Thanks for all the comments you guys left on yesterday’s blog entry. It’s nice to see old friends and to meet new friends through the blog comments. Today’s blog title is the total number of comments as of this moment.
I read blogs through Bloglines, so, I confess, I don’t always take the trouble to take the extra minute to leave a comment — it’s so easy to just skim through posts without doing so. But I know how much I like to hear from readers and I know other people do too, so I try to make an effort to comment more. Thank you for doing so as well!
The 30,000th comment was left by Dana M., whom I’ve emailed and will be sending a surprise in the next few days.
Thanks also for all the kind get-well wishes. Sinus problems are a real pain (literally) but fortunately I don’t have big problems too often. A couple of you mentioned homeopathic remedies, which I know about and practice to a certain extent. For some great information, check out this post by Norma that she wrote in October 2005. She linked to it yesterday, and I encourage you all to read it, if you haven’t already.
Speaking of sinus issues, a bunch of you spoke up in the comments and admitted that you, too, stuff tissue up your nose. Well, just to show you that I have no vanity at all, here is a photo that the KOARC surreptitiously took of me over the weekend (you know, in-between being sympathetic) — asleep on the couch, clutching my knitting like a teddy bear, mouth open, kleenex stuffed up the nose.
Well, I do have some vanity, as I made it pretty tiny. Otherwise, it was very fuzzy as he must not have used the flash (didn’t want to wake me up). But go ahead, laugh at my expense.
On to the Knitting
A bunch of you marveled at how much knitting progress I made over the weekend. It’s really not all that much. I started the sock Thursday evening, and by the commute home on Friday had the heel turned. I had more than half the red scarf done before Friday, and finished that up Friday night. It’s chunky yarn, knitted on 6mm (U.S. size 10) needles, so it goes fast.
The cashmere scarf was also knit on a 6mm needle. I tried the yarn single strand and thought it was too fine for a nice cushy scarf, so figured I’d try holding it doubled, with a large needle. (This was just trial and error — I used no exact equation for how thick finer yarns become when held double).
The red scarf was 31 stitches per row, the cashmere scarf 23 stitches per row. So you can see, this is quick knitting!. I finished the cashmere scarf on Sunday night and went back to the sock, which I finished yesterday.
There was no colorway marked on the tag for the Handmaiden cashmere, but the colorway is a combination of chocolate brown and black.
Here’s what I’m working on now:
This is the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl, designed by Susan Lawrence. You can purchase the pattern here. It’s a smaller sized shawl that can be made from a 350 yard skein of Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters. I am knitting mine from my own handspun. I have a 4-ounce 360 yard skein of about fingering weight that I spun from Lisa Souza’s hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester roving in a colorway called “beachstone.”
This is a great pattern for a lace newbie or lace wanna-be. The pattern is easy and fun to knit, and can be memorized quickly. Experiecned lace knitters will like it too, as it’s fairly quick to knit — an instant gratification project. The pattern is very detailed and well-written and the charts are clear and easy to follow. For people who don’t like to knit from charts, the whole pattern is written out as well.
When will I start my next big project? I’m not sure — I think there’s another quickie or two I want to knit before I do.
We are over $22,000! And don’t forget, the random number generator will be picking more prize winners tomorrow afternoon.
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