A Visit from the Bride and Groom
My brother Gregory, and new SIL (guess!) Margaret stopped by for a visit this week, so we took a carriage ride to see the downtown sites.
It was great to see them again so soon after the wedding. We took the ride as early as possible to avoid too much heat, and had a nice time checking out the city.
The Rebirth of Cool
Now that the Bonfire Shawl is at my LYS (and generating lots of interest), I started a new Painted Shawl just for me. Here are the colors I chose.
While I liked how the oranges of the Bonfire Shawl turned out, and it made me realize that I need more orange in my wardrobe, I'm attracted to pinks and purples. While the Bonfire shawl had hot colors, these feel cool.
I quickly came up with a name for this shawl--Caribbean Blue from my favorite Enya song. It's mainly blues. punched up Caribbean style with pinks and purples. I wanted to experiment with solid colors too.
My first attempt.
While I adore that gorgeous electric blue Koigu, it's a bit too strong to start things off. The colors aren't flowing either, so I frogged it.
This is better.
I like the color flow, and the bright solids add interest.
The pattern is called Columns and Arches and it's the first sock that I used a different heel from the standard slip stitch heel flap with a turn. It's the Forethought Heel from Sensational Knitted Socks , and while a little fussy--a provisional cast on and color sequence match the yarn--it's not too bad, and the yarn looks great with this heel.
The problem is that the sock too loose. They look okay on the foot, but they need to be tighter to reduce wear. I used the Knit Picks size 2 dpns (I don't swatch for socks. I should, but it's okay).
I'll drop to a size 1 for the next sock to see how that works. BTW, the pattern--is easy and user friendly.
Merrily I "Rove" Along
Pat's very happy with his wheel. He's reading loads of spinning books and practicing.
I've been buying roving.
and from the LYS
Isn't that photo great? I would have never thought to style a photo this way. Pat's a much better photographer than I am.
Here's some of that roving spun.
He wants me to make this. My LYS currently has a trunk show for Folk Hats. While he realizes he won't get much use out of it in Charleston, he loves the hat, and I got the Crystal Place Splash for $1.00.
Margene has plans for a spin and knit KAL. It looks intriguing. I'm thinking about learning to spin drop spindle style. Can I learn to spin sock yarn by October? I'm going to get the book, and give it a try.
Shop Not Drop Pt. 2
We stopped by the new Tanger Outlet that opened Friday. I usually avoid going shopping on sales tax holiday weekend and coupled with an outlet sounded like a recipe for pandemonium. We went fairly late--after 6 pm--so it wasn't too hot, and while it was crowded, I could tolerate it. Patrick, not so much, but was a good sport.
I wanted to visit the Borders Outlet store, and while the selection is small, I found some interesting poetry (One book has a poem by my new favorite poet Brigit Pegeen Kelly, who I read about on Pam's blog) history, and science books at good prices.
We also stopped by the Fossil Outlet where I saw some supercute purses, but willpower prevailed, and I left with none. However, it's in my head.
Can someone tell me why wedding attire qualifies for no sales tax this weekend? I'm stumped.