Lest you think I've been idle since Leda came off the needles, let me put your minds at ease. Although very little knitting took place over the long holiday weekend, I have been busy with knitting the last two days.
I hope everyone who was wont was able to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, and fiber. My brother, his girlfriend, and her parents came to my parents' home for Thanksgiving. Mom held the festivities of the weekend, and I helped out with the cooking. There were eleven of us around their dinner table, but there were still empty places in our hearts because of those who were unable to be with us due to circumstances of life.
Nothing new has been started on the knitting front, so I thought I'd take Wednesday to update the current works-in-progress.
First up is the Cambridge Jacket for Math Guy (He wants you to know that the color is showing much lighter than real life. It is a nice deep rich color--a heathered burgundy. I guess shooting it on the porch in the sun washed it out a bit.) He has been
See how the front opening rolls--I know it's because of the stockinette--the rolling is where the zipper goes. I'm hoping that will tame the roll since blocking the acrylic/wool blend isn't going to do anything to solve it. It rolls a bit along the bottom too, but the designer, Ann Budd, calls for a single crochet along the whole bottom to keep that section flat. Even as I'm knitting I'm worrying about that rolling, but not enough to keep me from planning a Cambridge Jacket for my dad and brother. NO, not in time for Christmas......I'm not insane. But I bet I could get one of those done before then, and I could do it in all wool, too.
Next up, the next closest to being finished is my Wool Peddler's shawl--I think this is its debut here on Chez Jenny Raye--come to think of it, all the projects I'm showing today are being revealed for the first time. I'm working this in Plymouth Galway in a great shade of red (not so bright as shown) on size 8 needles. I started out with the 8s for the garter stitch section, but the fabric didn't drape enough, so I bumped up to 10s for the garter stitch and have gone back down to 8s for the lace. At first I was worried that the shawl wouldn't be big and cuddly enough with just the number of lace repeats called for, so I planned on modifying the pattern (of course) by adding some repeats. I'm starting to think I'll be okay with it as written, but just in case my lys is holding a couple more balls of the Galway for me.
Also on the needles is a pair of socks using Roxanne's Zen Yarn Garden strawberry mocha I bought around the first of the year. I had about 1/2 the foot knit up with just the variegated colorway when I started to let my mind wander through the stash, and I recalled some brown that I had stuffed away for socks for Mr Fix-it. Why I don't know since the man doesn't wear brown. Hmmm.....that brown would go really well with the strawberry mocha (which I like to think of as chocolate raspberry truffle since I'm not a coffee gal). So the brown is being used as a coordinating toe and heel for the socks. I've never done this before, but so far, I'm liking it.
There are two other WIPs over there in the sidebar that I won't even bother to photograph as they are in project limbo. I'm not feeling the love of the Trekking Jaywalkers--those may be frogged in favor of just a plain stockinette and ribbing sock, like the ones I made in January, and which are still my favorite socks. The second project in limbo is my self-designed Shenandoah stole. I love the pattern, it's the yarn that has me down on this one. I just don't like the handpaintedyarn's lace for it--it's variable in size, sometimes as thin as a tiny little thread, but I don't think I'll frog it or anything. Just need to sit down and work on it........after the holidays.
I'll let that be it for today. I do want to show you some of the cool stuff I've gotten in trade for my destashing so far. I will be adding some yarn to what I have listed, so that will likely happen tomorrow, along with the post of trade loot.
Happy Wednesday all!