Sunday, August 31, 2008

Striking August Sun

brought me indoors to show where I've placed my Ravelympics pin. Yes, it's right on this year's Retreat 2.75 tote. In this tote is the Ultra Alpaca for RTB. RTB had some frogged last night and then that part reknit plus 2 more ridges. I just wasn't happy with the short rows. I'm still not really thrilled, but I do have a plan for later on if I'm not pleased with it.

The Ravelympics pin was $5.00, $2.50 of which goes to (the real) Special Olympics. There were only 2,000 pins available, so this is a real collector's pin, plus goes for a really good cause.

The KAL on the Gansey Yahoo group starts September 1st (oh good grief, that's tomorrow!) I had been concerned that the Old Rose 5 skeins of J&S 2 ply jumperweight might not be enough, even for a vest.
Again this morning I plowed through my J&S stash to uncover 10 skeins of this #90, a discontinued color. The strikingly sharp August sun, even with filters, has changed this yarn color to more gold than it is. Comprised of blues, greens and yellows, it will coordinate with many wardrobe challenges...

Also on tap for September is the KAL with Joyce Williams on the Schoolhouse Press website. Joyce will be teaching her wonderful methods of knitting socks. She's had the video out for years which wasn't commercially distributed. I'd gotten one at Camp 1 in 2005. I'm anxious to knit along to see how she has developed procedures for the KAL. I'll be using my leftover red gansey yarn from the gansey (guernsey) I'd finished last October from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts' handspun design in an early Knitter's magazine, long out of print but sometimes available on eBay. (It's shown blocking on the bed with Nikki guarding it here on the blog.)

I'm expecting an afternoon of enjoying our lovely cloudless 80 degree low humidity, preparing potato salad and knitting this Labor Day weekend. We're also concerned for friends and family in the South who are preparing for Hurricane Gustav's arrival.


yarn elf said...

KAL and the RTB will keep your needles flying. The yarn should produce an intresting Gansey. Do you know what patterns are being used.

Socks on circular needles should be intresting. In the move my pair on sirculars has not resurfaced yet.

G the end of summer all ready


what's the flower next to the yarn?