It's true in knitting, and it's true in life. I was not given the opportunity to say a formal goodbye to my friend, Val. Lis never let me know the arrangements. I was not surprised by this. In fact, I would have been more surprised if she had included me. For as "close" a friendship as we had all those years ago, there was always a wall and a competitiveness. A person could only get so close, could only have so many good things happen or be so happy before she would become uncomfortable and withdraw or lash out. I hoped that time and especially the passing of a man who was like a brother to me back then...and much more to her, someone I brought into her life, would have resolved those issues. Sadly, I guess not. I have a lot of pictures and a lot of happy memories, and they are a great comfort. And I am here if she needs me. As I said, all any of us can do is our best. I did...and I'm sure she did, too.
I've been doing a lot of knitting, but it's pretty random. I started the Shalom Cardigan from Megan McFarlane's blog, Involving the Senses. This is such a cool cardi, and I've seen the finished product on several blogs and just drooled over it. So...my turn! I decided to knit in my most all-time ultimate favorite yarn, Universal Yarn Classic Shades in the Grapevine colorway. Is this not the most gorgeous yarn you've ever seen??? I swear I want to knit wallpaper for my house out of this yarn. I cannot get enough of it!
actually, I was a lot farther...I was about 30 rows from being finished. That's when I tried it on...and didn't like it. I don't like clothes that "hug". I'm far beyond the age where it's attractive for this body to wear huggy clothes and, even when I was younger, I didn't want to highlight every curve or lack thereof. Lovely cardigan...fit like a second skin. So...I frogged it. Then I went out on Ravelry and read a bazillion project pages with different notes for adjusting the size and fit. I decided to tackle the project again, using Hummingmoonbeam's alterations. I'm on row 21, and I think this will be a better fit. I love this cardi and am determined to make it fit me well (skim, NOT hug!).
Monday was an exciting day - my lace yarn from My Name Is Yarn arrived from Greece! Wooo-hoooo!!!! This is the yarn I'm using to make Anne Hanson's Pine and Ivy Shawl. I was specifically looking for something very "foresty" but more than just "green", and I thought the Moss 'N Berries colorway was perfect. What do you think?
The next big scary thang - casting on 503 stitches! I hate to cast on. You get me past about 20 stitches and I start twitching. I also tend to cast on very tightly, no matter how hard I try not to. So, I took a deeeeeep breath, grabbed some #7 needles...and I cast on 503 freakin' stitches. I knit the three garter stitch rows for the setup...and then I collapsed in a heap.
No...I really didn't collapse in a heap. I did a little happy dance, snapped Wilbur's harness on him, and we went for a victory walk. While we were out, I did some collecting, and when we got home, I composed this little still life with yarn in honor of my Pine and Ivy Shawl.
The fun never stops!