As John Lennon famously said, “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” I was planning to work on my sunflower quilting project last weekend, and maybe do a few quick nuts-and-bolts alterations and mending jobs, but life decided that I needed to have strep throat instead. So I spent the weekend sitting in the urgent care clinic and napping a lot. (I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more fatigue seems to be involved with illness. That was fine, really. Who wants to be awake for a really sore throat?)
Thanks to the miracle of modern antibiotics, I am feeling a lot better now. But instead of a quilting update, this blog will be a knitting progress report instead.
In the past six months, I’ve probably done more stockinette stitch than I have in the past ten years. Last winter I was working on a cape that you will see when I pull it out of hibernation in the fall, and more recently I finished two spring tops with a lot of stockinette–one of which was solid black, no less. Whereupon I began the Immense Indigo Vest, and promptly hit the wall, both with regard to stockinette stitch and to dark, neutral colors. Something had to be done if I wasn’t to go mad.
Luckily I had Ferryn, one of Claudia Smith Donnelly’s designs, in hibernation (pictured above). I don’t know how that happened, because I had just finished the main body and was all set to start the sideways edging, which is the best part. It was like finding a Christmas present that I had somehow forgotten to open. So I have been beavering along, and only have about eighteen inches left to go. And yes, it’s another neutral color, but at least it’s a light neutral. I’ll take it. (Mildred kindly agreed to model it in its unblocked state, but gave me to understand that this is a special concession because I have been sick, and must not become a habit. I am beginning to wonder who is whose boss.)
The yarn, by the way, is Filigree–a merino/silk fingering weight yarn from Crave Yarns. These yarns are dyed in Santa Fe by a lovely young lady whose name, believe it or not, is Amor; they are beautiful, subtle tonals on very high-quality, luxurious base yarns. It’s such a pleasure to work with that I really can’t think how I came to let this project sit around unfinished.
To satisfy my color cravings, I cast on the Openwork Poncho in Noro Ginga. Talk about instant gratification! Fifteen rows equals about six inches and was done in one knitting group session! So seven more sessions like this, and it’s done!
And here is the most boring photo you will see on the internet all day–about fifteen inches of indigo condo-knit stockinette stitch. I apologize for inflicting it upon you, but believe me, Gentle Reader, my pain is worse than yours:
This is being relegated to “social knitting” status. It’s the kind of thing that you can’t stand to do without somebody to talk to. Fifteen inches is about the length I want to the underarm, but since this yarn shrinks so drastically lengthwise, I am going to knit about another three to four inches before the armhole.
And finally, the decision has been made. I have decided to make life easy on myself and take this yarn for Vintage Bordeaux on my trip. (Slick silk with a 327-stitch cast-on, which was my plan for the other option, is too challenging for a vacation, and may in fact be too challenging for life outside of an institution.) So, Tosh Sock in the Spectrum colorway it is.
Here endeth the Needle Report, and I hope that all of your projects are clicking right along!