it’s nice to have a project that zooms along.
i’m being very faithful to the two large lace pieces that i have on the needles, and another new sock-design-in-progress, but it’s nice to have this little project that gives so much bang for the buck. i work on it for an hour or two and i feel like i get a lot accomplished. yesterday in class i got half the second sock done. i think we all need that sometimes.
yesterday was the last session of the sock class i’ve been teaching; seven newly enthusiastic sock knitters have been released into the wilds. hehehe.
but did i have my camera to take photos—NO! sorry about that . . . .
meanwhile, i got to the point with the snow shawl where i decided it was time to put it on a bigger needle (amazing how many stitches will fit on a 24-inch needle in a fine yarn). having the shawl between two needles during the process, i was able to get some nice photos of it laying flat.
you can get a better idea of how big it is now—i’m about two-thirds of the way through. dummy me, though—i forgot to measure it; i’ll have to do that today.
here is a closer look at the motifs themselves
after seeing the patterns laid out flat for the first time i made one very slight adjustment, but overall i am liking it. soon it will be time to start the pine forest—and i’m ready for a change.
yesterday i received some last birthday packages, and as much as i hate to flash all my goodies in front of everyone, i really want to let the senders know they arrived and show you how thoughtful my friends are.
our intrepid test knitter, nan, sent a luscious assortment of edible and non-edible goodies. some divine chocolate, jasmine tea (my favorite), and mint soap.
funny coincidence—at the yarn shop last night i got to experience this type of flowering tea; it’s so cool. the tea comes rolled into a ball about the size of a superball, and when you put it in a pot of hot water, it “flowers” as it reconstitute itself and steeps. (the yarn shop owner, melissa, is a tea aficionado)
mmm, thank you nan, you really shouldn’t have—you’re way to good to me as it is!
and jocelyn sent a boxful of nice smelly stuff . . . lip balm, soap and scrub from faerie made. don’t they look yummy?? and i love the inclusion in the box of several tiny samples—i’ll pack those in my travel kit and take them on my trip at the end of the month.
i also got a box from my brother joe’s family with some really nice casual jackets in it that i can wear when i ride my bike to classes. i took a photo but it’s too blurry to post.
we went thrifting the other day for chairs for my “classroom” here and hit the motherlode at the habitat re-store. not only did they actually have chairs we like, but all chairs were 50 percent off. yeah, baby.
we got 5 of these solid cherry and blue vinyl ones.
how those two materials even remotely belong together in one piece of furniture is beyond me, but some day we can recover them and they will be spectacular. for now, a good scrub is all they need to be usable. not bad for $5 each.
then we saw these two and i just could not leave them behind; i love them with all my heart.
these are from the goodyear aerospace corporation (they have little metal plates on the back of the seat that say so). are they supercool or what?? i can just picture them in someone’s 1050s-era office, looking all aerodynamic and stuff. and they are truly comfy, too.
the original upholstery and metal frames are in perfect condition and they look as if they were barely ever sat in. when i turn them over, the muslin and springs look new. they must’ve been in a storage closet for the last 40 years.
they are SO me.
they are going right into the new library on the third floor.
guess how much they cost? you won’t believe it when i tell you. ready??
you read right—no lie. that’s two-fifty each. SCORE!
worth the trip?? you betcha. we spent $30 bucks, got stuff we like, and recycled at the same time. yay.
ok, now, i gotta go write some thank you notes.