A great birthday present

My clergy gal friends are not knitters, but they managed to get me something for my knitting that I don’t own, a beautiful yarn bowl:

It’s from a Darn Good Yarn – and so beautifully finished! I have never used one, which is kinda funny, so now I get to learn!

The cats were very curious too:


FOs: Colorwash Scarf, and an Item of My Own Devising

Yesterday was a day of finishing some items that have been on the needles for a while – and it felt very good!

First-up: the Colorwash Scarf

This was a super simple pattern of basic lace with changing of yarns every couple of rows. It grows and grows, and midway through it I realized that I am drowning in beautiful shawls – so this should be a gift. One of my staff is always wearing shawls and oversize scarves, and she just graduated so viola! I made it bigger than the pattern because my staffer is tall, and short doesn’t work:

The colors worked really well! Project details here.

I also managed to finish the shell I had been working on – remember that I used some cheap cone yarn – linen and cotton – from Colourmart – that you have to wash either before or after you knit it.

In this case, I knit it with the oils in, and then threw into the washer in warm water. This pattern follows a version I did before and liked. All in all, it came out well – although I’d put in a small gusset at each of the underarms that I did for the first version, and didn’t for this one:

I wore it today – it’s a tad tighter than I want (but I need to drop some pounds, so that works out), but a great fiber choice for summer!


Little knitting occurred

Over Memorial Weekend we had a family wedding. It was above San Francisco, in Lake County, with a farm theme. This was the bride’s side of women in the family:

That evening, there was much steaming of the lovely wedding gown by the bride’s sister:


The couple was lovely, and many warm wishes given on a stunning spring-like day:

Surprisingly little knitting occurred in the last couple of weeks. There was much running around for the wedding, and since then, there’s been a lot going on in clergy-land. This past week has been busy – I was out three evenings in a row, and plenty happening during the day as well. Determined to keep up the knitting, I managed to bring along my knitting bag:

Isn’t it cute? One my clergy colleagues, Bill L., who is a maker and will learn anything, decided to make a bunch of these for friends one Christmas, and I was lucky enough to get one – it’s even lined!

Unfortunately, although I brought the bag in the car each day, and took it to various functions, no knitting occurred. Today I have some time, and tomorrow I have a mandatory class I have to take, and yes, there will be knitting.

There has been some sewing up though. I am finishing up my summer top, which is looking pretty good:

I just need to do some simple crochet along the edges, weave in ends, and reblock to be able to wear it!