Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Somewhere...

...in Ohio, last night, Marina must have picked herself up off the floor, and wondered - ow! now why did I fall to the ground??? Well, that would be because I felt the sudden urge TO WORK ON WESTERN SEAS!!!

Yes, the long neglected (but not forgotten) and little known Starmore gansey (it's the adult version of a gansey from "The Children's Collection") was pulled out and worked on last night. And, I am this close to having the back finished. You know what that means? Two sleeves, and a collar.

*oooooooohh*

Baby steps. That's all I can ask for with this project. I love it, but I certainly question my sanity in working it in the first place. And I don't even remember when that was. I think it's pushing 2 years...

Speaking of baby steps...

She who does not photograph well because of the pale colour aka Fulmar. I love her. She's just taking awhile... You know, 236 stitches will do that. But, Michele mentioned how she's going to shorten hers, which is what I think I'm going to do as well. I'm not sure of the finished length yet. It's still a waaayyyy off. What you see above is 2 full repeats. It's just so fascinating to knit up! There are so many different cable motifs.

Let's see...what else have I been doing... I spent the day with Lorraine on Saturday! As always, a great time. She had me model Guinivere, her latest Fair Isle design. Again, I contemplated making a run for it, but I had no clue where we were (I don't know that area of Toronto...). Oh, that and the fact she would have had my St. Brigid, which I wore to the location. Plus I was getting hungry, and Lorraine's a good cook. OK, so I wouldn't have gotten far. But let me tell you, it's another excellent design, and I think it should be out soon.

I've been working on little things - a bit of Mermaid, a bit of some stranded Norwegian mittens, and far too many incarnations with my lovely pumpkin Fleece Artist yarn I picked up at the Knitter's Fair in September. I think I'm on my 4th try, and I'm pretty sure I'm good now. I think. But if it does stick, I'll post a picture the next time around.

And look at what was waiting for me at my door yesterday!

All sorts of goodies from Chaos and Mayhem's Mom! There's a mixed cat-themed CD, some PJ's with black cats on them, very cute socks with a black cat on them, a kitty fridge magnet, a note pad (pink!), some pink highlight tape (which has already replaced my pesky Post-It notes on small charts - what a great idea!), a black cat measuring tape, a bumper-sticker, AND - some very soft and snuggly pink sock yarn! Dyed for MOI!!! AWWWW, thanks Chris! It was such a wonderful goody box! (Canada Post decided to keep it at the border for close to 2 weeks. What is up with them???)



"Aww... I was expecting Mayhem to jump out of the box. She said she'd try, but I guess her Mom caught on. *sigh*"


So - how much time are you spending on Ravelry?! Can I tell you? Me? A lot. But wow, am I ever seeing a lot of great stuff. I guess that's the beauty of it all! And it certainly is organizing my life for the next, oh, 25 years, with all the stuff I have lined up in my queue. You know what's really great? Seeing all the finished designs made up of yarns/kits in my stash. It is a lot of fun.

(My ID on Ravelry (wait for it, 'cause it's a tough one to remember) is "Brigitte". Wow. So, if you haven't already, pop on by, drop me a line, I'd love to see more stuff!)

16 comments:

Nicole said...

Oh, I love Ravelry. Love love love. It is indeed so much fun, and I think I have more sock in my queue than I will knit in many years. Maybe ever. Ah well.

Nice package, too! And it's a shame May couldn't come jumping out of the package to play with Gandalf. I think they might be the only things that would be able to keep up with the other. =)

Chris said...

You're very, very welcome!! Hee hee - think how hungry May would've been after two weeks in a box...

Fulmar is gorgeous, but it sort of hurts my brain to look at and think of all the different cables I see going on. Whoa.

Marina said...

A little birdie told me you were working on it!

Now you need to update your pics on Ravelry. What's this about ripping Persian Tiles? And what happened to Elizabeth 1?

Ravelry is evil! In the last few days, some of the ladies from TricotNordique have been uploading their Starmore projects. More to add to my faves and queue.

I want that pink sock yarn. Gorgeous!

Bridget said...

What a great package (am I weird if I think the pjs were an especially good touch?)!

Ravelry is like crack. But in a good way. :-)

miyamojo said...

Fulmar looks great! What a great gift package - love that pink yarn too! I wouldn't have ran and left my St Brigid either! I'm scared that Ravelry will suck all my spare time up, so I'm not too anxious to be invited, but I want to see what everyone has done...

Anonymous said...

Gandalf is hot. --Meems

Lorraine said...

Bridge- I love Ravelry. There, I said it.
You are spoiled- love the dyed yarn, and all the rest. I think there's competition for Gandalf's affections.
Give me a lovely big he-man like Atticus any day.

Sonya said...

Ravelry is my new favorite time waster. If there were more hours in the day, I'd spend it on Ravelry. Your Fulmar is going to be gorgeous. It does kinda cause brain ache though. I'll stick with my plan to tackle St. Brigid. Someday.

Rebekah said...

I just wish I had more time to spend on Ravelry. I havne't even scratched the surface of its wonderfulness I think.

Traceyleezle said...

Ravelry, yet another one of those things I remember from long, long ago. This baby has me in bead by 9:30 every night! That night owl me? I have no idea where she went to. Great goody package. As soon as I saw it, I said, "That's from Chris."
The sweater is coming out beautiful! All those cables! You amaze me.

Dipsy said...

Awww! What you call "baby steps" is absolutely amazing! I'm totally impressed by the beautiful cabling and hang my head in shame when I think about my ridiculous attempts at it!
Oh, and Ravelry? Yessssss ;)

bev said...

Fulmar is so pretty! When it is done, I will gladly take it off your hands. I can just picture you; running for all you are worth, screaming wildly, with Lorraine hot on your heels waving St Bridgid like a battle flag. Too bad you would have been lost in an unknown area. Or maybe good for Lorraine.
I too love the time suck called Ravelry!

Brenda said...

Lovely things from Chris! Gandalf will have to live with the disappointment though.

Fulmar is amazing!

knitseashore said...

Fulmar is amazing already. I hope one day to work up to something as intricate as that!

What an awesome box you received! You can never have too many kitty things.

I love Ravelry too, but it's probably a good thing I haven't been on it very often lately.

Carrie K said...

Fulmar looks fabulous. The light color might not photograph well (although it did) but it sure will show up the cabling magnificently.

Stranded Norwegian mittens? Spill!

Now it's just Sleeve Island for Western Seas! Awesome.

Marji said...

love Ravelry, and don't talk to me about the amount of time.
Meanwhile, I {heart} your Fulmar. It's so freakin' gorgeous. But help me out here, I really need to refrain from casting on until I finish Kilkenny and Dickinson -which are proceeding apace.