In preparation for the August class at the shop, I worked up an entrelac scarf:
the design is called "Upstairs and Down" from the newest issue of Knitter's magazine. My sample was knit from three balls of Noro Chirimen and 5.5mm needles. Not a big fan of so much ribbing, but because it is entrelac you are only working in rows of 9 stitches. The worst and hardest thing about this scarf is making certain that you have reached the end of the tier before starting back the other way. I can't tell you how many times I turned too early!
I also finished up the sample shawl from Sublime Extra Fine Merino Lace, modelled here by my friend Barb.
I used Lala's Simple Shawl and the wool held double. I love it, as does Barb. We might have to venture into the mud wrestling room to determine ownership. (Perhaps I should enlist my siblings in a training exercise to warm up?). In any event, this was 3 balls of wool and a 4.5mm needle. I love it, and a large part of me wishes I had sprung for the fourth ball and made it a bit larger. As it is, though, it is a perfect summer cover-up.
I also finished up a pair of socks! these are "Flambeau" designed by Terry Ross.
I used one full ball of SRK On Your Toes Bamboo, but ran short at the cuff. Being ever thrifty, I simply did the cuff in a contrasting colour--coral. Both these yarns were in my stash, so it's all good. I did modify the pattern a wee bit--the short row reel was written in garter stitch, which made me crazy for reasons I will explain further. So I simply switched to stocking stitch and carried on. Holy moly--are these comfortable socks! I just might switch over to short row heels in the future! Do other folks have a preference for short row vs heel flap heels? Why?
And the craziness over the garter stitch short row heel, as well as the purple shawl? I have been procrastinating getting a new prescription for my glasses. It was the lace-weight shawl that did me in. Frustrated that I couldn't see clearly, I finally caved. turns out that my frames were too old (heh, who knew wire frames had a life expectancy?) so I ordered new frames as well. Behold:
These are executive bifocals, so the reading area is larger than usual. I also went without the transitioning between the distance and reading portion. I can see! the downside is that I also see the line between the two prescriptions and my brain translates that to be the top of my frames. I find I am regularly tipping my head back, when I don't or shouldn't. It is a learning experience, but this "old dog" is determined to learn the new trick.