I've been hard at work on projects that, except for one, can't be shown on the blog yet. So many secrets! But one was revealed yesterday, as the Sunday knitters group came to my house to sit, knit, and celebrate Steve's 5oth birthday. There were snacks, birthday cake, and presents. I gave Steve a selection of soaps (mango, hemp, cedar, and sea salt,) as well as a few knitted items - specifically kitchen towels and dishcloths. I made that choice because I saw him knitting some Mason-Dixon Ball Band Dishcloths for himself, and thought it would be fun to add to his collection.
The orange one is the Moss Grid Hand Towel from Mason-Dixon Knitting, and the others are the same with pattern variations. The brown is stockinette/reverse stockinette and the green is a pattern called "Sugar Cube" from the Vogue Stitchionary Knit & Purl book. The dish cloths below correspond to the towels, with the exception of the green/brown Ball Band Dishcloth from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book.
The yarn for all is Knit Picks CotLin, a blend of 70%cotton/30% linen. I used a size 4 needle, which produced a firm, yet drapey fabric. The colors are Cashew, Cedar, and Clementine.
Last weekend was Stitches South, and as usual I had a fabulous time. Shopping, sitting and knitting, and a lovely dinner at Scalini's. I didn't win any of the prizes, but the wonderful food more than made up for that. As did being with my friends all day. I was fairly restrained in my purchases this year. I bought enough yarn and a pattern to make a vest for my friend in Minneapolis, as well as two skeins of Miss Bab's sock yarn in French Marigold for a shawl, four skeins of Isagar Alpaca 2 in a light blue, two skeins of Sanguine Gryphon sock yarn in an unnamed colorway (pinks and purples) to do the Weekend Shawl, and one skein of Lisa Souza Silk Lace in a glowing green. Sorry, no pictures, too lazy. I also bought a new Trindle - I just can't resist them. As it turns out, this was a fortuitous purchase. Look what the Easter Bunny (otherwise known as my cousin, Gayle) sent me from Alaska....qiviuq!!!
Oh. MY!!!! Isn't she the best!
I don't think I've shown off the gift I made for my daughter-in-law's birthday, either. She loves to cook, so I sewed an apron for her. It's the Amy Butler Domestic Goddess Apron. Very cute, and not at all hard to do. I especially like that Amy Butler uses regular tissue for her patterns - so much easier than heavy paper.
That's about it for now. By next week, I'll be able to show off my latest finished project, and then there is still one waiting in the wings, along with several shawls I could show, if only I'd get on the ball and block them. Sigh.