Bloomington, MN has a new Ikea store. It is huge! My mom, sister and sister-in-law are driving over to my house and then I will be taking us all out there to spend a day.
I have been waiting for this store for a long time. And yes, this is knitting related because one always needs storage for YARN lots and lots of YARN!
I finished knitting the landscape shawl a few days back but didn’t weave in the ends until yesterday. My brother Mark has my digital camera so i can’t share a finished photo yet.
At my weekly Bead Ladies meeting I wove in the ends, and Joan took some pictures. Marge was kind enough to model… okay so I kind of forced her but I think it made her feel like a celebrity! One way or another I will get a pic on here to share.
I am really proud of this shawl because I did my own shaping to make it fit over the shoulders better. It ended up looking like a Faroese type – slightly winged in shape and very wearable.
Count-down to becoming human again… I am scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. hair cut.
I did a lot of knitting on the landscape shawl yesterday and should have it finished (kind of but) tonight. The kind of but part is because I might do the shaping that is included for the scarf to make the shawl more shaped. I won’t know until I am done with the shawl pattern.
I spent a good deal of time yesterday messing around with this illustrator thang that creates a cartoon image of yourself or whomever.
So far I have come up with this for my husband and me:
It is very like William-Thomas but mine needs more work. The hair is too light and they don’t offer a dark brown. The eyes are wrong too. Face shape and har (kind of), lips, wrinkles – all good though.
Why am I doing this? Just because.
I have been working on the Landscape Shawl pattern that I purchased at Amazing Threads. It is really a lot of fun – and very soothing to knit. And let’s face it, knitting should be fun and soothing, yes? I have a pic here to show my progress after one day.
The pic doesn’t do it justice. The yarn is Encore, an acrylic/wool blend and just the right colors for me… wine/maroon, tans and browns, a bit of purple. It will be an easy care shawl and I won’t have to block this one.
I try to knit, bead or spin every night while we watch what I jokingly call "crap tv". Just something rather mindless that is really just background for what I am really doing, which is either thinking, reading or multi-tasking of think and reading and knitting/beading/spinning – whatever. DH likes to sit on the floor and read and watch. Popcorn is usually around, or maybe his chocolate covered raisins or worse=both. He should be about as big as a house but instead I am. Our dogboy Spencer patiently waits for his share of the popcorn.
Last night I managed to remember to take a pic of another Fast Florida Footies I have finished.
And as long as I am at it, here is a pic of my brother, Steve. I made a the necklace: a bone ankh symbol pendant hanging from a bead necklace of spiral rope twist in 3 colors of beads (black, copper lined clear and a silvery pearl white).
So many celebrations today. Yesterday was my brother Vim’s birthday. He was playing with his band, so his birthday gift and card are added to today’s get-together for the 4th. Oh, and another brother, Steve’s birthday is on the 6th so his card and present are today too. And brother Jeff’s wedding to Sue was 1 year ago on the 6th too – another card to bring. July is just stinking (in a good way) with birthdays in my family. Mom and brothers Mark, Steve, Joe and Vim. I guess October was a fun month for Mom and Dad.
I can be a nice person sometimes; this is the year of "I will actually make a gift for birthday people in July."
For Vim, I knitted the Alien Illusion scarf from the book,
It was a lot of fun to knit, but it got pretty hot. I decided to leave it fringeless, both to save on yarn and because I think fringe gets ratty looking and gets in the way, especially on a long scarf like this one. The pattern called for Naturespun yarn, which I used for the black but I purchased Araucania Nature wool, which is a hand-dyed yarn in green for the alien faces. Because it has a slightly variegated effect, I think it adds a nice touch. Here are some pics: