FOs and MS3

An obscure title for those who don’t knit and blog, I know.

FOs — Finished Objects!

I finished the prayer shawl

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and here’s a photo of another FO, completed earlier this year (BB — Before Blog) for the Gothlet’s birthday:

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It is so her.

Skull chart is from Jennifer’s DomiKNITrix website (check out her book if you haven’t already, it has some fun and creative patterns and ideas). Felted bag my own design, such as it is; because of the intarsia, I couldn’t knit the bag in the round as I usually do for felted bags. So I knit a long strip, back/bottom/side, with enough extra bottom and width to gusset the bottom and sew the sides together. Then knit an I-cord strip and poked it through the top in four places, tying it firmly on the inside. Seemed to work. (BTW, I don’t care for intarsia or sewing, so this was purely out of love — but the recipient loved it!)

WIP — work in progress, almost done — a final pair of fingerless gloves for the Loopy Ewe challenge out of sport-weight yarn:

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MS3 is Mystery Stole 3, which is working up to a June 29th start, and the anticipation among the group is almost overwhelming! There’s at least one local knitter, and knitters from Europe, Australia and even farther afield. Wow! If only I could decide on a yarn for sure! I didn’t have anything in my stash in the suggested colors of black or white (hard to believe, Lee, I know!); I swatched up some sock yarn, but it would make a good-sized large shawl, I think — which is not necessarily bad, but not the ethereal look one gets with lace weight yarn. I did find a selection of appropriatedly sized beads (they’re optional) at Gossamer Wings (local bead store), which should work with a variety of yarns. I might go back and get some pearly beads if I decide on white/off-white yarn, though. I have some yarns coming by mail order to swatch.

I’m leaning towards black, as I know I’ll wear it with dressy outfits (I also know The Preteen will try to steal it!). But it will be harder to knit — hard to see the dark stitches even without 40-something eyes. Ah, well, there’s plenty of daylight this time of year! (Did you see the Yarn Harlot’s account of her recent book-signing trip to Alaska? Talk about daylight!)

Here, by daylight, are some garden pictures. That’s the hardest thing about living in the Northlands, it’s NOT green for half the year, so we have to get our fix while we can.

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2 responses to “FOs and MS3

  1. It may have been a pain to knit that skully bag in intarsia, but the end result is totally worth it. Love the bag! And your garden shots are gorgeous!

  2. mmm, I was going to compliment you on the skull bag and the flowers, but since Rachel already said that, I look like a copy cat!

    skulking off in shame.

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