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Lost in a sea of yarn and needles. Lusting after handmade socks and all things lacy


Hello Out There

It has been awhile, I know. Lets see I was a bit under the weather for awhile. The fires in the Great Dismal (which it isn't) Swamp kept filling the air with smoke and the smell of wood burning. Not helpful if you are trying to recover from anything chest related. Not of course that it happened just to bother me. The fires in the Swamp and in North Carolina have mostly died down. But they are peat fires so they will be smoldering for awhile. I don't live near the swamp, but people who do found brown bears in their back yards. Eagles and hawks and other critters escaping from the fires.
I knit a square for Benne's blanket. The only thing I knew I could finish a garter stitch log cabin square. My daughter sewed in the ends and posted it off for me. Wonder child that she is.
The colors are so faded in this picture. They are really dark. Chocolate brown, Spiced Wine and Harvest something, Elann Highland Wool.

The other project I was working on was a shawl for the new mothers at the Cure Hospital. Afghans for Afghans. I started it, but then I just couldn't work on it much. As it required more brain power then I had available. Elann Superwash Merino in Ruby. I frogged back to the Candle Flames and started the straight part again. It is now about half done. I have put it aside for now and will continue to work on it as I can. There is no way I could have met the deadline.

I saw that someone had done this with the Candle Flame shawl pattern at Ravelry. The body is simple Yo, K2tog. With the Candle flames at each end. I have one candle running up the edges on each side of the body. I reduced the size of the candles for the edging as the ones in the body looked to large for an edging.
I am now working of a top down raglan sweater for the Afghan for Afghans Youth project. This is a first for me. And you can see my raglan increases needed work. I considered frogging back to improve the increases. But I realized that I would miss another deadline if I kept frogging. When I die they are going to put Born To Frog in my tombstone :-}
The body color is a sort of denim blue, the cuffs are Elann Highland Wool in Ruby. I threw in some mosaic patterns in the body, more red and some golden color. I will repeat on the sleeves. The body in almost done. Then onto sleeveville.

My dishwasher broke, my mouse died and then the headset. I hope nothing else decides to throw itself on the sword.


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Blogger smariek Says:

Suzann, I hope you are feeling much better now, and that the air quality has improved enough for you to enjoy being outdoors for any length of time.

I've managed to identify about half the squares in Benne's blanket and I've added a link (here) to this blog post for your square. I'm still amazed at how we managed to put this together in under a month, and the blanket came out beautifully.

Your raglan increases don't look too bad to me. I'm trying out my very first sweater(!) and have chosen the February Lady sweater, which is knit top-down with similar raglan increases. My increases come out holey. Maybe I need to start over with smaller needles and work the next size up.

I hope nothing else in your house decides to croak. I'd be totally lost if our washing machine died.

Hope you're doing well Suzann.

Blogger junior_goddess Says:

Honey, you are sounding like a country song! Let me add the lyric about the old dog peeing on the furniture-that's what I woke up to this morning.

Stupid peat fires-I had some really vicious headaches when we had a dump fire (not the same, just the same outcome).

Your sweater is going to look great on a little (boy?) kid with big dark eyes. It will be awesome!!!

Blogger Grace Yaskovic Says:

I an so very glad to see you posting again, I have missed you!!!! Your knitting is lovely


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