though summer weekends are busier with outdoor activities, i’m trying to keep up with all my ongoing knitting projects, too (otherwise, i’d drown, haha). i do once again have secret (deadline) knitting i must finish, but i can’t live by secret knitting alone—i like being able to share and chat about what i’ve got going.
i wasn’t able to fit knitting into yesterday’s already long post, so i saved it all for today. the firefly shawl has been humming along and by sunday morning i had almost half the hem done.
fireflies were starting to emerge and looking pretty good, though i was still found myself tweaking a bit as i went. but that was yesterday and this is today—now, however, it is off the needles, yay!
not blocked yet, but certainly finished. david wants to make some kind of video while i block the next piece so i told him we could do it tonight or tomorrow afternoon (not an instructional video; something more creative. hmmm).
now there is a whole row of fully-formed fireflies around the hem. they won’t look like their finished selves until they are fully blocked out but here’s a sneak peek—each one even has a shiny little butt at the bottom, haha.
i got quite a bit of mileage out of my one skein of penelope yarn, using almost every luxurious yard of it (i think about 425 yards total). i’m always pleased not to have a small, useless ball left over, heh.
this will be the middle size, with an option for a smaller scarf and a larger, full shawl as well (and now i have all the info i need to put the pattern together). i love the way the tips of the shawl spring up a little on the end; i’m going to make sure to keep that when i block it
i’ve already cast on another one in a completely different colorway for the scarf size. this time i dug into my stash for a yarn i’ve been anxious to try
zen yarn garden serenity silk in the creamsicle colorway, mmmm. i’ve been so looking forward to experimenting with this and so far i LOVE it. it’s an 80/10/10 blend of merino/silk/cashmere and let me tell you, that little touch of cashmere feels like a whole lot more.
it’s got a nice bouncy twist that is offering up wonderful stitch definition, too. i’m sure i don’t even have to mention how happy the color makes me feel. it is SO going along in my traveling bag to london with me. in fact, now that it is on the needles, i’ve tucked it into a project bag to ignore until i’m on my way (wish me luck in keeping my hands off).
i really need to work on my secret project and my rosebud blanket until the day i leave. speaking of which
it’s growing, the baby blanket that swallowed my TV room, haha.
not really . . . but almost.
i have about 10 or 12 more rows to finish the border, then i have to start the edging. i’m not at all sure i can finish this by the end of the tour, but i’m still trying (never give up—even lance is still in the race and he’s had a mad string of bad luck).
i was thinking more about the name (which i had put forth as “bed of roses”). and i got a few cute suggestions from readers, too, such as “bud of roses”, but i forgot i had come up with something i might like even more . . . what do you think of “rosebuddie”?
the bunny says i might have something there . . .
i’ll be back in a couple of days with blocking shots (can i just say, i’m starting to panic about what i can reasonably get done before i leave for 8 days)