Evenstar has been put on temporary hold once again, as have the Hearts Abound socks and the Ruffled Edge Wrap. This week, I've been focusing my knitting time on smaller projects and projects I could finish fairly quickly. Since the Ruffled Edge Wrap is something I won't actually wear until next fall and it's an easily memorizable pattern, it's going to be my official knitting group project. And I'll be picking up those two little-needle projects as my hand improves. Right now, it seems to be happiest knitting with #7 and larger needles.
My last post mentioned some health issues going on with both Wilbur and Pete, and I spent Monday and Tuesday chauffeuring both of them to medical appointments. Pete's back injury is not as severe as we had feared - he strained his sacroiliac joint lifting a 75-pound bass amp. He's been working from home this week and slowly getting better. He also had his quarterly follow-up with his oncologist yesterday, and all is well on that front (YAY!).
Wilbur is probably beginning to show signs of arthritis. The vet couldn't find any specific areas that were "touchy", but his symptoms kind of point to lower back/hip discomfort. He and Pete are taking the exact same pain medication. It's upsetting Wilbur's stomach, and we'll probably have to change to a different one. It's making Pete sleepy. He's quite happy being sleepy right now. LOL!
The totally awesome yarn bowl I ordered from Temptations a month or so back arrived, and I picked it up this morning. I also picked up a couple other things, just to celebrate the bowl's arrival.
|The Awesome Yarn Bowl|
|Other Thing #1: Malabrigo Rios in Primavera|
|Other Thing #2: Malabrigo Rios in Solis|
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multy in Brown/Grey/Charcoal
Date Started: February 16, 2011
I'm so excited! I've done two whole pattern repeats of the straight section, and now I understand how this pattern works. Seriously, up till now, I was just knitting along, thinking, "Yeah, right...". But I have seen the Clapotal light! This yarn is kind of weird and crunchy textured which is kind of fun. I'm not sure what will happen to it once it's blocked. Oh, and please disregard that needle stuck on the right side of the photo - this project just LOVES to roll, and I used the needle to hold my work in place so I could show off those two wonderful drop-stitch rows.
Baby Boy 5-Hour Sweater
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in 0517 Nautical Blue
Date Started: February 25, 2011
Progress: 45% (1 hour, 46 minutes)
Hmmm...at the rate I'm going, I'll have this baby for the baby done in a little over three hours. Warp Speed Knitting! LOL! This is a really interesting spot in this sweater...let me explain. There at the top...that little curliqued circular needle...that's the left front of the sweater. That square thing on the left, anchored by the straight needle...that's the left sleeve! The remainder of the sweater is on the larger circular needle of which you can only see the right point in the picture. I have about six more rows to work on the sleeve, then will bind off all the stitches, slip stitch the sleeve seam together, and knit back across to the other side to work the right sleeve. This is a fascinating project - I'll need to take more pictures for your enjoyment!!
Oh, and here's a sneak preview of a future WIP using some amazing yarn I bought from one of my favorite yarnies, Wolles Yarn Creations, source of that amazing rainbow colored yarn I used last year for my Luna Moth Shawl.
Echo Flower Shawl. It's gonna rock!
You rock, too - thanks for reading!