Weekend Update with hints o’ Sun(flower)

Unfortunately without shawl progress photos: I haven’t gotten the Girasole all spread out to take an up-to-date photo.  But I am knitting on the edging as of late last week!  That’s the good news.

The bad news: 640 stitches per row; each stitch to bind off equals TWO  rows of the lace edging, though short rows and pretty simple garter lace.  Still.  I was thinking 640 rows, and when I realized it was 1280 rows, it made sense why progress was so slow.  (Each lace pattern repeat is less than 0.5% of the total circumference of the shawl.  Gah.  Maybe I had better stop calculating right now.)

When I have more bound off, I should be able to photograph it (right now it’s all bunched up on the needles) and of course soon there should be a blocking shot of the Golden Girasole!  In the meantime, there was a bit of sunshine to knit by this past weekend, just as I wished for last week.

Saturday’s Sky, a neighbor’s sugar maple tree:


and again:


I admit, I didn’t specify anything as far as wishes for temperature.  With the result being temperatures 20 degrees below normal.  Oh, well, at least we didn’t get more than a trace of snow before the clear-and-cold….

(No, the snow waited for TODAY.)

Despite the cold, I had visitors from the Twin Cities yesterday, just coming to see the area, tour around, hang out for a bit!  We went to Salem Stitchery & Knittery (formerly Country Woolgatherer) where Tammy was having a fall Open House and sale; and then had a nice drive around the orchards and Grandad’s Bluff.


Nicole, Jonelle and Becca.  Above, outside Salem Stitchery; below, Nicole perusing lovely yarn inside.


Oohing and Aahing about the Mississippi River Valley from the Minnesota side. 


Though we had to watch out for the herds of lawn deer roaming La Crescent.


We even saw an eagle on top of Grandad’s Bluff!



3 responses to “Weekend Update with hints o’ Sun(flower)

  1. Whoa! It’s probably best not to do those calculations…a little daunting.

  2. I calculated for that linen stitch shawl, but then it was just a big rectangle and easy to do. The big number was impressive to non-knitters, but even a sweater has many thousands of stitches. Never mind your Girasole, whew, calculating that would make my head hurt. But then I am not super quick with calculations…

    Looks like you all had a grand time! And what lovely color.

  3. Oh, man… those pictures make me homesick! I’ll have to take hubby to Grandad’s Bluff when we visit next summer.

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