Hello all! Welcome to my second installment of the b.Woolens blog (or blog.Woolens as I am affectionately beginning to think of it). Since we are all still in the sort of “getting to know you” stage here, I thought it might be fun to share a little more about myself, and what could provide more insight into the workings of my twisted and slightly neurotic mind than to share what I have been knitting recently?
In May I finished my MA. I didn’t think that there was anything in the world that could dissuade me from coming home each night and devoting two or three…or four or five hours to knitting. But boy let me tell you (if you don’t already know) a 100 page thesis will really take the wind out your knitting sails. Several projects were begun and later ripped back, my productivity decreased to an all time low. But (wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles) graduation day arrived! I am back home in Oregon back to knitting like a fiend. Knitting and I are closer than we have ever been:)
Last night I was finally able to sneak out and photograph two of my most recently completed projects….
First up we have a major achievement to add to the completed project book.
I finally finished my very own Celes by Jared Flood!
Now I wouldn’t describe this as a particularly challenging pattern, but there is a tricky little bit of lace grafting when you attach the two halves together, and way back when I was a baby knitter I thought it might be a good idea to use this as a chance to try out the Kitchener stitch for the first time. HA! I was utterly defeated and my original attempt is still laying somewhere, sad and unfinished, at the bottom of my knitting basket.
But I have always loved the look of this beautiful, classic stole. SO, I knit this one up as a gift for my thesis adviser. Over the course of my two year program she became of my heroes and most favorite/admired people. She always pushed me to do better, so the fact that this pattern required me to face past obstacles made it an ideal choice. Her favorite color is orange and I bought this yarn from a local indie dyer in DC before I left. I have to say I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I’m looking forward to popping it in the post for her later today:)
Next up as a new favorite garment of mine…its mine…all mine (insert evil cackle here)
Stephen’s patterns are always so fun to knit but I love the size and the emphasis on texture in this piece. Plus the picot edging in that big Aran weight Jamieson wool is just lovely. It’s a great starter project if you haven’t knit a Westknits shawl before. You could even listen to this while your knitting away on all that garter. Do it people. Its awesome.
However, for the sake of honesty, I have to admit….I did come to the edging just a the height of an Oregon heat-wave, and trying to bind of a that beast of a shawl in 100 degree temperatures was no picnic. Thank G I am cold blooded otherwise I probably would have given myself heat stroke. But seriously… am I the only one who thinks of summer as my annual head start on my wooliest projects for fall? Or am I just a glutton for punishment.