Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Mystic(al) Finish

I really find it tough to create blog posts while I am also posting progress information on Ravelry. I feel this needs to change. I plan to post at least twice per week all through the month of May. If any of you find I'm not holding up to my pledge, e-mail me (carollpaul AT verizon DOT net [remove the spaces and replace the caps with the symbols]) and give me a hard time. I need to make this a habit. I enjoy writing a bit and I love having an album of my knitting.

So, I'm going to catch you up on my Mystic Light KAL progress.

Clue 2

Clue 3

Clue 4

Finished (Clue 5) and blocking

These photos turned out terrible. I had to use a flash and it is being blocked on a purple sheet. The colors are way off. Way. off.

I had to stop knitting at row 158 since I knew I did not have enough yarn to complete the whole pattern. It blocked out large enough (50" X 32"). I think I might make this one again in a solid color. The pattern is fun to knit and actually moves very quickly. Anna is doing a series of "Mystics" and I can hardly wait to find out the next "element."

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I had a Harlot-y time

I've done oodles of knitting since my last post, but I have to skip right to last night. I went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the Yarn Harlot) in Ann Arbor. So incredible! I met some really nice knitting folks and saw some breathtaking projects (both finished and in-progress).
Stephanie was so funny. The comraderie in the room was like nothing I've experienced before. I have participated in groups that gather to knit and/or spin, but she has this ability to make folks feel "together."

If she comes anywhere near you, run, don't walk, to the event. Bring knitting and food and a camera. That's really all you need (well, the food and camera are optional).

I only took one photo myself since I was mesmerized by most everything (Stephanie speaking, others' works of art, friendly knitters, etc.).

Here's the photo I like the most:

That's me holding the current infamous travelling sock and Stephanie holding my finished Mother Earth Stole (formerly "Spring Shawl Surprise"). I had planned on having her hold my in-progess Secret of Bad Nauheim, but once she had the Mother Earth in hand, that was time (there was a super long line behind me and I didn't want to shorten others' time with her). I also have a very short video clip on my camera, since the very kind woman (who is not Rams) who was taking photos accidentally hit the video button while taking the picture. I would post it as a video link from YouTube, but it's boring and very short (lots of shots of the floor).

I plan on doing this again for the next book tour. She's funny and charming and worth every minute of driving and waiting one might have to endure.

Plus, she hugged me because I'm a doula. Should I wash the sweater vest I was wearing? Frame it? Send it on its own tour? I still can't bring myself to take the nametag off of it with my Ravelry ID (KnittinDoula) since that is how she recognized me as a doula. I'm an official groupie now, aren't I?