I don't live where I thought

Well, I learned today that apparently I don’t live where I thought. That is, my city isn’t the city I thought it is. After all, we all know that the Internet is never wrong…

Umm…

There was a story in today’s paper about the “renaming” of my hometown. Seems a certain dominant player in the online business had a bit of an error in their software, effectively renaming the city – to one that doesn’t even presently exist in the state! They’ve known since Friday (apparently via complaints – I suppose it’s rather hard to get directions when you don’t know which town name you’re supposed to be searching for), but haven’t gotten it fixed yet (at least not as of 6:00 p.m. EDT). Interestingly, when I did a search for my hometown (“old” name rather than the “renaming”) it landed at the site of our cross-county rival…THE big game IS this weekend – coincidence? 😉 I was amused enough that I did snag some screenshots.

In less exciting news, there has been non-lace knitting. It’s actually been concurrent with the lace knitting, but the blanket was more exciting, so it got screen time first. I am very happy to have two partially-finished sleeves, however.

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The end is in sight! Almost. The second sleeve is actually as long as the first sleeve now, but they’re both only through the increases. I still have a few inches of straight stretch and sleeve caps to knit. Then there will be the blocking and the setting in of the sleeves and the finishing of the neck. I might be finished by Christmas at the present rate…

Now…I think I need to look into new address labels…

I don’t live where I thought

Well, I learned today that apparently I don’t live where I thought. That is, my city isn’t the city I thought it is. After all, we all know that the Internet is never wrong…

Umm…

There was a story in today’s paper about the “renaming” of my hometown. Seems a certain dominant player in the online business had a bit of an error in their software, effectively renaming the city – to one that doesn’t even presently exist in the state! They’ve known since Friday (apparently via complaints – I suppose it’s rather hard to get directions when you don’t know which town name you’re supposed to be searching for), but haven’t gotten it fixed yet (at least not as of 6:00 p.m. EDT). Interestingly, when I did a search for my hometown (“old” name rather than the “renaming”) it landed at the site of our cross-county rival…THE big game IS this weekend – coincidence? 😉 I was amused enough that I did snag some screenshots.

In less exciting news, there has been non-lace knitting. It’s actually been concurrent with the lace knitting, but the blanket was more exciting, so it got screen time first. I am very happy to have two partially-finished sleeves, however.

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The end is in sight! Almost. The second sleeve is actually as long as the first sleeve now, but they’re both only through the increases. I still have a few inches of straight stretch and sleeve caps to knit. Then there will be the blocking and the setting in of the sleeves and the finishing of the neck. I might be finished by Christmas at the present rate…

Now…I think I need to look into new address labels…

Unexpected lace

So I had all these grand plans for my fall lace knitting – WIP’s to continue (or finish) and new autumn-toned shawls to begin. I can honestly say that my plans haven’t exactly fallen apart…but they have been pushed aside by one tiny little detail. Autumn means chilly weather. And chilly might have been manageable in sticking to my knitting plans, right up until about five minutes after church began this past Sunday. The boiler was out. The church was unheated. And I knew with every ounce of my soul that cobweb weight silk/cashmere blend was not going to cut it. (Never mind that my nice little knitting corner is quite warm and toasty. We don’t think about such rational things when our toes are turning to ice.)

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It was thus that I found myself quite unexpectedly casting on for the Hemlock Ring Blanket. I happened to have some Cascade Eco-Wool in the stash (which was really destined for another project, which has now been scuttled) and the appropriate sized DPNs, so I cast on without swatching. Several times as a matter of fact, but I really don’t let the fact that I can’t do a circular cast on without dropping at least one of the needles two or three times bother me. It’s inevitable, so I leave it be. I think it’s doubled in size since I took this picture, so I’m hoping for a quick fall knit. So I can get back on track with my actual fall knitting…

[Cross posted at Seasons of Lace]

Autumn Plans

I believe I promised to be back later this week with a summary of my plans for fall knitting. As it is now about as close to the end of the week as I can get and still be in the same week, I’d better hop to it!

The three-word summary: autumn = lace.

Of course, I’ll be working on some non-lace knitting as well – if nothing else, I want to finish my braided pullover. But with Seasons of Lace in full swing for the fall, I have eyes-bigger-than-my freetime plans for lace knitting.

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First up, Lerwick Lace Shawl (Ravelry link). I started this at the end of May thinking it would be the perfect summer knitting – lightweight enough not to stick to my hands during the hot summer weather and complex enough to hold my attention. As it turned out, we had very little hot summer weather (one of the coolest July’s on record) and my attention was distracted by the much less complicated braided pullover. So this has been languishing in the first half of the edging. I picked it up again last night, though, and added another four points, so maybe I can get on a roll and finish the edging before the fall’s out.

Next, a very old UFO. I did some project organizing last spring, finishing up some, frogging and reassigning yarn on others, and delegating others to the “finish-it-soon” pile. (I’ve been on this big organizational kick lately. I’m almost surprised I haven’t purchased some containers to sort my smallish sized stash by yarn content and color family. Hmm….) Anyway, towards the bottom of the pile was a project that I started as part of a mystery stole project, two years ago. Turns out, I don’t follow along with mystery projects very well. It might have actually headed for the frog pond if I hadn’t seen a finished version of the shawl at the Great Lakes Fiber Show this spring. The pattern is Swan Lake by Melanie Gibbons, and I’m using Suri Elegance (Alpaca Yarn Co.) with some variegated blue-purple beads.

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I didn’t like my gauge on the project (not to mention that it’s been so long, I think my tension may have changed), so I did frog it for a restart. I washed, dried, and rewound the yarn and spent an evening knitting in July before the aforementioned sweater distraction. In the past two weeks, I’ve managed to finish Chart B, and I think this will be a nice fall project for when I have the time to fuss with adding beads. (I’m good at dropping them, so…)

Of course, what fun would fall lace knitting be without some new projects? (Easily distracted by shinny new lace projects….) The first of the new projects is Rose by Susan Pandorf (Sunflower Designs). I’ve purchased several of her patterns, including all of the Garden Variety designs, but this is the first I’ve tried to knit. Although the pattern calls for copious amounts of beads, I think the lines of the design are strong enough that they aren’t necessary, so I’m opting to knit without any beads. I could, however, be setting myself up for a nice little UFO, as I decided this would be a nice summer stole of linen yarn (knitting it in the fall, I make tons of sense). I think the yarn works perfectly well with the pattern, but my hands aren’t quite as enthusiastic. They’ve been spoiled by nice soft merinos and cashmere-silk blends.

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So far, I’ve managed to complete two gauge swatches (blocked, even!) and the first four rows of the actual stole. The picture above represents the swatch at the needle size I’m using.

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Finally, THE fall project. Assuming I can find a gauge I like. I bought this yarn in the spring, knowing it would make for a perfect autumn knit, with its reddish and coppery tones. The yarn is Briar Rose Angel Face, and is absolutely lovely. I also knew immediately that I wanted to knit Aeolian with it. There was a knit-along over the summer for Aeolian, but this yarn had to wait for the fall, so I’m just getting started swatching. Based on an initial swatch start, it may be a bit lighter weight than the yarn called for, but I was planning on making the largest size anyway, and as I’m on the short side (OK, downright short), I think it will work out ok.

So, my plans for the fall. Over ambitious much? Guess I’d better get to knitting….