Wow, time flies. I can’t believe it’s already April. I’ve been very busy these last few weeks, and spent last weekend in Davis, CA at a conference. I’m having a heck of a time recovering from the travel, but I’m very glad I went. I feel…I don’t know, intellectually rejuvenated, or something? Anyway, hence the blog silence. I’m hopelessly behind in reading everyone’s posts, and am unlikely to catch up before I give up and hit “Mark All As Read”, so if you’ve done something you’d like me to see, let me know!
I got quite a bit of knitting done on my mom’s scarf while flying back and forth from California, and now have only the last ruffle to finish before it’s done:
This really is the perfect pattern for plane-knitting: an easily-memorized 4-row repeat across a very manageable number of stitches. And it’s looking so pretty in the leftovers from my Icarus shawl. It should be pretty easy to get this finished up in time to send it up to my mom for her birthday (which is at the very beginning of May).
Speaking of birthdays, mine is coming up quite quickly (it’s the same day as Easter, this year). I already got myself a little present:
A Chevron Love Mitten Kit! I fell in love with these mittens when I first saw them on Flickr, and when I found out that Julia was going to be making kits for them, I knew I’d have to get one, despite my desire to keep new additions to the stash at a minimum. I also have already received the “Best of Lopi” book (as well as a few other goodies) from my parents for my birthday, and am thoroughly enjoying looking at all of the lovely yoked sweaters it contains.
There’s not been much progress on anything else, really. I’m still working the ribbing on Tangled Yoke (and am still madly in love with garter rib), and swatching for the quilt-swap sweater. And working on a pattern/tutorial for Stripes!.
Yep, you read that right, and it’s no April Fools prank: I’m really going to do it! It’s my most-loved sweater already (seriously, I wear it more often than is at all reasonable), and I know so many of you love it, too, so I want to share it with you all. I’m hoping to have it done by the end of April, because the month of April is Heifer International’s “Pass on the Gift” month, and I’d like to be able to donate some of the proceeds towards that effort. I’m not going to make any promises on this front, but I may be looking for proofreaders, and possibly even a daring test-knitter (anyone have the appropriate yarn on hand already? 2 skeins of Eco Wool + 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon?) in the next week or so. Let me know if you’d be interested.