So way back when a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that one of my motivators for starting back to blogging was to be able to link up, just one time, as one of my make-a-wish things, to Ginny’s Yarn Along blog collection of knitters and readers…
Well, here you go, it’s my third! I have been making slow and steady progress with my hap shawl. I love garter stitch. I find it very comforting and meditative, and besides, I hate to purl, so that all works out. Also in the photo is my Aunt Nancy’s sock… in natural light, the colors go perfectly with the light aqua, which will be the center square of my shawl.
Here is the ravelry project people page for my shawl: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/morag-shawl/people
So it turns out that I was going to buy the other colors of the Shetland wool for the shawl while i was in England… kind of made sense to me, being in the UK and all, and besides, it’s so much less expensive there, and you can actually go into shops and look at the colors rather than relying on photos on the internet. But we were so busy going to fancy teas that we never made it to a yarn shop. When Jane was here for Christmas, I sent her back with a skein of the center yarn and a colored pencil sketch of some other colors to look for… but I hope she hasn’t gone shopping yet, because I LOVE the colors of my Aunt Nancy’s sock with the shawl color so much that I am going to knit a swatch with the leftover yarn and mail it to Jane and have her take it to the wool shop to get just the right colors.
As far as reading, lately this has been tough, my chemo is really affecting my eyes, damaging my corneas, messing with the optic nerve, and even causing brand new cataracts. So I’ve been listening to books more than reading. This actually works out well as far as knitting and spinning are concerned 🙂
I actually own the book, but I thought since I can’t
actually find it under the piles of yarn I’m sorting to destash actually read it at the moment, a screen shot of the audibles version might be more appropriate 🙂
And in other knitting news, I finished a sock for another cancer friend, Shawn, today, but made a big error in Kitchenering.
There are very few things that annoy me as much as getting a whole sock done, grafted, ends woven in, and then find a hole. ARRGGHH…. you will see this sock again, though, I have been photographing each step along the way to show you how I make my plain vanilla hem top non-ribbed prayer socks…. with the caveat that the downside of a short row toe is that instead of the Kitchenering being maybe 12 stitches at the end where it’s easy to frog, the grafting is over 30 – 36 stitches hiding on the top of the foot.
And tomorrow, the ultimate pictorial guide to EMLA for ports… my philosophy is that when you’re in so much pain from so many other things, why not prevent any additional discomfort when you can, if it’s fast, easy and safe???
OK, time to tackle the unkitchenering. As soon as I remember how to link up at Ginny’s. Heck, it’s post chemo day one, remembering anything is hard. Maybe if I email Ginny she’ll fix it for me.