Well really the end is already here for some things, near for another and a long long way away for the last. But ‘The end is near..’ just made a much better title than all that.
I’ll start with the finished object. We are, on the Charting Lace list charting a pattern from Nurhanne’s site. Very descriptively called Small Doily, it’s a good place to start playing with charts. I wrote up my chart on Saturday and then decided the best way to find all my errors was to knit it up. So, that’s what I did Saturday afternoon.
I knit the pattern almost exactly as written (there was some oddities in row 21-23 that I went with what I thought they wanted, not what they’d written down), and if I was going to do it again (don’t hold your breath), the purl rows on the outside would be gone. I knit in the round to avoid purling, not do 6 freaking rows of it in the round on dpns. Fooey on that. The poor little doily needs a proper blocking and a wash. That will happen eventually.
The nearly finished are the socks that have been my portable project forever. Thanks to meetings at work, I’m up into the ribbing (I work from the toe up). We will not discuss how much more sock yarn I have when I knit socks so very very slowly and go barefoot 9 months of the year. *ahem*
Finally, as with the doily done I was laceless and the Mystery Stole 2 doesn’t start ’til the 7th, well.. I decided to start a shawl I’ve had my eye on for a while. Fir Cone Three-Quarter Shawl It’s a lovely shawl, simple and all that good stuff and I really like the shape of it. I got it started on Monday and as of today I’ve gotten about this far. I need to knit like the wind to have it done in time to start the Mystery Stole on time!
And of late, it’s been a flurry of finishing up things. Little things I grant you, but wow it makes my productivity look just great. 🙂
That dishcloth that was barely a few stitches a few posts ago is all grown up. Just needs the ends woven in. It will be sent off in an exchange shortly, once I get an envelope. It’s a good ten inches across, which seems to me to be a huge dishcloth, perhaps I’m just skinchy.
I was in a foul mood the end of last week and my pi doily ticked me off for the last time. So I cast it off in a huff. For having caused me no end of grief all the way through, it’s not a half bad little piece. Yes, I did use 2 different colours, and no it wasnt on purpose, and yes I am planning to overdye it. This is unblocked and unwashed and undyed and basically fresh from the needles.
In a moment of girly, I cast on for a top for me. Twice. *blush* Three times if I’m being brually honest. Swatches are for sissies, hunh? Well no. Swatches are good. Swatches are great. Swatches tell you when you need a smaller needle as not to produce a see through too big t-shirt. Even fat people can wear clothes that are too big. A lot of ’em do, and it just makes ’em look bigger. I’m not talking shoving into something a size too small.. no sausage casings.. skimming. Just float over the bits that don’t need highlighting. Anyhow, now I know that a 3.5 mm needle is much better than the 4.0 mm needle the pattern asked for. This pattern to be specific. With short sleeves and a lack of fun fur edging. Even if I’m oddly fascinated by the fun fur edging, I want a summer top and fun fur + 35C + 100% humidity = EWWWW. No fun fur.
My garden grows in a way that would make a druid’s heart sing. Which is to say a wildly chaotic tumble of natural. Paths? For wimps! I do, however, have some blooms around the house and thought I’d prove it with pictures. I braved the killer mosquitoes to get these photos, I hope you all appreciate it. *laugh*
My irises, I can’t get them to grow where I want, so I just accept that they’re tucked in with the lilies.
The spiderwort is trying to take over a shrub rose. I think the rose is largely winning.
The primroses are nearly finished for the season. Poor things did not cope well with the recent heat wave.
I think these are call Jacob’s Ladder.. I don’t have any clue what the latin name might be, or even if that’s accurate.
The poppies are just starting to open, and soon I’ll have a sea of them going. These ones are tucked in at the side of the house.
And this is the first of my peony blooms to open, feels a smidge early to me, probably thanks to the heat wave.
I’m not quite sure why I’m all grumpy blah snarky, I’m going to blame the weather. It’s a good excuse, but anyhow, a grumpy day needs mindless knitting. I forgot the sock at home *gasp* Yes, I forgot the sock, but I have the dishcloth.
Mindless, in my world, apparently translates to in the round lace. Hey, it works for me. It’d work better for me if I had a fifth needle, I’m out of space on these four. Oh well, only 3 hrs ’til hometime.
The pi doily got cast off in a huff last night, after the edging choice ticked me off. I’ll get a photo tonight, ideally. Why yes, I was in a grumpy mood then too, how ever did you guess? 🙂