The house is a buzzin’ because my older son is coming home tomorrow! He’s been living in Engand for about four years. This is his first visit home in about two, although we’ve been over there to see him twice. So we’re killing the fatted calf, etc. and generally working ourselves into a frenzy doing housecleaning that I’m sure he will not even notice. He’s bringing his lovely girlfriend with him. This is her first visit to the United States and we’re really looking forward to showing her our little corner of the country.

I’ve joined the Ingeborg knitalong and have gotten a bit of a jump start by casting on and working about 1/2 of a repeat. However, I think I’m going to put it aside until the official start and work on some other UFO’s. My goal for the next two and a half weeks is to finish the body of the Mediterranean Lace Shawl (Maureen Emlet in A Gathering of Lace). The back is done and the left side should be finished tonight. If I can do 1/2 a repeat everyday (easy without houseguests, problematic with), then I should have the right side finished in about three weeks. RATS – my goal was two and a half weeks. We’ll just have to see what transpires. But that would just leave the border to do, and looking at the length of it that just may be a year’s project!

And, speaking of lace, here is a Shetland Lace shawl that I did about ten years ago. shetland_lace_shawl It is my own design, cobbled together from ideas from several different books. The center panel was a small lace pattern from a Harmony book. Once that was done I chose another pattern that would increase well, picked up stitches all around the center panel and knitted circularly, increasing at each corner every other row. The border was from one of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books and was knitted sideways, joining as I went. It was great fun, albeit a very lengthy project. As I recall, it took about four years, although life and other projects came and went during that time. As I learn more about how to use this blog, I hope to post more of my past works. By the way, the little creature in the corner is Kirby, my Lhasa Apso. It’s somewhat fitting that he should be in the picture as, being the lap dog that he is, there is a lot of Kirby hair in whatever I knit.

April 24, 2004

Welcome to my blog! I have finally decided to take the plunge and join the world of blogging. Most of my content will be knitting related, although I hope the knitters out there will forgive a few quilting related posts as well. I find myself constantly torn between my two somewhat obsessive hobbies! I have been knitting for almost 40 (gasp!) years and quilting for 25. Knitting seems to be somewhat in the forefront lately, probably because it is a little easier to pick up and put down when I have short moments. I’m currently working four days a week and working on my Bachelor’s degree at Washington State University, so sometimes short moments are all I have. As soon as I figure out how to do it, I will post some pictures of a couple of finished projects, a list of WIP’s and information about me and my family. My goal at this point is to post at least once a week and more often if time permits. I hope that I can offer some interesting content and add to the base of knowledge regarding knitting and quilting.