I know, I know, for many of you it was already Thursday before I got around to my WIP Wednesday post... but I guess the truth of it is that I have been living in order to have something to post about, rather than sitting at the computer. A brief recap of the past week shows that I traveled to the other side of Yuba Pass for a meeting on Friday (knitting included), worked the annual Grass Valley Downtown Merchants' Association sale for our LYS (a big hit, since many items were 40% off if you paid in cash) on Saturday, volunteered at the 23rd annual Sierra Storytelling Festival on Sunday (I didn't take any pictures, but this event is every bit as magical as the organizers claim!), and then, finally, got to spend the day with DH, who has had a four-day respite from fire camp life, on Monday. He and I visited some of the backcountry we love so much, and got to spend Monday night at our high country house in Forest City (which is only 15 miles east of our main house at Slate Range Camp, but much higher and more isolated). There will be a lovely Saturday Sky photo or two to share, showing yet another Sierra mountain meadow... hope you aren't tired of those yet.
There is a dial-up Internet connection there, but it is half the speed of the slow dial-up we normally fight, so I just didn't even consider getting online... Tuesday and Wednesday have been workdays at my two different jobs, and finally, here I am, hammering out a post! Whew... bet you're tired just trying to follow my wanderings. Here's the latest on my WIPs, which all made a bit of progress (though nothing phtoworthy) this past week:
I promised myself this sweater would be really and truly completed before the month was over and before I cast on my February Lady Sweater (more on that below), and I did it. Today, as my LYS shift was winding down in the late afternoon, I spread the sweater out on the table, picked up the stitches for the buttonhole band, marked out the spots for my buttonholes, made them and bound off the last edge... whoo, hoo!! This last bit of work would have been done much sooner if I had been sitting still a bit more, but I needed the physical and mental space to spread out into the task at hand and get 'er done.... the photo shoot will take place over the weekend, with DS's assistance, and I am pleased with the way this sweater turned out. Knitting it also re-awakened my interest in sweater knitting, and I cast on a vest, dyed yarn for a second (lacy) vest I will make later this fall, and even stashed yarn for a third vest and two more sweaters. Not that lace shawls will ever fall from favor with me...
While I was volunteering as a ticket seller at the Storytelling Festival on Sunday, I actually knit on this project til I ran out of yarn... well, at least out of finished and ready-to-knit yarn. Those dear friends following my progress on this project will recollect that I am using my own handspun, so Sunday evening found me plying the remainder of my Spice Mauch that I spun earlier in the month and it is resting a few days on the niddy noddy, to be washed and used very soon.
Then, I will have to set the vest aside a bit while I spin and dye up the last of the yarn for it... I am volunteering with the fiber guild to demonstrate spinning at the Nevada County Fair next Thursday, so expect I can spin much of what I need, from some lovely grey and green roving that I received as a gift from Margene for my birthday last fall, which will then be overdyed using turmeric to produce a bronzy-olive for the fold-over collar/outer circle of the vest. I am very pleased with how the project is going and not really hurrying, so that I can savor every step of the process.
Yes, Miriam Felton's lovely Flutter pattern finally has gotten some attention... she is the project that I am taking to meetings and public events where I have to travel light these days... I still have about 25 repeats and the second ruffle edging before she is done, therefore no photo update, because you really can't see much progress at this point. Again, I am savoring having an easy traveling companion for knitting away from home, and Flutter may well get some more attention at tomorrow's Knit Night, to be hosted here at Camp.
Exploring Spirals Bag
I absolutely love this pattern of Alarming Female's design, and love working with beads! The bag only grew another inch or two last week; obviously I was way too busy. Maybe I am a bit overcommitted, though I think the problem is really that knitting with beads requires a flat surface and the absence of distractions or earthquakes. I noticed this afternoon that my container of beads had spilt out into my knitting accessory bag, which luckily zips up nice and tight. I look forward to getting to spend more time with my bag and beads in the coming week.
February Lady Sweater
I am excited that I found the perfect yarn for this item, which has been at the top of my queue for the past month or more, and on sale at that! I bought enough tweedy, mossy green Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool yarn on Saturday to make this lovely design, and have been pushing myself away from it ever since, insisting that one sweater be finished before another is begun... now, to swatch!!
As a final note, I did promise to finish the series on independence by the end of July, and I will be working on that tomorrow, though the actual posting date will probably end up being August 1st... stay tuned.