April? Really? After zipping
through February with record-breaking energy and good spirits, March did slow
me down just a bit. And yet…it’s done and over, so any perception of Slow Down
the World - I Want to Take a Break was just a
mirage. A hallucination.
I received a scolding email
from a “fan” basically saying get my fingers moving on the keyboard instead of
on my knitting needles. Janice is a lovely woman from Colorado, with whom
I share a granddaughter. I consider myself very lucky. I have two
daughters-in-law who are wildly wonderful women….and who had the good sense to
fall in love with my sons….and each of them has a mother who is a pleasure to know
and share lives with now. So when Janice says write a blog post damn it!, I
take it seriously.
figuring Maura will be four when this finally fits her.
So I put it aside to
concentrate on something she can wear NOW. Aha…how about the Baby Surprise
Jacket? I’ve wanted to make this for ages, and I recently acquired some Mochi
Plus just for this purpose. I am three-quarters of the way done with this one,
and again….I miscalculated what size to make. Another toddler tog on the
horizon, but not what I want to show up with for wearing this spring and
Third time is the charm, I
hope. I picked up a couple skeins of Ty-Dy Dots, and have just started another
favorite pattern…..Peekaboo from Heirloom Stitches.
I do have one FO to report on.
My second Ruffles and Ridges, made with Noro Silk Garden sock yarn, is done and
is charming. I love this pattern…have I mentioned that? Maybe next time I’ll
make the larger size out of a DK weight and have a substantial shawl out of
I also have a new project for
myself in the starting stages. I put together a kit for this Helen Hamann
Rainbow Cardigan last year at Stitches Midwest, and I am finally getting around
to starting it. My version will use just half the rainbow spectrum….the darker
shades. Since it involves a knitting technique I’ve never done before
(intarsia) I scheduled a session with one of my favorite mentors to help me get
started. Sarah has me entirely clear on everything I need to do, but I am still
struggling with my gauge swatch and making sure I have enough yarn in each
color to complete this project. The pattern itself is just a wee bit……skimpy on
clear directions. I’ve emailed the designer herself for clarification on a few
issues. The last few days I’ve been obsessed with getting the numbers to
work…..I think one more swatch will do it. I think I can….I think I can….
Roving Reporter: So Sharon….what’s new and exciting in your life besides your knitting foibles?Sharon: RR, I’m so glad you asked. Let’s see…..I had a wonderful visit with my daughter in Tennessee over her spring break. It’s not every child who wants to spend part of her spring break with her mother. Becky gave up Cabo….Cancun….Fort Lauderdale….the Italian Riviera….just for me. I do love that girl!
RR: Any other travel plans on
Sharon: You bet. Trillium Twirl dance camp in a few weeks. Denver right after that. An overnight in Novi for my grand-niece’s bat mitzvah in May. A big road trip out west this summer. A Labor Day weekend fly-in Blakesburg Iowa. The Creativ Expo in Toronto next October. There’s still room for other sojourns….have to see what transpires.RR: Wow…does this leave any time for your new business as a jewelry rep?
Sharon: Sure does. I take my
samples with me and serendipity seems to happen. But speaking of business, I am
looking to fill up my May calendar in particular. Anyone interested in
hostessing in May…I will have special incentives for you. And again….I’d really
like to do fundraisers. I will be very generous with sharing my commission with
fundraising efforts in May. Contact me if you want to discuss this.
RR: What about Abby and Paige?
I haven’t heard you mention them.
Sharon: I have not seen them
enough this winter! But I will be spending several days with them in a few
weeks. I hope they haven’t grown up too much. I hope they aren’t taller than
Here they are in late February....
RR: Any parting words before we end this interview?
Sharon: Yep. GO MSU !!!! It’s not often I get excited about a sports event. But our basketball team is shaking things up. Impossible not to care at all.