Friday, June 6, 2008

Alpaca for Ashley

Ashley's scarf is finally finished, which means there's another finished object to cross off the goal list. What's left to go? A pair of herringbone mittens for Danny, and a pair of handwarmers for Derrick. They'll get done yet, I swear. Of course, despite the yarn (which I am probably allergic to), I had to do an impromptu photoshoot wearing the scarf. Paired with a herringbone trapeze jacket. That is actually for fall. I have this love of pattern that I can't seem to shake, so you all will just have to put up with it! I think the teal color is very flattering, and I'm going to probably search for it in a different yarn to utilize this property. (For those of you who haven't been keeping up, the yarn is an alpaca/wool blend - Cascade Pastaza, and the pattern is 'My So Called Scarf'.)

And I haven't learned my lesson, yet - I'm about to begin knitting a very adorable Child's Placket Neck Pullover for Dana, a girl I work with who is having, of all things, a darling baby girl. I have been wanting to knit this pattern for awhile and am hoping that I can figure out how to work it in a worsted, rather than DK weight, yarn. I think I'll use that sorbet-colored 100purewool that I've got. While the texture is divine and I love the color, it just isn't something I can see myself wearing much of - and since I only have three skeins, I thought: why not let this go to some adorable little baby girl to be snuggled in? I'm planning on making a matching baby bonnet, too, though we'll have to wait and see. The benefit here is that since Dana isn't expecting until July, and the baby won't be cold until mid-October, I've got quite a bit of time to complete things.

Speaking of sorbet, there has been much summertime celebrating, despite the horrible storms, here at my house. The other day I made a lemon bundt cake (which my mother then slathered cream cheese icing over - yum!), and we paired it with lemon sorbet as a dessert. I love the way the ice looks when it's been just scooped, though I have a lot of trouble eating it once it begins to melt (melted ice cream/sorbet totally grosses me out, as does anything remotely mushy).

Other than baking and signing myself up for more knitting, I've just been trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible. The weather has been fairly miserable - we're down in the basement nearly every night due to the tornado warnings - and any sunshine I can soak up is due to be fully appreciated, if I'm not busy working, that is. We have a lovely screened in porch, and sometimes in the evenings there's time to sit out and listen to my dad play guitar, work on the ever-nothing Lace Ribbon Scarf, and contemplate whatever's been going on recently. Right now, I'm sitting on my hands and waiting for the swap groups I'm in (Urban Outfitters' Ravelry Group, and Malabrigo Swap are both starting now!) to get up and moving so I can begin stalking my swapee. I love thinking of packaging and presents - the hardest part will be not taking a million pictures before it's sent!

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