Its all coming back...Knitting is starting back up. I have found that knitting with nice resilient fibers is best for my hands, so I'm knitting with wool. I'm switching off between 3 projects: My Kersti Ribby Raglan (great Olympics knitting), my Charlotte ponco, and the 3rd re-invention of the baby blanket.
Yes, I've re-thought and restarted. Somehow, I wasn't happy with the color and pattern of the baby blanket as before, and the combo of the acrylic (Plymouth Encore - mostly acrylic, some wool. Great yarn for baby stuff...) and the needle size was making knitting difficult. I pulled out some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Lorakeet from my stash. It had been part of a half-done Baby Albert (from Sally Melville's Knit Stitch), but I had run into a slight problem there as well.* I had picked up a couple skeins of light blue solid LLSW, and a couple skeins of dark blue - so I've doubled the Rainbow yarn (its the most beautiful yarn in the skein... ) I love this yarn - its one of the softest superwash wools I have ever worked with...
Pattern. Well, I'm modifying the "Big Bad Blanket" from Stitch n' Bitch. One, the doubled Shepherd Worsted is much higher gauge than either Kersti or doubled KPPPM. Second, because I have 3 skeins of Shepherd Worsted in Lorakeet, I wanted an easily divided in 3 pattern. So, instead of the reflection st st/ rev. st st. pattern, I'm doing a checkerboard. I'll have pictures soon - its a little too dark right now.
Tomorrow should be fun. As a last Hurrah before school starts, my husband and I are taking the day off from work tomorrow and taking the Big One to the State Fair. Ah, the Minnesota State Fair. Home of all food on a stick. This year, they have added Deep Fried Corn on the Cob on a Stick, and Deep Fried Reuben on a stick. The Big One wants to be a Vet when she grows up, so we spend lots of time in the animal barns. Like the "Miracle of Birth" barn where they have lots of pregnant animals who can have babies pretty much at any time during the fair, and the Vet building where they do small surgeries on small animals - like spaying and neutering. I like to wander through the Craft building, where the knitting submitted for judging is housed as well :-)
Then, school starts on Wednesday. The Big One is torn - she's had a good summer, and isn't quite ready for it to be over yet. But, she also likes school. Met her teacher today - she seems nice. Its hard to believe she's in 5th grade already....
-- aside. Its hard to type when the Tigger-kitty decides to sit on ones arm and put a paw on the trackpad and click the mouse button...Sweet cat, annoying habit here.
Well... pictures soon. Going to go watch some more football, and get some more knitting done!