Thursday, September 27, 2007

Graceful Is as Graceful Does

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

Thank you, Ceallach Knits, this is pretty close to how I conceive of myself.

Last week I stepped out the patio door to give The Boys a treat (I prefer NOT to give dogs treats in the house). When I was young, back around the time of the First Crusade, I sprained my right ankle, and it has been weak ever since. This having been said, right ankle decided to give way on the top step, I heard a loud crunching noise, and down I went. Oddly enough, and in spite of the spectacular sound effects, nothing was broken, but, oh, did I ever mess my ankle up. Two days on crutches, and now hobbling around with a cane.

On the up side, I finished the eternal sock and knitted and finished another pair. Both of these are Regia from stash, which I bought on two separate trips to Hamburg. Delving deeper into the stash box I found 10 balls of Passport Dublin, a wool/acrylic blend made for Michaels and discontinued almost as soon as it came out. I think I have enought for an Oregon Vest for me, which would be nice, as the one I knitted for myself last year was much too big and ended up given to a friend who loved it and wore it a lot (and hopefully still wears it).

Friday, September 07, 2007

Bunch O' FO's

The past month has not been all that busy, but I have spent most of it holed up under a rock. My mother and daddy always taught me that feeling depressed and moody was part of life at times, but to fall prey to it was pure self-indulgence. Well, sometimes you have to indulge yourself. So I did. Or, rather DIDN'T -- go anywhere, that is, or call anyone, or do much of anything, or even want to.

That having been said, I do have a few small knitting items to report on.

#1. Lavender dishrag in Sugar & Cream

#2. Green face cloth in Knitpicks Cotlin (which knits up very nicely)

#3. Almost finished the 2nd sock

#4. Continuing the Faux Russian Shawl, I am half-way through the 4th repeat. There are supposed to be 5 1/2 repeats. 96 rows per repeat. By the end, there will be 526 rows in the body of the shawl. A lot of shawl. This is how long it is right now, unblocked, unstretched, just lying across the dining table:

The bottom edging is knit first, your turn the corner, pick up stitches for the body, and everything works up from there.

The shawl has some nice detailing in the center

Side edge trim is knitted as the beginning and end of each row

#5 Finally, the greatest FO of all:

I present to you Armand James Paul Hetzer