The Amazing Adventures of Tom and Bel

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Goin' Back to Cali

I am all attwitter -- yes, literally! -- because it is finally, finally April and we leave for Artfibers, er, California in a matter of days (six days, people! Whoo!).
[I haven't been there in four years, and I need some of their yarn.]

In my obsession with working my way through the all of the Discworld novels, I have become a slacker blogger (and even worse knitter), and there are a few things I need to clear up:

1) The amazingly talented NeedleTart (seriously - her Map of the World Sweater will make you green with envy!) asked about my Olympic project (Jean Moss' Eriskay cardi).
Sad to say, Eriskay has been neglected of late. Here's the latest progress:

This blurry shot (of the upper left front) is the best I could do with the amazing lack of sunshine outside here and the Family Photographer still abed.
It is much crisper and more attractive in person. You can see a bit more from the shot I took with the flash on, though it washes out the color:

Photography is impossible for me with rain of Biblical proportions expected here.
[Aside: Ironically, the forecast for our vacation is exactly the same. Warmer, but just as wet. Do I care? No! I'm going to Artfibers! In mere days! Rain, schmain!]

Eriskay will likely end up being my vacation knitting. I hope to finish the second front by the time we return.
We shall not even speak of poor baby Max, undoubtedly cold and handknit sweater-less, though I finished the knitting of his sweater pieces long ago. Sigh. I would normally hand these off to my dear MIL, who is all about the finishing, but I still would have to make the collar and our gauges just wouldn't match. (Sigh.) I shall have to pull this out from under the wreck that is our office and get serious about it.

And Crystal & Cookie both commented on me a while back (I do apologize, but life seems to be giving me more than I can juggle right now) asking about the Delphine along. As far as hosting a knit along, I stunk.
The knitter who finished (no, not I) was the lovely Dani of Knit Stitch Click, whose brilliant Princess De is a sight to behold (see the February 26 entry).
My attention span has become far too irregular of late. I'm thinking I'll be lucky to get back to my Delphine-inspired project in the next six months, but who knows? As long as it's this year, I'll be happy.

Not to mention the Vittadini-nspired sweater I started in Malabrigo. I am still in love iwth that project, but just dont' have the brain cells left to concentrate on it at the moment. And now I'm lusting after Sauniell's cabled tank top, Calla, as well as one or two of the spring VK sweaters.
Dang - what's a girl gotta do to become independently wealthy 'round here? I need more time to knit!

So what am I actually knitting? Once again (blush, blush) I've gone back to scarves:

I had planned to add this to the gift stash, but the Boy-O has claimed it for his own (the Jo Sharp scarf & hat are on hold til my brains are more functional).
It is again, a lovely and simple thing that I can knit while reading blogs. See?

That's just Moss Stitch (K2, P2 for two rows, then P2, K2 for two rows) done with a strand of whatever black yarns I can find in the stash* combined with a strand of Blue Heron chenille (seriously, y'all, this stuff is ancient. This stuff is so old, they were only selling on eBay at the time. The color is Old Gold.)

The scarf has a ways to go yet, but I think I can get it done before we leave.

*I started with Tencel Wool, and have now moved on to Al*Pa*Ka (both, sadly, discontinued).


  • Wow. Dani made a really gorgeous Delphine sweater. Mine never got off the ground...

    By Blogger claudia, at 8:50 PM  

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