Well today marks 2 years since my oldest stepson passed away. As with everything else, it seems like just yesterday and at the same time like it was forever ago. We made it through the day, it seemed like everything reminded me of him more today than on normal days. I think we all managed to hold it together, though I will say I had to choke back tears several times. James, we will always miss you.
On a lighter note, I finished chart C of the bitterroot shawl today. I wish I had longer size 6 (I think that’s what I am using) needles because I can’t stretch it out completely so you can see the pretty pattern just yet. I am going to attempt to add pictures to this post so if I am able to, it’s the purple shawl. I have 55 rows left to go and this project will basically be done. So far my thoughts on the shawl:
1- the pattern is super easy to memorize. I only really have to look at my first several stitches of the pattern rows.
2-the cast on/set up rows were different for me, but once I got them done, I really love the way they turned out looking.
3- I will only use long, sharp needles for lace from now on. These needles SUCK!
4- knitting lace while tired is not so bright.
5- I am understanding more and more about how lace works. I mean I can follow a pattern, but the actual construction makes way more sense.
6- I absolutely love KnitPicks Shadow yarn. Beautiful to touch, look at and knit with.
On the non shawl front, I frogged my Hermione socks. I don’t remember if I blogged that last time, but I did, I’ve decided on doing them over with an afterthought heel. The only real reason is that I ended up messed up in the pattern before. Two reasons for this. First I am pretty sure I misread the pattern somewhere along the way and second, I think I took too long making the heel flap and all that I kind of lost where I was at and then I tried to fix what wasn’t broken. I ended up one stitch short and I have NO earthly idea where it went. I didn’t see any place I had lost the stitch. With all the tiny mistakes that no one would ever notice plus a missing stitch, frogging soon ensued. It was freeing to frog something that had given me so much grief. I don’t blame the pattern, although I do question one row in the pattern. Maybe I just read it wrong. Oh well.
Speaking of socks, I found some lovely bright yellow yarn about a year or so ago that I fell in love with but didn’t buy at the time. The LYS that carried it went out of business before I could make a trip back and buy it. I didn’t even remember the brand, just the beautiful color. Well last weekend my best friend, Jessica, her 2 kids, her mom and I went to their local fabric store, The Rabbits Lair, which now carries yarn. I was petting the Malabrigo (I think I spelled that wrong) and turned to a shelf that had sock yarns. There it was. The lovely yellow yarn. It’s a neon color, with bits of orange and green. Very citrus. So I now have me a skein. By the way it it Trekking XXL. I fought with whether or not I should buy it, but eventually it came come! :0) I haven’t picked out the pattern, but they are probably going to be toe up.
More to come later. I am hoping to get a good portion of the chart E done today, but make no promises! Happy Easter!