I'm working on the shawl version of Girasole, using Huckleberry Knits merino/yak/silk blend in the Browncoat colorway. It's a very lively tonal brown - not "flat" at all. It's a little redder in the picture than in real life.
I've just finished chart D, and I'm halfway through the first repeat of chart E. The pattern is really easy to follow, and the repeats are simple to remember as you go around. As Melissa mentioned in an earlier post, at this size, she's getting hard to photograph! Here's one side of the shawl:
I can hardly wait to start the edging and start "freeing" the shawl from the needles! I have a long way to go, though - I'm just past the halfway point. Last night was the first time I had noticed how long the rounds are getting - and they'll be getting even longer. What a fun, fun project! :~D
But, you know, one project is never enough. I was so impressed with Andrea's, Kelli's, and Shari's Ludlows at knitting last week that I decided to pick up some added "motivation" to finish Girasole. Once she's done, I'll be casting on for Ludlow in Rowan Felted Tweed. I'm thinking size 7s ought to do. I'll start swatching there, at any rate.
Now, about those "reasons" I mentioned earlier! TPTB at my apartment community decided that last week was the perfect time to put new carpet in my apartment. So, I had to pack all of my things up to be moved out while the carpet was installed. All the "fun" of moving, without moving. The new carpet is lower maintenance and a better color, but not very comfortable underfoot. I see rugs in my future!
After the installation on Friday, I got to spend the weekend turning this...
...into this. (Notice Girasole ready for her close-up on the sofa!) And that's just the stitching room.
I filled up the car twice with things for Goodwill, and I've already started setting aside knitting goodies for the silent auction at this year's retreat. Did I mention all the "fun" of moving? :~P
That was followed by a work conference in Portland on Monday and Tuesday. No pictures, but believe me, I'm doing you a favor in that omission!
Then the Apartment Dieties descended again yesterday with new appliances! I have a new range/oven, refrigerator, and washer/dryer. The washer/dryer stack has a higher capacity than my old one, and the range has two (yes, TWO) large burners, instead of one. (If you've ever tried to cook Thanksgiving Dinner on an apartment range, you know what a big deal this is!)
I'm looking forward to taking next week off and getting in some much-needed knitting time! Hopefully there won't be any more major events at home while I'm off. Getting new things is very nice, but I need a break.