On Topic

Remember in high school, or college if you were liberal art-ish, when the teacher wrote in red pen “off topic?”  Come on, some of y’all are as chatty as I am, so I know I’m not alone.  Well, after quite a bit of not-so knitting content, I’m pleased to announce this post is about (!!) knitting.

First, there’s an FO, but you have to go to Ravelry to see it.  I’ll show everyone later this month, and it still needs to be blocked, but my first “real” (read: not sock, needs blocking) lace project was completed last night.  I can’t say I’m crazy about the pattern.  I’d planned to do several of ’em, but maybe not now.  I found the center repeat portion beyond tedious.  The pattern calls for 29 repeats, but I only did 22 because the recipient is short, and I STILL wanted to slit my wrists, even at the tortoise’s pace of two repeats daily.  The two end sections?!  Easy, breezy, no hassle.  It’s not just the repetition; I just had to REALLY concentrate on the center section, and the Knight kept wanting me to look at assorted dogs online, Mugsy coughed and/or wanted out and/or to play ball, the phone rang, etc.  I’ll start a draft of a review post for later.

Then, I couldn’t help myself; I cast on last night for the next lace project.  It’s the Tuscon Lattice Shawl from the new 101 DESIGNER One-Skein Projects.  No, it wasn’t on my original list of shawls for this yarn, but see above; I think I have Knitter’s ADD.  This is a sweet, quick 4-row (with the two odd numbered ones being “purl to end”) pattern, on BIG needles.  It will be a lovely, light wrap for a special lady, and with only one repeat, I’ve memorized the pattern already.  Sorry socks; this is the travel piece of the season.  That, and I just adore having the NH Knitting Mama’s alpaca yarn run through my fingers.  (She has more.  Go get ya’ some.)

Last, but hardly least, more knitterly goodness arrived in the mail yesterday.  I’d ordered from Michelle’s Etsy shop.  Fun and festive, eh?  And note the cute little sock-sized marker on the thank you! 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to knit with the smooshy alpaca.  You don’t care if I fail to do Christmas cards in favor of more knitting, do you?

10 comments on “On Topic

  1. Amanda says:

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the yarn! Can’t wait to see the progress. (Thanks for the plug!)

    I love your new goodies, too!

  2. Mary says:

    neat goodies! and yes, I was top in my class for being chatty ..lol Love the color of the new project, can’t wait to see it done. Guess I’ll have to go sign into Ravelry for the other 🙂

  3. Anita says:

    This is a really nice blue there, can’t wait to see more of it!

    Now those stitch markers are just too cute! I’m gonna have to go check out Michelle’s shop! You know that is why I sell mine… so I can buy everyone else’s goodies!! 🙂

  4. Robin in VA says:

    Mmmmmm..Blue it’s so pretty, can’t wait to see it finished! How cute are those stitch markers?

  5. Dianne says:

    I just went to Ravelry, and love the project. I also added you as a friend. 🙂

  6. nichole says:

    Michelle’s stuff is amazing, huh?

  7. Sue says:

    Way to go Chan, I knew you could do it. Your first lace project in now “in the bag” and you can just get on with others now with no fear. As the Aussies say, “goodonya”.

  8. Darn I thought your Ravelry name was KnitTea, but I can’t find ya! I know you are in my friends list somewhere! LOL
    Can’t wait to see you lace project!

  9. Anne says:

    WOOHOOO! Congrats =) I can’t wait to see it – I’ll have to head over to Ravelry. Did you block yet?

  10. Criquette says:

    Beautiful lace project – can’t wait to see it FO’d.
    When I wrote papers in grad school, they’d have so much red ink, it looked like someone had bled all over it!

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