Friday, May 01, 2009

Picking up where I left off..

If I just start chatting about the latest finished project and the weather will you not notice that I have been gone for a very long time? I haven't meant to be. All is well here. My best excuse is that I started a new job a few months ago and for a time it was all consuming. Since the knitting wasn't progressing, I couldn't motivate myself to blog.

When I finally realized my niece's wedding day was fast approaching, I got serious about her gift, which had been languishing on my needles. I nearly made it, too, but five days before I was to leave for her wedding, I used up my last bit of yarn (including the test swatch yarn which I unraveled and used in the vain hope that it might suffice) and still had 18" of edging to complete.

I immediately ordered another skein and it actually arrived the day before I was to leave. I finished up the knitting but left the blocking until my return last Sunday. And now, at last, without further ado ..

Giralsole for Jeanne and Lou

Pattern: Girasole by Jared Flood

Yarn: Cascade Pastaza in Doeskin Heather (14 skeins plus a little bit of a 15th)

Needles: US Size 10 Knit Picks options (and dpns)

Finished size: Nearly 7 feet in diameter!

Modifications/Notes: My only mod was to go down a needle size; I did use the suggested yarn but I'm a loose knitter. (As evidenced by how huge this is, even with a smaller needle!) Fantastic pattern; Jared is brilliant!! I was tickled to learn the nifty circular cast-on.

Glorious weather this week. I played hooky yesterday and we went to the beach!


Anonymous said...

I am really glad to see you posting again. I pop in here every week in the hope of a post.

The shawl is divine and you should be very proud of your accomplishment.


gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Gorgeous gift and so great to hear form you--beginning to wonder!

Hilary said...

It's SPECTACULAR, Kathy. She will love it.

kt said...

OMG that is a fabulous piece!!!

SO glad to see you posting again. Hope the people at the not-so-new job are treating you well and that you're haveing a fabulous weekend.

Cathi said...

Wow! That's gorgeous. What a great wedding gift.

Frasera said...

Beautiful! Glad to see you posting again. Sometimes blogging just doesn't seem like a priority to me either...

Raveller said...

That is one gorgeous throw.

TheAmpuT said...

That's just lovely!
And, psst...pick up where you left off again--again, please! :-)

Anonymous said...

how disappointed i was to read your entire blog over the w/e and then realize you had stopped posting.
hope all is well and to read you soon.

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