The computer woes have abated, though we still have a few glitches where newly downloaded replacement software isn't working smoothly with our computer, reset to its original 2-year old settings (kind of reminds me of my day job, working with toddlers!). I didn't lose anything critical, and even got motivated to back up more photos, patterns, etc. I am also grateful that I have been using two webmail services and photo hosting and Ravelry!!
While I was incommunicado, some knitting has continued - in fact, quite a lot! I still can't show you the gift I made for Comfy Bev, as the viewing will have to wait until the gift has been shipped off and has safely arrived in her hands... don't want to ruin the surprise effect, as I personally believe we can all benefit from a good surprise now and then.
The other knitting project that has been taking up my time the past few weeks, yet has received no notice on my blog is this one...
I have been steadily working on the Namaste Yoga Mat bag, carrying it to my night classes and day-long work training in the past two weeks and loving the wavy cabled pattern. I now have only four more inches to go. I decided I would recycle a web belt or yoga strap to make the strap stouter than the knitted one in the pattern (and also avoid using more of the costly Berocco Suede, a nylon tape yarn with a sueded finish, which is giving it a vegan touch). That flap-thingy turns out to be the bottom once the side is seamed up, making a very nice, circular tube to carry your mat to classes, which I plan to resume just as soon as these early childhood classes are finished!
In the Moment
I wanted to let you know about some fun happenings going on around Blogland this week...
Knitnana is having a contest to help her decide the best closure method for her new needle case to carry around your interchangeable circulars... head on over before Friday and cast your vote!
Sivia Harding is having an auction in honor of her father, with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders... also ending this week. She is offering up some wonderful yarn and fiber goodies, and I have already been outbid on three or four items, so hurry and see if you can do your part.
Wooly Wonka Fibers is celebrating its first anniversary, and Anne is offering several specials and raffles
throughout the month.
The Spring issue of Knitty is up (though this may not be news to you - I am often last to the party), and there are several things I love in it... Marjorie is a terrific, 1950s vintage-look sweater, Yosemite may be just the summer sweater I didn't know I wanted to make until I saw it, and the Charm shrug and Emma culottes for little girls are both adorable!
Knitting is proceeding on my second Gift It Forward project, once again not blog fodder yet, but entertaining and compelling knitting:) I won't even say which of the two remaining giftees it is for... I loves me a good secret!
Gazing Into the Crystal Ball
I have started to think about what knits I want to wear this summer! I brought home some lovely mushroom-colored 2nd Time Cotton to start making a Fitted Tank (from Knitters Summer 2007), and plan to start it next week while I am on vacation from work.
I also shopped through my stash with the plan to make Teva Durham's Ballet Tee from a pile of turquoise Cascade Fun that I bought a few years ago with another summer top in mind that I have now decided this yarn isn't right for... it is a lovely cotton-rayon blend, but a bit too much of a novelty texture for the original design. However, there might not be enough of it... and I can't get it any longer, so the Ballet Tee, which starts from the neck down and will be adjusted to fit my shorter-than-average torso, will be a great way to use this yarn, and then add a solid-colored band at the bottom if I run out.
I had a great time doing my 'summer shopping' with the help of Ravelry and Yarndex... I could go back through my queue to see what I was in love with last summer, but didn't get around to making, then think about what yarns were available to me, either in my stash or in the store, that I could put to use for my dream wardrobe... I even set aside some Berocco Touche for a second Ballet Tee, pending finding out how much I like the first one! At least I know already that I love the feel of Touche, another cotton-rayon blend with lots of sheen and softness to it, and something for summer will definitely get knitted up in this yarn.
The other exciting knitting news I am looking forward to is that I am planning to teach a beginning lace class for Fibers Grass Valley, my LYS Saturday job, in June... probably on Wednesday evenings. I have been wanting to get more of our fan club hooked on lace knitting since I started there last spring, but just haven't been able to fit in the time to teach the class. Summer is also the ideal time to be working on a lightweight, easy-to-carry, not-so-warm to hold project. I was delighted when Sivia Harding commented on my Victorian shoulderette last week (and thanks to all the rest of you for the lovely, uplifting compliments on my shawl and haircut *blush*), and will be planning to help my LYS customers make one of their own!