Monday, August 07, 2006

Things are Changing

Look what I got in the mail this past weekend:

A lovely package of yarn. Thanks for the gift, Sarah! These 2 skeins of South West Trading Company Bamboo will become this scarf someday. Yeah I know I'm late in the game but I'm new to this cyber knitting community.


So over the weekend I was knitting like a mad woman trying to figure out the pattern in the Stitch and Bitch Nation book. I was successful in finding out that I will not be able to knit the shortened version of the wrap because I don't even have enough yarn for that (I only bought enough of the Pima Tencel for a summer tank). I talked to my boyfriend about it and he suggested that I just knit 2 sleeves and then connect them somehow with 2 straps (one for my front, the other for my back). I liked the idea and started working on it. Here is what I have so far:

A close up of the increases

I'm thinking this might become a shrug by the end of the week. Now I'm not a fan of this type of garment but seeing that my arms get cold easily, I think it will be a useful item for my trip to the Stitches Market this weekend.

Here's a picture of the Wavy scarf:

I'm up to the 4th repeat. The pattern is pretty intuitive if you're paying attention to the stitches. However, I'm not in a big rush to get it finished (I do have 5 months till Christmas you know).

Other Things

Since August has started lately I've wanted fall to return. This is odd mainly because I've always loved summer more than any other season of the year. The bright burning sun, humidity, heavy thunderstorms, the beach, strolls in the park, family BBQ's and of course my birthday have all been contributors to my love affair with summer. However ever since I've learned to knit 2 years ago, some of my love for summer has been transferring over to Fall. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year in Michigan. The leaves that were once green then turn into burnt orange, bright red, pale yellow and deep purple. These colors influence my yarn choices and the cooler air encourages me to knit even more. Fall is also cool in Michigan because local farms start selling their last harvest fruits and vegetables for the year at pretty low prices. Fall is great because the air is crisp but not freezing and I'm able to wear the things I knit. There is also a certain calm in the atmosphere that I like as many of the people in my small town rather be inside than out in the cold.

Is it necessarily bad to love more than one season? Can't I like both? I love summer for the fresh berries and peaches that are in season but I also love fall for the fresh pumpkins and squash that are available too. Who said I would be a traitor to summer if I dabble into the bliss that is autumn? I see my new interest in fall as a blessing, mainly because I can now enjoy 6 months of good weather rather than 3.


Sarah said...

That yarn will look nice as a Clapotis!

Abasi said...

What a nice gift to receive! Yarn buddies are the best.
Knit on! I can't wait to see your finished product.
Signing from my husband's blog, here's mine:


noblinknits said...

I've just started swatching some bamboo. I was a little disappointed with how moss stitch looked so am sticking to st-st and lace. Clapotis will be gorgeous.

I'm glad I have backup for taking lots of yarn with me travelling! xxxx