The Summer of Lace was my knitting group’s latest knitalong. It started officially on the Summer Solstice and ended today, the Autumnal Equinox. Sounds cool, huh? I can assure you that I had nothing to do with tying it into the cool seasons. Me? I just try to knit according to the theme for the most part.
Hanami was my chosen project for the Summer of Lace, and it was a tough one. As you can see, I didn’t finish it, so for me, it’s more like the Neverending Summer of Lace. I just finished Chart A and only six more charts to go. Gulp. I. Must. Finish. Hanami. because when it’s done, it’ll be gorgeous. Here’s where she is right now. She looks tiny and will have to be aggressively blocked to be even just a decent sized scarf. I chose to keep my sanity and only complete five basketweave repeats, instead of the proscribed seven.
Even though Hanami is still a wip, I did finish another lace project, the Lacy Skirt with Bows. It was the “official” lace project, but it still had a decent amount of lace and it’s done. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a modeled shot of her this week.
In the middle of the Hanami drama (is that Hanama?), I’m still working diligently on Ariann. I have bound off for the underarms, and am casting on for a sleeve. Let’s hope I can cruise through sleeve island in a decent amount of time.
We’re easing back into school, which is a good thing because it means more knitting time for me. I felt that familiar “ooh-shiny” feeling of excitement to impulsively cast-on the Basic Chic Hoodie by Bonne Marie Burns with some cotton fleece in stash. And then I talked myself off the ledge. I remembered, I had Ariann, another Bonne Marie pattern, in the snoozing pile, and I was itching to dig her out and start her up again. I guess that means I’m ready for cool weather and sweaters.
Before I could give myself over to Ariann, I knew I had to finish up my Lacy Skirt with Bows. I didn’t want Silvia to be the only one who finishes projects when we have our bicoastal mini-kals. Check out how ooh-la-la! she looks in her skirt. So I dug in and dug myself out, and another knitted skirt has emerged. My gauge was off from the beginning, and this one looked small from the get go. It’s being stretched on the rack , er, I mean, blocking aggressively now after a long soak. Fingers crossed that it’ll fit better than sausage casing (sorry for that bad mental image). Here she is being pinned to within an inch of her life.
And here’s Ariann. It took me a while of studying the pattern to remember the repeats, but I stuck with it and worked through my confusion. It’s a bottom up pattern, and I’m at the waist increases. The wool is oh so nice to work with after weeks of working with the raw silk of Shibu.
Have a great weekend and I hope you get some knitting done.
Today is the first day of school. My reaction? HURRAY! I need some alone me time.
Sweetie Boy is a middle schooler now. He got picked up at 7:15 this morning for his zero period band class. No more taking him to school on the first day. He caught a ride with his friend. No more lunch boxes. Brown bags only, I am told. So much to learn and so much little boy stuff I’ll miss. Sigh.
Sweetie Girl is still in elementary school but acts like a high schooler. Sigh. She’s sportin’ the Britney Spears look. I am very afraid if her future is an inkling like Britney’s.
BTW, I did not buy her those boots. They were a gift and now they are her FAVORITE.
Thanks for the good luck you sent to the Sweeties for their soccer weekend. It worked! We had a double champion household this weekend. I couldn’t make it to Sweetie Boy’s tourney, so the bad picture is courtesy of Sweetie Hubby’s camera phone.
Hoping to resume knitting soon. I miss it. Maybe that’s why I’m so crabby. Nah, I’m crabby even when I’m knitting.