Any Takers? Come on some of you guys must have a project on the needles you can share. JRob
I've been immersed in translation monkery for the past week, and when I can get out it's for musical purposes. And the days have been *so* beautiful. But I will get knitting again soon, as soon as the magazine translation is over and the weather turns to crap. ;)
I've been busily -- if sporadically -- working on more Hollywood Knit designs -- about half-way through a Charlie Chaplin section right now.
Finished piece is going to be about 6 feet by 6 feet and contain 16 movie star portraits: Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Jean Harlow, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable, Chaplin, and I think Groucho Marx. Some of them I've posted earlier. Waiting till more of it is assembled before posting again. Already thinking about the next project: maybe rock stars of the '60s.
Otherwise, have been devoting time and energy to understanding Medicare/Medicaid. I hate bureaucratic red tape.
My current sock has been in the works since mid-July. And I want to get it over with! However, I've ripped back twice and am now over halfway done with the foot. Then, however, I get to start the second one. But it will be worth it...lots of good compliments on it. If I ever learn to manage pictures with my camera, I can start posting them.
Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.
I have been working on a new pair of socks out of the Red Heart acrylic/wool blend that we got from the retreat. It's not a bad yarn to use. It is heavy worsted weight, but I am using US5 needles so it is very tight. I will wear the pair under my winter boots this winter for hiking. I have one foot done, and am trying to make some fun cable designs up the leg to the cuff. I'm not having good luck with it, but I am learning what not to do.
Other than that, I am really struggling through my last year of teaching. It's difficult because while I still love teaching and working with 12-13yo kids, I dislike the new direction that education is going. I am saddened because I had always hoped that my last year would be my best. I had my best two years ago, so I live in that memory. Knitting helps...a little Xanax doesn't hurt now and then either. Pray for me, boys. It's going to be a looooong year.
Just hang in there, Mark. I hope things improve and you aren't so stressed by semester end and the end of the year.
I gave away the Red Heart yarn I got at retreat: The color suited a project my friend, Mollie, had in mind and I figured it would be better to just give it to her than let it languish. Now, the sock yarn - which has had lots of people offer to take off my hands - isn't going anywhere. Mine. [Unless I make it into an anniversary gift for a friend.]
I have been far too busy moving house and watching the Americas Cup Race---at the moment we are equal in score with America and tomorrow is another day and New Zealand needs to win!!!!!
Working on a baby blanket for my Brother and Sister in Laws (expecting in November... not quite certain I'll be finished.) It's a gingham patter on the ends and checkered (k/p) in the middle. Strangely, I recently realized that I've never knit a baby blanket before. Unfortunately, it means I put my youngest's sweater on hold (AGAIN!) -- I try to knit each of my girls a sweater each year and this is LAST YEAR's sweater.... :-( She, of course, doesn't know - she's 3 and still occasionally wears the one from the year before. Still, feeling a bit behind-the-ball.
In other news though, I sold my beloved Kromski spinning wheel and recently ordered a Schacht Sidekick (which is drastically more portable -- something I needed). Sad to see my first wheel go, HOWEVER, the new one is scheduled to arrive Friday and I can't wait!!
Grace and peace,
The sidekick is a nice wheel. We were able to tour the Schacht plant during the first Rocky Mountain Retreat and saw them being made. I know Quinton likes his so much that he sold his first wheel and even considered buying a second one.
The blanket sounds lovely. If nothing else, make the youngest daughter a really smashing sweater to make up for the delay...providing it doesn't trigger sibling jealousy, of course.
I've got three rows left on the prototype of "Cold Comfort" - one of a series of shawl patterns based on "Old Shale" - with differing patterns of where the increases occur and how the additional lace is added in as the stitches per repeat increase.
MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation
I signed up for Alasdair's Adventures in Double-Knitting, at Craftsy. They offered a first class for $15. I could not resist. Guess the book will have to wait.
Casted-on for my first sweater. It is a seamless, top down, raglan cardigan.
I have been toying with the idea of a knitted lampshade. Might be a good use for some of my acrylic yarn. Most acrylic is translucent, I bet it will glow nicely. I already have the wire (top with brass washer, and ring for the bottom) work will let me buy them at cost. I can get just the metal pieces, or the wire already mounted on styrene. Just about any size is available. If anyone else is interested, message me.