Thursday, February 24, 2011

Suddenly Spring

So all of a sudden it is Spring outside.  It went from being about 30-40 F to 60-70 F in about a week.  Not that I'm not happy about being able to go outside for a walk with Evie again, but I was hoping for a decently wintry photoshoot mid-March.  I guess I just forgot how much earlier it gets warm in the Southeastern US compared to the Midwest.  I'm going to have to get my project done quickly if I'm going to get any shots without everything blooming outside.

On the other hand, I'm totally psyched to get started on another lace project.  It might end up being inspired by a book I recently read: Chalice by Robin McKinley.  It is not my favorite one she has written, but it was still enjoyable.  The presence of honey was pervasive, so well see what I end up with and whether I can find some stitch patterns that will play nicely with one another.

Evie is starting to sit up on her own some.  She babbles a bunch and has started to stick out her tongue at people.  It is amazing how much she can do when she is just 6 months old!  Going from not being able to lift her head or smile at someone to sitting up and laughing at funny  It is amazing how fast they grow.  And isn't she sweet, sitting up on our bed?  Awwwww.  I'll leave you with that.  :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A shawl and Evie's first Christmas

Evie's first Christmas was even snowed for her, which is unusual at my parents house.  Next Christmas will be more fun since she'll have a better idea of what is going on.  It is hard to believe how much she has grown already.  She is my sweetheart.  :)

Well, I have at least one finished object to show for all this time.  Here is the Haruni shawl, in fingering weight Panda Silk.  I love the color...It reminds me of autumn leaves.  The drape of this yarn is great, and I have two more skeins to use for something else.

I have another shawlette, Swallowtail, that still needs blocking.  I finished it before Christmas, but didn't have time to block it before we left.  I switched out the nupps for beads, so I'll have to see how I like it.  I also started a pair of socks.  For my husband.  Who has size 15 feet.  I hope to finish before our wool anniversary in 2014, since it will be an off and on project.  That is a reasonable amount of time so long as I don't forget about it.  Anyway, I don't think they will be complete before Christmas.

I am going to work on knitting down some of my stash this year.  Last year I bought quite a bit more than I knit, and it would be super to make a little more space in the yarn chest.  I in fact got some of my laceweight yarns from Knitpicks long enough ago they only carry two of the colorways I haven't used out of eight or so.  I didn't realize they cycled through colorways as fast as they apparently do.

I'm also going to work on having at least one original design on the needles at all times.  This should get me kick started and designing like I really want to do.