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Singin’ those Forest Canopy Blues

Not because I’m unhappy–

but because my Forest Canopy is now blue!

Here’s your regulation blocking shot:

(just for Cookie, the dimensions are 68 inches by 36 inches; definitely no Icarus! but substantially bigger than the original Forest Canopy shoulder shawl)

and another Preteen modeling shot.

(She may be 12, for a bit longer, but she’s 5 feet 4 inches, so makes a good model when I can get her to acquiesce. Sometimes…. )

It’s not quite as vivid a blue as it looks in some of these pictures; the photo below is perhaps a little more accurate. A little.

The green stripes certainly don’t stick out any more!

Though, in the light, you can see the green, but it’s subtle. It looks almost peacock-like, in a way.

So, here’s the story.

Being lazy efficient in my actions, I did not block the shawl first as so many of you very sagely advised me to do. I pinned it out firmly as if it were blocked, in one area, and still saw only green stripes.

Right about then, I got an email from ISE 6, looking for angels for a few people who had never received scarves. I have three scarves on the needles right now, including the one you saw the other day, which is going fast when I let myself work on it. So I volunteered.

The person I got assigned to ‘angel’ is a crocheter, who however loves knit items. She admitted in her questionnaire to a longing for lace, and in fact shyly asked for a lace shawl if there was any chance of such a thing. Her favorite colors are jewel blues and purples, and she doesn’t like too much variegation.

K. I don’t QUITE need to be hit with a bolt of lightning to get it! Let’s see — should I overdye the lace shawl that I’m about to cast off, overdye it blue as I was fretting and fussing about doing anyway, and make someone who’s been waiting way too long for their swap scarf, very happy? Or should I knit a scarf from (almost) scratch that won’t, given the interests of time, be a lace scarf or shawl? Remembering that Forest Canopy was started primarily to use up this raffle prize yarn, and keep Nora company, and had no designated recipient (it was probably going to be for me, but Wendy’s Kay’s shawl is DEFINITELY (I think) going to be for me, so how many shawls do I need?)

So, decision made. I dyed it perhaps more of a jewel sapphire blue than I otherwise would have (I otherwise probably would have re-overdyed it with a bit more green or black to tone it down a bit; I did put in a bit of purple with the sapphire blue); had to do Jennifer‘s cat p— trick (read halfway down in the link to find out more!) to get the excess dye out, then stay up way late last night blocking; but I think and hope it will be just what the jewel-tone lace-loving scarf-lacking swapper will like.

Now to find a couple other treats to send her, but that’s the easy part.

Boy, am I happy to have that decision made, and the shawl all done! Not all blues are sad blues, you know — and the blues are one of my favorite things to play and sing.  Get out that big dreadnought guitar, a nice low key like A, and I’m good.

Here’s to singin’ the blues!

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Must have been all the good wishes…

(thank you so much to everyone who wished us a happy anniversary, that was so sweet and I really didn’t expect it!) … I had a great day yesterday!

Partly with my husband, celebrating our anniversary; partly (since he does not truly appreciate yarn) in solitary fibery revelry.

The latter because….when I got home from work (and I got home early, wonder of wonders), there were three packages waiting for me on the front porch!

(SPOILER ALERT — BLUE MOON FIBER ARTS SOCK CLUB REVEAL LATER IN THIS POST!)

One was the BMFA sock club kit for May; I’ll show that to you in a moment.

One was a (semi-random) act of kindness package from Lisa!

Now, she tells the story here of part of why she sent me a package; we’ve also struck up a blogosphere friendship over the last year, and have a fair amount in common. See my comment on her post as to why the story came to be in the first place, also.

But here’s what came from Maine:

Wow. Just — wow. A great Debbie Bliss book I don’t have; Cara‘s cards, which just this very selfsame week I was looking at once again on Cara’s blog and thinking, I need to buy those beautiful cards one of these days soon; yarn in every shade of purple there is, picked out with some projects in my Ravelry queue in mind (happening to be ones that echo some of our mutual interests, too! The Bathat and the Entomology Mittens are both on my list of things to do down the road).

And the card up at the top is a hand-made card with a photo Lisa’s husband took of a Maine landmark. Very cool.

So that was so special — to have a knitterly care package picked out just for me, for no real reason!

Next, the BMFA Sock Club for May. Wow again. I don’t blog all, or even most, of the yarn/sock club bounty I receive, partly because it would tend to incriminate me. I just smile and pet it. But this was especially cool. I’m 3 for 3 on loving these Sock Club kits so far since joining. The next one will have to be something outrageously neon involving bobbles (sorry to bobble-lovers out there, Sarah-Hope), just to balance the karma wheel, because this is amazing:

I know you can’t see the sock, since I have the Dyer’s Notes on top of the pattern, and I didn’t get a picture of it, but the pattern is by the fascinating Yarnissima, and involves sinuous travelling stitches swirling back and forth across the sock; it’s called “Cleopatra’s Stockings”. (And a bonus Notorious Sock Knitters’ luggage tag! So cool!)

