Shh. I just got Tee Top settled down. She's been in a snit because I broke my promise to her, and I started the Any Which Way shawl. Readers may remember that I took a vow that I would finish the back of TT before I started the shawl. I admit it; I'm a fickle knitter and a promise-breaker. I made the promise with the best of intentions and I'm callously casting it off and forging ahead. This is simple practicality....I will wear the shawl all winter. I won't wear TT till next spring...assuming she fits and I can wear her at all. This is what happens when you let a project try to run the roost. It wrings promises out of you that you can't or won't keep. This makes you look like the bad guy, when you are simply a knitter who wants to knit what she wants when she wants. Is this too much to ask?
Enough. It's a done deal. I spent two hours perfecting the crocheted cast on, and got 672 beautiful stitches on the needle. Yes, you heard me...672. That's as far as I've gotten. Here's the Koigu that will go into this shawl.
I was inspired by Teresa's seaglass colors. It prompted me to return the selection I had made and start over in picking my colors. I still like Teresa's choices even better, but I had to make do with the paltry selection available at Threadbear. (Hi Rob. Hi Matt.) I've rearranged the order of the colors many times. I think I ended up with the palest green in the middle, and alternating solids with mixtures.
IS THIS A BOOK CLUB OR A KNITTING CLUB
I hosted book club last night for our discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, which all but one of us very much enjoyed. It took a long time to get to the discussion though, because we were full of knitting chatter. Emily was teaching Pat to knit, and I was teaching Chey to knit, and Linda got right to work on the basket of stash yarn that I put out for knitting a Stash Scarf. Emily was also putting finishing touches on a scarf, and I was plugging away on the Making Waves sock. Tina was admiring Emily's scarf and making arrangements to have Emily knit one for her. Jill, who is also a knitter, was looking around at everyone knitting and itching for a pair of needles in her hands. So we knit, we talked, we ate chocolate cake, we picked a new book for next month (The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker...anyone read it?). It was a pretty great night.
AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME
In half an hour I am heading to the airport to pick up my son, Matt, who is home from his summer in Africa. He should have interesting stories to tell. I'll share highlights next week.