Oct 30, 2011

Lifelines

Ok, not lace, but my sanity.

Take this weekend, for instance. Did I mention my work environment now sucks very loudly, with the new mother ship imposing her will on us and picking off the best and brightest? Either by transfer, or, if that is refused (and why, truthfully, would anyone want to move from Portland, ME to the heartland... or worse, the mine-pocked landscape of the middle West?) by layoff.

What I perceived as a work environment with a high premium on integrity has vanished. When one is are a gatekeeper this has the effect of pulling the rug out and knocking off the footholds. Never have I had to spend so much time crafting simple, clear replies... they have brought their minefields with them.

So, the importance of immersion in fibery goodness just grows by leaps and bounds.

Have now 5 projects on the needles, my limit, I'd say. I'm still working on Earl Grey's Amber Trinket... initially thinking I might finish it by the time Rhinebeck rolled around, but that was not to be. I may not be done by TDay.

 I'm immersed in Cat Bordhi's designs. And her blog, here which has a fabulous account of a recent visit to the maritimes to teach and visit with Lucy Neatby.



First her Sweet Tomato Heel and second, her Sweet Tomato Padded heel, both are divine and more importantly, FIT ME!


Cast on Warm All Winter by the same designer, but frogged it last night -- maybe another yarn, was using a Woolen Rabbit yarn, very soft, but not right for this.

AND now Anemone Hats. All Cat's, all fabulous. This will be the arctic one, Jojoland Fantasia. Magical Moebius-land!

Fall at last!

I wish it were easier to find time to do this blog!! Somehow, working full time and keeping the house and dog going and knitting, and spinning, whew! Plus learning what I'm doing... all a bit of an uphill thing! And I have huge frustration with posting photos... If I just took the time to put my photos where I can easily put them into this blog, I might be a bit better at getting to this thing!

Shawl projects have dominated in the past year - Started with Jared Flood's Guernsey wrap in Shelter yarn last Fall. here  Love the pattern but not so much the Shelter colors I chose, and though the yarn is light, wooly and warm, it's harsh against my skin...
Then Terra, another Jared Flood pattern... love the pattern and the color, and it's oh, so warm! But the Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn is so soft, it pills easily. Maybe after all the pilling is done I can shave them off and it'll be fine?
Then Spring Seeds Neckwarmer by Bonnie Sennott - this was a challenge and I stopped at least one repeat early, so it's barely neckerchief size. I used Quince & Co Chickadee in Snap Pea... one of my favorite yarns!
Then a rash of others -
Taygete in Quince Tern, Barnacle and Back Bay colors... this is by Romi Hill and I love her E-book of shawls!

Scalene, by Carina Spencer in Quince Lark, the white and River colors... neat pocket slit in this and love the stripes...
Ann Hanson's Leafprints... so gorgeous.

Now Catkin in Mad Tosh Merino Light -- Earl Grey's Amber Trinket. As of Nov 1 this is half done.
Catkin Swatch
Leafprints by Ann Hanson, modified a bit, Quince Chickadee in Parsley.