots of fun there too, including Jack Russell terrier races, beautiful horses, wonderful riders young and old, and other interesting exhibitions. The big event was the $100,000 President's Cup jumping competition. Olympic level riders and horses going over big jumps for big money. Even Jim had a good time, and he is definitely NOT interested in horses. Photos from the arena to follow soon, too.
But this post is all about knitting, and for a change, mostly for others. So here goes....
First up, socks. For Jim! He requested some warm socks to wear this winter in DC. I was lucky to find some great guy colors at Knitch, and started right in with a brown pair.
- The Classic Sock from "2-At-A-Time Socks" My usual sock template, plus the pattern, which is just a K3,P2 rib. Definitely a classic.
- Zitron Trekking Tweed #255. Very soft.
Then there was a flurry of hat knitting...
- Butterfly Beret. A lovely pattern, knit as a chemo cap for my friend, Nancy, who has just started chemo following a double mastectomy. She's doing great, and just beginning to lose her hair - unfortunately just in time for it to get cold. Hats to the rescue! (BTW, check the comments for this hat on Ravelry - there is an uncorrected error in the pattern. You'll most likely figure it out on your own, but just to be safe...)
- Southwest Trading Company Optimum DK (discontinued.) This stuff is SOFT! Try as I might, though, I could not get the color right. It's "Plum" and like the fruit is a deep, rich purple.
- Shedir. Another hat for Nancy. I've made quite a few of these chemo caps, and have heard they are especially nice to wear for sleeping.
- Rowan Calmer in "Kiwi."
- Twisted Rib Watch Cap. This one is for my riding instructor, Mark, who HATES the cold. It's thick, warm, and very soft. And most importantly, superwash wool. When I first started back into knitting some years ago, this was one of the first patterns I used. It's a good "go to" hat for anyone.
- Brooks Farm "Solana." Yum.
- I don't know if this one will stay with me or be a gift. It's the Purl Ridge Scarf. I made another earlier this year, and LOVE wearing it. It is a long loop that can be twisted into a neck warmer. When I make another, I'm going to do more center repeats, because then it can easily be looped around and pulled over my head, while still keeping the neck warm.
- Brooks Farm "Mas Acero". Wool/Silk/Viscose, it's drapey and soft. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to part with it.
Now, big drumroll....................................
THE WEDDING SHAWL!!!!
And the lovely soon-to-be bride.
- Queen Silvia Shawl from "Knitted Lace of Estonia" This was a wonderful project to knit. It included 1200 nupps over the 24 pattern repeats, but they were not a problem. The technique used for picking up the border made an easy job of it, too. Overall, I'd have to say this was the most satisfying lace project I've ever done.
- Jaggerspun Zephyr in "Vanilla." 50% merino wool/50% silk - as good as it gets. Made an amazingly soft and flowing shawl. I cannot wait to see it paired with Jessica's beautiful wedding gown. Ahhhh.
So there you have it, many of the things that have been keeping me busy these days. I'm working on another knitted project now, of course, but have several non-knitting things to get done before Thanksgiving. Actually, I have a long list of things to do, and I'm trying my best to get at least a few done every day. One of them is a blog post about my DC adventures. I'll boost that up the priority a bit and see if I can't get back soon.
On a related blog note, I've let my reading of all my friends' blogs fall far down the things I do when online every day. But I'm going to make a big effort to change that. I've gotten sucked into the Ravelry forums and I'm finding that it's really just empty time. I need to reconnect with all of you, and be a better reader, commenter, and friend. Look for me soon on your blog!