Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Plans and UFOs (unfinished objects)

Last night was the K.N.I.T. Guild meeting (Knitting Needles In Tulsa), and we had a really good time. During the summer months we don't have a formal meeting, just show and tell and knit and gab time. I got to know Penny a little more (hi Penny!) which was fun. At the last meeting she came to (which was also her first meeting LOL) there were a lot of people and it was kind of a wild meeting, so I didn't get a chance to talk to her then. It was so fun to sit next to her and gab. She's one of the fastest throwers I've seen, next to Loretta (the Sock Queen of Tulsa).

Since a lot of the meeting was knit and gab time I managed to finish the second clue of the Mystery Stole, so I'm done until Friday. It's really dark and rainy here so I might have to resort to an indoor shot with flash, but I'm going to hold off until this afternoon and see if I can get a natural-light picture.

I took the opportunity to spread out the Shetland Tea Shawl and take a picture. I'm on border repeat #42, so only 30 more to go!

(Did you catch the sarcasm there? Only 30 more.) It was free enough of the needles that I was able to wrap it around me, and I think it's going to be big enough to actually wear! I'm pretty excited because the original size wouldn't have been wearable for me--it would just have barely met in the front. It felt really good when I swung it around my shoulders.

Remember the swatch I posted a few days ago? Here's a refresher:

I realized that the swatch has been through the washer and dryer at least six times, so really it's not doing too badly. Sande pointed out that it would pill under the arms, but I've got store-bought sweaters that pill so it's not something I'm unfamiliar with. So, I've decided to go for it. The yarn is a hemp/cotton blend and I'll make a raglan out of it. It'll be a very casual sweater. At least that's the plan right now! I'm going to try to finish the broken-rib Bernat Satin sweater before I start a new project for me. I haven't taken any pictures of it yet because it's still just about 3/4 of the sleeves, but maybe if the weather clears up I'll pull that project out and take pictures. Here's a very rough sketch of my idea:

The white parts will be blue, the dark parts will be dark brown, and the yoke will be a variegated that has blue and brown in it. It's going to be a very warm sweater. I like the yarn, although there's no doubt it's acrylic. I'd originally thought about steeking the center front, but I"ve decided to just work it back and forth on circs. I don't mind purling, plus having the sides in dark brown require intarsia techniques.

Tonight is the weekly Sit and Stitch at Panera and hopefully we'll get to meet Robin, with whom Rori and I have been emaling through the Oklahoma Knitters list. I love it when internet knitting friends become real-life knitting friends. I don't know if Rebecca is going to make it or not, but I sure hope so! We have yet to meet in person, too.

It's a darn good thing that deadlines come up every so ofter or I'd never get anything done. :-)


Opal said...

Your Shetland Tea Shawl is truly amazing. I just love that colour.

Romi said...

::gasp:: That Shetland Tea Shawl is exquisite! Wow.