Saturday, July 28, 2007

One Project Down

I'm in work-avoidance mode on this beautiful Saturday afternoon. As usual, I got up early and headed straight to my workshop for a rousing round of yarn dyeing that lasted through midday. I took a brief break for lunch, planning to head right back on task afterward, but something stopped me. Perhaps it was the beautiful, sunny day? Or maybe I just need the break after many back-to-back days of dyeing? Or perhaps I'm just feeling lazy?

Whatever it is, I've decided to give in to it and spend the last few hours of the afternoon doing as little as possible. Perhaps I'll knit a bit, but perhaps I'll just sit in my favorite arm chair and let myself slowly slip away into a blissful afternoon, summer nap. I can't remember the last time I had a nap! It sounds utterly glorious right now.

Then I thought of you, my faithful blog visitors and decided to at least give you a quick new post in case you happen to be browsing the internet this weekend, perhaps on your own path of avoidance of some duty or another.

I have just a bit of this and a bit of that to share today. I do have a few photos of the lace scarf that I had blocking last time I posted. It's been freed from its pin-prison and is shown here languishing in that favorite arm chair of mine:

I couldn't have it taking up the chair I planned for my nap, so I tossed it on another chair. It complained heartily about this though. What self-respecting lace scarf wants to hang over the back of a chair when there's a beautiful sunny day outside? I gave in to its complaints and took it outside for a breath of fresh air. (The true color of this scarf - "Rubicund" - falls somewhere between the pink look of the indoor shot and the orangey look of the sunshine shot.)

My faithful friend who serves as a test knitter for me from time to time is almost done testing out the pattern I wrote for this, so perhaps I'll have the pattern added to my shop before long. In the meantime, I do have one new pattern added a couple of days ago. I knit these eyelet rib knee socks ages and ages ago in my Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in Deepest Forest.

The wonderful Tess Mattos of Polar Bear Patterns loved the simplicity of the pattern and so I handed over a few rough notes to her and told her to have at it and put her magical design and pattern-writing skills on the task. Some of you may recall that Tess wrote a pattern for these socks, aptly named "Simply Elegant." Here is her version in the Marrakesh colorway.

I've now added Tess' pattern to my shop. You can find it in the Pattern Section.

With that I shall leave you with best wishes for a wonderful weekend for all. Right now, I hear an arm chair calling my name!


~Tonia~ said...

The shawl is just lovely! Wow, look at those socks! Very nice.

Have a great weekend. I hope that you and the arm chair had some nice quality time together.

Barbara said...

I think your scarf is just lovely.
What yarn did you use to knit it.
I have a scarf pattern and am looking for a yarn that will knit
up on a size 5 needle.

Deb for Fearless Fibers said...

To answer Barbara's question, the yarn for the scarf is one skein of my Fearless Fibers Laceweight Merino in the Rubicund colorway. It's found in my shop ( in the section labeled "Laceweight Merino." I knit this scarf with #6 needles, but have used size 4 through 7 for various lace projects with this yarn. Sorry for omitting this info in my latest post!