Celebrating some FOs

Ever have one of those FO’s that you are really, really glad to have done? This week I finished the Lily seater in Euroflax linen by Louet.

It came out well — a bit of fudging with the styling to accomodate my shorter, curvier shape, but the fiber is very tough on the hands. I will be knitting with only very soft stuff for a while. In addition, because I am a loose knitter, this baby was done on size 0 addi turbos. It was like knitting a very, very large sock for an elephant with twine.

Did I mention that I really liked the outcome? In that respect, it is, I fear, a lot like having a baby — so much fun at the end that I’ll forget the process.

I also finished a hat and socks of my own design for a cute baby in my life.

So, what do I do to celebrate — yep, head straight to the lys for a fix! Got me some Sierra in a couple of nice colors to make a Tomato for me, now that I realize what a lovely pattern it is because of the one I made for my cousin. LYS owner talks me into some Regia bamboo to take to knit a sampler sock — I’m using the Jaywalker pattern, since it seems to work with almost any yarn, and I’ve wanted to try it.


Wrapped in Alison’s Warmth

Today I headed to Marin Fiber Arts for the booksigning with the wonderful, amazing, gentle spirit that is incarnated as Alison Hyde.

She brought her wonderful shawls for us to admire and drool over, and although the sun is not great for her, she would not remain alone, but joined us on the floor, refusing to take a proffered chair – there’s a humorous story she told about a couch, but it is her story, and I leave it to her to tell it.

The book is lovely and wonderful too. Thce shawls really do work so much better than others that I have seen, and lucky me, the Carlsbad scarf is perfect for some bombyx silk from Ellen’s ½ Pint Farm that I bought at Stitches West earlier this year. And I will decide on whether a shawl is in my future.

She laughed with Patricia, of the very cool Sea Socks ’08

took photos herself

and posed with me and Warren Agee, owner and inspiration of Marin Fiber Arts.

It was a good day!