Suddenly the pace of my life has picked up a great deal, perhaps it’s because I’m able to walk on my healing ankle so much better now. Last month I had a period where I had not been home at night until quite late for 12 days in a row! It has been such fun, dinners and cocktails out, baseball games and opera, entertaining at home, cleaning up after entertaining at home, having house guests, but no much time for knitting.
I am tired. I need to putter for a while and have some down time, some knitting time would be nice too.
Today I found at the Ferry Building in the Heath Pottery stall a mug that matches my Camino Bubbles shawl. I love it! I came back from my walk in the cool misting fog and put the mug to immediate use with some green and lemongrass tea.
My shawl is too large to fit into my handbag now, which means I am about three-quarters of the way done. The length is about four feet and I still have the bulk of the second skein of yarn to use.
A___ came over for the Sharknado pizza party (check my other blog soon for details on that night) and saw the shawl on my bed. She did her usual trick of picking up the work, draping it around her and twirling and posing in the mirror, exclaiming, “Is this for meeee???”. So darling, however, it is *not* for her, not this time! All of the ladies at the party want one now in various colors. I hope that I don’t get sick of this pattern so that I can fulfill their wishes and gift them one someday. This is the very best kind of peer pressure!
My latest “handbag worthy” project is the ongoing mobius cowl from last Fall.
A handbag worthy project has to have several important and necessary criteria:
- It needs to fit in my handbag, first and foremost!
- The pattern needs to be simple enough that I can knit without having to refer to a complicated chart, or a chart that I have not yet taken the time to copy out of a knitting book or magazine (see first bullet – must fit in my handbag)
- The project cannot have too many stitch markers because when you are knitting on a bus or a bench or at a friend’s house stitch markers have a strange tendency to fly off your needles and mysteriously vanish before your eyes. It’s almost as if they have their own Bermuda Triangle thing going on.
The mobius is perfect on this count, it’s a one ball of yarn project, fits in my pretty knitting bag which is almost too large to fit in my capacious handbag, and is straight stockinette, despite the unusual cast on arrangement on a coiled cable in order to achieve the magical mobius.
(Please note my SF Giants stitch marker, a gift from the team a few years ago!)
It doesn’t really look like a cowl at this point but once I remove the twice coiled cable it will loop into a mobius that should reach just mid bust on me. The colors are really unusual for my wardrobe which is inspiring me to expand my color palate a bit more.
I hope to finish it next week or soon enough to wear during our perpetually fogged in summers. The Camino Bubbles shawl will take a bit more time, since I will working on it solely at home, either that or I should get a larger handbag. Hmmm, now isn’t that an interesting thought?