Thursday, February 16, 2012

More Knitting

The knitting bug is still with me.

Sadly, I had to abandon the green sweater (my unstable Audrey - maybe I should have called it something else).  It was turning out too big and I spotted a considerable error, so I will be unraveling it and either using the wool for another project or restarting with smaller needles or a smaller size...I'm not quite sure yet.  It kind of depressed me as I had got quite far, so I've decided to just wait and think about it for awhile.

In the meantime I started another sweater.  This one is by designer Elsebeth Lavold and is called "Tilia".  I am knitting it in her wool called Silky Wool in a brilliant Blue.  Blue is not normally a colour I choose for myself but it was on sale and I'm a sucker for sales.

 Not too far along yet, but a good start.

I ended up giving the shawl I made in the light green cashmere to my daughter in law (well, my almost daughter in law)...she loved it and it looks great on her.
She's not bored, just tired..

I have got sidetracked from the sweater by another project from Laura Nelkin.  She's the designer I took the course from to learn Lace knitting.  I signed up for a Mystery KAL (Knit-a-long) for a design called "Kinetic".  It's a shawl type item but also has beads all through it.   It's going to be gorgeous, but is proving to be quite a challenge.  The beads just won't behave all the time and just when I think I've got it, I make a mistake and have to tink back to my lifeline.  I'm not very far along (hey, it's not a race) and I've found I can only knit during the day when I'm all alone as it takes a lot of concentration.  Any distractions means more mistakes for me.  It sounds frustrating but it really isn't.  I'm expanding my brain...ha ha..

The beads are beautiful...there are lots of colours in them but sadly the picture just doesn't do them justice.  Hopefully by my next update, I'll be further along.

Since I have given away the 2 shawls I made with the course, I needed one for myself.  I've started knitting a Fiddlesticks pattern called "Peacock Feathers Shawl" and I'm loving it.  This is what I've been knitting in the evenings.  I'm using Madeline Tosh Merino Light wool in the colour Saffron.  The colour is amazing.  I really like the colours of fall and luckily they are the colours I look best in.

I pulled this out and pinned it so you can see the pattern emerging

Update on Chelsea's Project

I am starting to receive the completed squares for Chelsea's Project.  I have 7 of them now and they all look stunning.  13 more to go.  I can't start putting them together until I get them all though and we're thinking that probably won't happen till around June nowl  Once I get all 20 squares I'll be going to the fabric store to find a fabric to separate them with and then a complimentary border print....and then'll be sewn together, quilted and then shipped off to Chelsea's mom in New Orleans.

My amazing son

A few posts back I wrote about how Greg and I were travelling home from Utah and stopped in Mt Vernon Washington to see if we could find Richard who was Riding in the "Ride to Conquer Cancer" from Vancouver to Seattle.  This was in June of 2011.

Well, he's doing it again this year and decided to make a video to try and raise awareness and sponsors for the event.  This video is one of the funniest things I have seen on You-Tube (Ok, I'm a little partial because it's my kid, but what the heck)...You MUST watch it !!!!..It'll put a smile on your face and will make you laugh...and if you are feeling generous follow the link right under it and make a donation if you want to (anything, even $5 is appreciated) donation required to watch this video though.  He made it all himself and said it was a lot of fun...  I love the end shot...

Don't let the title fool you, it's a tongue in cheek look at fitting in practicing while dealing with the day to day activities we all have.

Till next time.....


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, my gosh!! You have more projects going than I do!! LOL! Are we just crazy or what? ;)

That Peacock pattern is looking so beautiful. I love the color Saffron!

I was so happy to finish my Kinetik and the more hours that pass after finishing it, the more I love it! Ha! Ha! The beads did get on my nerves sometimes!

I'll be looking forward to seeing yours finished, too! blessings ~ tanna

leeni1176 said...

Thanks Tanna....I'm having trouble getting back to Kinetik as I'm obsessed with the's fun and easy...but yes, we are crazy..

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Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Ahhh... I look forward to seeing more of the peacock.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I had to come back and watch that video again after your visit!! Your son is amazing! thank you so much for your encouraging words. blessings and best wishes ~ tanna

leeni1176 said...

Thanks so much Tanna....and you're right he is pretty amazing (but then I'm a little partial..ha ha)