Knitting, Spinning, Weaving and Life

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Auntie Wendelene returns

Hello, remember me? I was checking my google analytics account and see that someone in Maryland keeps checking in here almost everyday. Hello Sarah, Sam and Paula! (I'm taking a wild guess that Dave probably spend much time reading knitting blogs, but pass along my greetings).

So what have I been doing in the last few months? Not a whole lot that's interesting, which explains the lack of posts. I did start AND finish a stole from Victorian Lace Today. It has the unforgettable name of Scarf with No. 20 edging.
Unfortunately this is the only photo I have of it because I took it to ward off the AC. I'll try to remember to bring it home again to get a real picture. It turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself.

The big fun last month was the Middelton Place Sheep and Wool Days. The guild was asked to demonstrate spinning and weaving. We decided to do a sheep to shawl and raffle off the two shawls we wove. I was only able to attend Sunday, but we had a lot of fun. It was so nice to sit under the trees and spend the day talking about fiber with people.

Another thing I've been working on is a sweater for a friend who is having her first. They are fairly certain it's a girl, so I've taken a chance and am knitting this. I found the pattern on Ravelry. The woman who posted it has modified a pattern she got from Dale of Norway. Unfortunately, it seems she didn't write down exactly how she modified or else she has even worse problems with math than I do, because none of her numbers worked out, so I had to do a lot of figuring and ripping. Also for some reason she made this pretty lace sweater with the button holes set for a boy. Of course being directionally challenged, I didn't realize this until I was finished with the body. So know I'm having to rip out the button bands and switch the button holes to the other side. And of course knit the second sleeve. And be done by next Sunday.

This wouldn't be a problem except that this is also happening next Saturday. That means rehearsals Monday and Thursday evenings. And oh yeah, I have to go to work too. I am taking off next Friday though because we will be rehearsing in downtown Charleston on Thursday night with the orchestra and by the time we finish, and drive back to Summerville I'm going to be way too tired to get up at 5:15 Friday morn. Besides, that way I can finish the sweater.

Finally, it looks like I'm going to have to stay in this house a little while longer. My brother Tom (Hi Tom) gave me this gardenia as a congrats for getting a new job. Soon after I decided to buy the house and claimed it was because I needed a place to plant the gardenia. One of the first things I did after moving in was to plant it beside my back door. Amazingly enough, it's gotten a few blooms every year. I thought it might have gotten too cold this winter, but the other day I came out to find this.

My plant, I think I'll keep it.