I've suspended work on this stole, my very first 'for me' knitting, but I'm diligently knitting my Ravelympics Socks, also for me and also lacy.
I've knit lace edgings before, but these are my first allover lace patterns, and I'm enjoying them immensely. I was worried that lace would require more patience and concentration than I'm capable of, but both patterns are simple enough that I can divide my attention between them and the children and/or my podcasts and not make too many mistakes. Also, lace is very easy to read, or at least my current projects are, so when I do err and then forget what row I'm on, I can figure it out pretty quickly. I suppose a very complicated lace problem would require far more time and attention than I have, and would be difficult to read as well, so I'll save those for when I'm older and wiser and bereft of small children.
Sock the first is completed, save for the grafting. I'm going to put the toe stitches on a holder and finish sock the second and then do all the grafting at once. Grafting does take every ounce of concentration and patience I have, and a quiet room and soothing music as well, so it's best to do it all at once. The pattern is called 'ribbed lace' and is from Charlene Schurch's 'Sensational Knitted Socks.' It's a traditional cuff-down, turned-heel sock, so it won't be refootable, but I intend it for cozy evenings at home, so that's alright. I suppose I could always darn it, since I'll have a bit of the yarn left over. Darning socks is such an old-fashioned chore, but I like it in moderation.
I've also been using my sewing machine lately, since Justin 'fixed' my iron. I'm trying to convince him to write a guest entry on how to do what he did, because the auto shut-off function on these irons is evidently a common source of woe to Rowenta owners. I ran off a couple of bibs from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing for my niece Piper, and took them to a local baby boutique to get a color-coordinated plate and cup set. Yes, I'm that goofy. Anyway, the boutique owner might like to buy them outright or on consignment, depending on the price. Something to consider!
My next sewing project, and one I need to get started on very soon (like, last week!) is for the Sassy Apron Swap. See the pretty fabric on the below entry? Imagine that in a 40'sesque bib apron with bias trim! I'm a little nervous about using bias tape for the first time, but I think it's well within my scope. Once I've sent it off, I'm going to make myself a simpler apron out of muslin, but with lots of pretty embroidery from Hillary Lang's delightful designs. Because I really miss embroidery!
Further down the pipeline are the children's fall sweaters. This year, I'm using O Wool 'Balance' for all of them: Wren's in 'lapis', Robin's in 'malachite' and Finch's in 'graphite'. Translation: slate, moss, and charcoal! Further translation: blue, green, gray!! I hope it's not too precious to use coordinating yarns. I'll be using different patterns, and Robin's is to have a broad agagte (brown) stripe because Spinster's didn't have quite enough of the malachite. Wren's is to have some lace, Robin's some gansey-style knit/purl designs, and Finch's some cables. I can't wait to get started, but I have to, at least until my socks and apron are finished.
dinner tonight: takeout, but last night was Shaker corn pudding, tomato basil salad, and fried cilantro chicken sausages. Yummy!