…for the yarn to arrive* to start Heidi’s test knit, I’ve been keeping myself occupied with other things. Since today is Thursday, here are three of them:
First, knitting Anker’s Second Shirt I started this on Sunday and I’m pleased that this second version seems to be going as smoothly as the first (and *knocks on wood* so far no silly mistakes). This yarn is making a much different fabric from the first one I knit in Knitpicks’ CotLin. If I’m going to have a wardrobe of summer sweaters based on just a handful of patterns, at least the fabric and colors won’t be all the same.
Second, crocheting the Vintage Crochet Afghan. I think I’m on track to finish this tomorrow (day 39/100 if you’re counting 😉 ) Here’s a big view of the first side edging complete (the one at the bottom)
and a close-up of the edging – right and wrong sidesThe edging provides a great place to hide the ends; I was even able to cover many of them while I worked those edge stitches.
Third, the yarn for afghan #2 arrived and I couldn’t be happierI chose the colors based on my beloved collection of blue and white china and this favorite photo of me and a dear friend, taken at another friend’s 60th birthday party (14 years ago … when 60 seemed “a little older” than we were) Those pink/orange tulips in those blue and white pitchers … how could I resist! I’m going to follow the same pattern (well, the 5-color version). The 5-color version calls for the same amount of each color, so I haven’t had to decide yet which color will be the “main” … that’s the color that will frame the piece. I’m about 50/25/25 between the white, the rosehip, and the hydrangea. What are your thoughts?
Curious commenters have asked what’s to become of these afghans. Right now, I’m planning for the first one to reside on our porch. Marc regularly uses one I crocheted for him in college (all the shades of brown) and this one would be mine. The second will replace the faded green chenille throw I keep on the reading chair in my study. I’ve made many blankets and afghans over the years, and these will be the first two for me. We’ll see!
… and whoa, just as I was going to Carole’s blog to grab a link, I read her news about Dale. Blogging about yarn seems silly … and yet it’s comforting. and somehow maybe the most normal thing we can do. along with offering up messages of love, support, and encouragement.
*or not. I’ve placed orders with two on-line shops and both have supposedly shipped, but I still have no tracking information to know when the yarn might arrive. The sweater is “due” by June 1. I can probably start it early next week, but I can’t wait much longer. So I’m giving it until tomorrow to receive some tracking info … and if it doesn’t come, I’ll be using Berroco Remix Light (leftovers from another sweater). and for sure, planning to knit a second one!