::Met some friends for a morning of knitting.
::Hosted more friends for part of a progressive dinner.
And of course, there was knitting.
Minutes after Loop 10 arrived in the mailbox a couple months ago, I rummaged around in the stash, found ample yarn, and cast on Islington shawl. I was in love with it a day or two. I guess I thought the colours dull (what? beige and grey dull??), lost interest (MOI?), and put it in time-out (undoubtedly in favor a new love, although who knows what that might have been?)
Fast forward. After a successfully completed old UFO, I decided maybe I could polish off another languishing, unloved, neglected project. (Every once in a while I go through projects to free up needles and favorite stitch markers that have fallen into the black hole of unloved projects. I'm sure you can relate, right?)
And there was Islington. Unloved? I wonder why? Dull? Really? It was rather easy to fall in love with it all over again. But what has made it one of the most satisfying knits in a very long time came as I was casting off...
I had never done this kind of crocheted cast off before, and I think it's really lovely. You crochet into three live stitches, then chain 5, and repeat across the row. A dainty scalloped border results. Nice. Easy. Decorative.
In spite of the fact that 20 people were coming for dinner, I had to drop everything and block it (in the middle of the kitchen...I had to be careful not to get flour all over it or set a hot pan on top of it---small kitchen, you know! but it IS my 'blocking' world first.)
Now. Back to previously scheduled Christmas knitting.
joining Karen for weekends.