Monday, May 18, 2009

Hip To Be Square

Yikes it's been two weeks since I posted....! I've had to do some marathon secret knitting which won't be public for a few more months....(so hard not to share)....despite the stress of the short amount of time to get it completed (there was a big delay on my yarn getting to me) I was very happy with how it turned out.

However during the past few days I did manage to squeeze out a few squares for Larrisa Brown's Barn Raising Quilt charity benefit to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Info can be found here. There is still plenty of time for you to know you've got some left over sock yarn in that stash of yours....and these don't take long to make.

Despite working hard on writing up the pattern of said secret knitting I've found myself casting on for a new Shetlandtrader design in the Malabrigo Sock yarn I recently you can see lots of gartery goodness so will be a shawl made using one of the traditional Shetland construction methods.

Here's a sneaky wee peek of the secret knitting....hard to work in wool when we're having such ridiculous temps already....the kids and I spent the entire weekend in the pool!
And my last bit of question.....I'm think of upgrading to the above...anyone have anything to share on it's pros and cons?

Monday, May 4, 2009

North to East

(Mosaic of greeny and stoney things-all my own pics)!

The arrival of May heralded the end of the first quarter of Project Spectrum. My ambitious plans of knitting the Astrid Shawl were thwarted early on when I realized that the web-like motifs were too demanding for my addled designing brain. I needed something simpler and soothing that I could come to in calmer moments.
Therefore I decided to knit Laura Chau's Simple Yet Effective Shawl.
Just the ticket and even though it's on the small side it's going to be a cozy neck warmer for the cooler months back East.......

...and speaking of East, that is the new spectrum for the next couple of months.....feels very apt considering we'll be spending about 5 days driving in that direction in June! Other elements to think of will be yellow, air, wood and Spring (think spring has already passed me by here in California)!
I'll be fondling this lovely buttery malabrigo sock yarn and trying to decide what I want it to be (it has a mate too).....before that though I have some serious secret knitting to get on with!!