Just a place where I can sit and write my thoughts on my newest passion. . . . . knitting. Hopefully, I will better document my progress throughout knitting and get in touch with others as obsessed as I am!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

It's done, it's DONE!

So, I took my lovely shawlette to sit 'n knit on Tuesday determined to get back on it and finish it for Project Spectrum. I worked on it for a bit last night as well, washed it, blocked it and it was dry this am! YEAH! I LOVE IT!!!!!

It's my first 'lace' project and I love it. It was such a cool thing to see the pattern just 'show up' when I blocked it. It had been all wrinkled and balled up and then it opened up so beautifully when being blocked. I couldn't help but think of it as a very similar experience to a birth. The shawl, in it's pre-bath, pre-blocked state was all curled in on itself, very much like in a fetal position (I SCREAM nurse at times don't I?) then the pattern just opened up and was revealed or 'born' during the blocking process. I included the one picture of just a portion of the shawlette for a better representation of the true colors of the yarn.

BTW, this was my first project with Koigu and now I understand the obsession with it. It was a delight to work with from casting on, to ripping back (ack, the memory still hurts!), to knitting, blocking and wearing. All lovely phases of this project with Koigu. I will DEFINITELY be using Koigu again and again.

Back to the shawlette itself now. If you compare mine to the picture from the pattern you will notice that I blocked mine out much further than she called for. I did that on purpose. I blocked it to the specified dimensions but then I pulled it out a bit more and I liked the look of it better. It has a faroese shaping to it which I really like. The shoulders just seem to 'fit' right onto my shoulders, just perfectly! Ahh! ;-)

I can TOTALLY see how lace knitting would be so addictive. I can't wait to find a new lace project. What should it be? What should it be? Hummmmmmmmmm,

Monday, March 20, 2006

OSW pictures . See post below.

This is a good representation of the colorway.

Another FO! (and it's still NOT the shawl)

I know, I know, I am in knitting denial. I can't help it. I haven't had it in me to pick the shawl up again. I will though. I have to. It's my Project Spectrum project for March.

BUT, I started and finished a OSW this weekend! Yeah! I would post pix but blogger is being silly and won't upload them right now. I'll post them later. It was a really quick and easy knit. I think I am going to make another one in cotton this time. I used Reynold Odyssey in the purples colorway. This picture is bad though. It has some greens and taupes in it as well. I really liked the color variations in it. Hopefully, I will be able to post pix sometime tonight.

And on the Grey's front, wasn't that a good show this week? I liked that George decided to go for the Doc but HATED that it took Alex being a complete ASS (even if it was a displacement of his own self-loathing) to get him there. Not quite sure how I feel about the whole Addison wanting to be friends with Meredith deal. Oh, and did you SEE, DID YOU SEE??? In the previews for next week's episode? The girls are knitting in the surgical gallery. KNITTING!!!! They get busted by Bailey but they were KNITTING! HA! I knew I loved that show for a reason, medicine and knitting in one GREAT show. Ah, life is complete! ;-} And I TOTALLY DIGGED the whole bad "juju" thing. As a nurse I can tell you that all that superstitious, mumbo jumbo, juju stuff IS TOTALLY TRUE! We buy into that all the time. Doing things certain ways, working with certain people (or NOT b/c it's a 'bad' combo), following full moons, counting patient deaths or ANY interesting patient scenario in threes, etc. . . It's all true. So, just remember, when you put your life in to the hands of Doctors and Nurses because of all their sound scientific knowledge, etc., you are REALLY dealing with our superstitions and beliefs. It's corny but it's true. Now I must go and clean off my lucky nursing clogs and get my lucky scrubs ready. We have an open heart tomorrow. . . . . . See ya! ;-}