: loving my newest little painting--a teensy 4 x 4 original oil I forgot I bought. (Note to self: wine + credit card + interwebs = almost always a bad idea.)
: giggling over the two (two!) postcards that arrived on Saturday morning. When was the last time you received actual mail? From a friend? In your mailbox?!?
: remembering how perfectly fall it is to sip hot tea in the morning. While wearing wooly cardigans. And handknit socks.
: savoring the last (fairly) quiet week before the explosive month of October in the shop--and then the beginning of the holidays. The leaves are turning, the grapes are almost ready....the second best season in Northern Michigan. I plan on doing a bit of wine tasting with the tourists this year--some friends are debuting a new line for one of Leelanau's finest.
: prepping for our famous 12 Knits of Christmas--starting on Friday. Twelve weeks from Christmas? I can hardly believe it.
: stretching some stiff muscles. It's back to P90X after a two month-long hiatus. O hai, hamstrings!
: stalking my Postmaster anxiously awaiting another of Alicia's exquisite stitch kits. Hurry, hurry--I know they won't last long.
: enjoying some major Finishupitis. Over the past few weeks, I've finished a whack of knits that have been lingering on the needles for waaaay too long, including a cowl, a hat, two pairs of fingerless mitts, a tea cozy and this shawl.
Project: Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West. (Yup. Another one.)
Started: July 2011.
Finished: Thursday, September 22nd 2011. (Again, I could have knit this soooo much more quickly. I guess I just didn't want to.)
Yarn: The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering in River Dolphin and Obsidian, one skein each.
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm) 24" circular.
Notes: Love this pattern. It's easy to knit, fun to knit, and well, you know how much I love two-color stripes. Modifications? Well. None that were intentional. The garter ridge section is four rows shorter than it should be, only because I ran out of yarn. Not the yarn's fault, nor the pattern--my gauge may be a little looser than suggested, which (I think?) requires more yarn. (Experts? Wanna weigh in here?) And in the body, I took a little Creative Licensing while brandishing my needles--I will give you a cookie if you can spot the mistake....and not point it out.
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And of course, I am crushing all over the shop's new website, which is now live and open for business! Because of a few shopping cart hiccups, I hadn't been as loud and proud about it as I've wanted to be, but here goes! Shop away! And to celebrate, enter coupon code NEWSHOP10 until October 22nd to receive 10% off your order.
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky, one skein in Magic Flute.
Needles: US 9 in 16", 32" and dpns.
Button: Enameled copper from my friend Elara, Frankfort artist--only available at the shop.
Mods: A bunch, actually. I didn't really like the flap as written (a little sloppy, I thought, as is most increasing/decreasing within seed stitch), so I scrapped it halfway and knit a flat edge instead. I also thought the decrease sequence made the hat too pointy, so I continued in stockinette without decreasing until the piece measured 7 1/2" from the CO and then used The Cheater Method, which I think fits and looks much better. (1--*K2, k2tog; 2--K all sts; 3--*K1, k2tog; 4--K all sts; 5--*K2tog). And, a modification I could have made but didn't? I could have even gone down to 8s. Or better still, I wish I had cast on fewer stitches--the hat is just a bit big, even on 9s, rather than the suggested 10s. I am a loose knitter, people.
Love the slipped stitch edge--a detail I often forget to include.
I also love that the pattern took just one skein of this luscious, happy yarn--Misti Alpaca Handpainted Chunky. It's a new yarn for the shop, and just the right match for color-drenched accessories.
Red Rover, Azulichen, Winter Queen, Magic Flute, Hyacinth.