Was that not more than enough for one day? Of course it was! But there was one more package!

My swap package from the International Scarf Exchange 6 had arrived! Rhonda, the knittingirl, lives in the far off country of Texas ; ) and spoiled me something fierce.

Look at these beautifully wrapped packages, all coordinating with pretty ribbon.

The special package had a very special scarf in it. Look at this!

The pattern is “Branching Out“, so I thought the scarf would want to hang out with the pretty spirea!

Here’s a close-up (it’s so lovely, and look at this gorgeous hand-painted yarn!)

The green packages had wonderful things inside:

Can you see? Flowers to plant, gardening gloves to plant them with, chocolate to refresh me after my labors, a pretty Pansy card; even a catnip toy for the cat! And, very awesomely, the extra yarn from making the scarf, which is a super-soft merino hand-dyed by Laughing Rat Studio, colorway “Poppies”. You know, I was just thinking the other day that I don’t have any fingerless mitts with thumbs, because I’ve given away all the ones I’ve made. This will be plenty of yarn to make a pair. For me, me, me! to match my gorgeous scarf!

So at this point in the day, I’m on a yarn, scarf and good feelings high.

And my husband and I then decide to go out to dinner (we had been pretty free and easy about making plans, it’s been such a busy week for both of us). Hooray for having older girls now (10 and 12), so we can make sure they have food and then abandon them for a few hours!

As we left, maybe 45 minutes after the above photos were taken, the air was still and warm, and the sky had become ominous. As we drove off, a few raindrops began to fall. Within two blocks, this was the scene:

(that was with the wipers ON). The rain came up over the curbs as we drove the mile to downtown. It started to hail as we got out of the car.

(here’s the hail as it had built up later coming off a roof; it looked like snow:

and then the first restaurant we went to was taken over by a wedding party! How apropos. So we went to a really swanky restaurant (look at my meal, sesame-encrusted ahi tuna with yin yang rice….)

And the waitress was an aspiring knitter who was telling me about a yarn shop I NEEDED to go to (I’ve heard of it, never been there as it’s out in the middle of not much with odd hours, run by a rather free-spirited woman who has yarn floor to ceiling, apparently; my husband just kept saying, “sounds like our house”!)

Then the sun came out again.

The restaurant is right on the Mississippi.

As we left, a barge tug was going upriver to get a cargo.

What a beautiful end to a wonderful day.

Thanks for all the happy anniversary wishes, again!

This Is the Scarf That Never Ends….

…it just goes on and on, my friends!

(in the (slightly amended) words of the song that my children taught me!)

Well, not really, of course, but you all know how scarves tend to seem to go on forever as far as knitting anyway; so next time I get the bright idea to make a scarf from fingering weight yarn — give me a reality check, won’t you?

If I had thought a bit, I could have knit this lovely Yarn Pirate yarn together with, for example, a soft white yarn, or knit it doubled, for my ‘Frozen Waterfall’ scarf. And I would have been done a week ago!

Not only is the row gauge killing me (I.e. many rows to the inch), but the stitch pattern is just taking a lot longer than it seems like it should to knit.

Yes, it LOOKS like garter stitch.

But it’s really TWISTED garter stitch (knit into the back of every stitch), which I don’t mind for doing ribbing, etc., in fact, I like it; but which slows me down considerably compared to plain knitting.

Here you can see the twists: look at (for example) the row of white stitches, how it looks like they have their legs demurely crossed at the ankle. The purpose of the twisted knit stitch is to keep the knit stitches neat and tidy when stitches are dropped at the end; otherwise the stitches adjacent to the dropped stitch would loosen and look sloppy.

And this is a scarf with a deadline, for the International Scarf Exchange 6, wouldn’t you know. Plus, I was counting on lots of knitting time last Sunday and at least a bit on Monday [spent being ill] so I am not where I wanted to be. As in, done. Ah, well, I have no doubt that I will be done, and I have everything else together for my pal; but there is blocking time to consider as well!

Thanks for all the (bilingual!) good health well wishes. A particularly nasty stomach bug, and I’m not 100% yet, but well enough to finish this post that I started Sunday, and show my face at work briefly.

Everything’s late blooming this spring; our lilies of the valley are just barely starting to bloom, as you can see in the scarf picture above. These are one of my very favorite flowers. Our wedding anniversary is May 27th, and I wanted lilies of the valley in my bouquet, but turns out that’s too late for them by a couple weeks.

Usually.

This year, it would have been good timing, apparently!