Getting going again!
Saturday April 04th 2009, 5:32 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knitting a Gift

It was time to get a knit on!

(I wondered if I could get a good picture of the colors and the deep black in the same photo. The answer is not yet.)

I knitted scarves for all those nurses, and meantime, the larger project I’d started had been put aside.  Black laceweight in a fairly fragile cashmere (fragile as compared to, say, the tensile strength of baby alpaca, the fiber I knit with the most often) is a bit of a challenge to work with. If you remember thisimgp73942 you’ll know I am perfectly capable of dropping stitches in dark colors and not seeing till I go to block the thing.  This project would be far harder to repair and take far more hours if I had to frog and redo.  So the knitting on the black shawl for my surgeon was going very carefully. Very slowly. And for about a week there, not at all.

But with my new get-well afghan in my lap, how could I not be inspired?  Given how very thrilled I am at being on the receiving end of it, my desire to create that same thrill at being thought about and cared about like that has given me the push I needed to really get going.  I’ve done a huge amount of work on this shawl the past two days.

from LynnHMeantime, the block in one corner has LynnH‘s handdyed yarn with a tiny heart and a sock appliqued on the square, and inside the sock, a note-in-a-bottle effect in ocean-colored yarn.

Haven’t figured out how to do that in the shawl. I guess I’ll just have to leave it plain.

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Well, if I knew what you were talking about, I could comment on it. So … on to the funny stuff:
A Sunday school teacher said to her children, ” We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a higher power.  Can anybody tell me what it is?”  One child blurted out, “Aces!”
Nine-year-old Joey, was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. “Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then, he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.”  “Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?” his mother asked. “Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!”

Comment by Don Meyer 04.04.09 @ 9:48 pm

The shawl is really coming along! And I absolutely love that afghan — I can see what an inspiration it would be!

Comment by Jocelyn 04.04.09 @ 9:57 pm

LOVE the little appliqued sock!

Comment by Ruth 04.04.09 @ 11:10 pm

Black is so difficult to photograph but whatever you are knitting, I am sure it is beautiful.

Comment by Joansie 04.05.09 @ 12:19 am

Wow. Even your friends are amazing. Nice work. And if you need a cheerleader to keep going on the shawl, well, here I am!

O-F-F!. . .E-N-S-E!. . .Offense! Offense!. . .

Wait, that’s sports. Hmmmm, anyone know any good knitting cheers?

Comment by Pam 04.05.09 @ 4:30 am

Don is clearly immune to the yarn bug. We must examine his DNA to obtain a cure. I wonder what the note in the sock says. Maybe “Hand Wash Cold, Lay Flat to Dry”

Comment by LynnM 04.05.09 @ 4:32 am

squee! Tiny sock! Too cute.

Comment by Carol 04.05.09 @ 8:42 am

Another knitblogger once showed how black yarn on a light background photographs poorly, but black yarn on a black background shows up beautifully.

Comment by Linda L. 04.05.09 @ 2:30 pm

I love the note in the tiny sock! Too cute!

Comment by TripletMom 04.05.09 @ 6:43 pm

tiny socks are just so adorable even appliqued on afghans!!! So nice to see you knitting up a storm!!

Comment by grace 04.05.09 @ 7:43 pm

Wow. That tiny sock is just darling! What a great, personal touch.

Comment by Channon 04.06.09 @ 6:44 am

Wow, I’m sooo behind that I am just discovering this lovely story and the photo of my square. I’m happy you like it that much. The need to write you a note was overwhelming.

Actually, one of the yarns in that square was early handspun of mine. I held two yarns (or three?) together to get the right gauge.

I just felt that handspun was the right gift for you. (I tried to make superwash sockyarn, but I just can’t stand to spin that thin so I never finished the project.)

Thank you for the shout-out and the lovely words and photo, about my square. At that time, knitting was the only way to love you with actions, and I was really happy to have a project you would receive.


Comment by LynnH 04.09.09 @ 8:29 am

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