Have you missed the blue skies on my blog? It has forever since our sky has been clear blue. On Saturday I hoped the wind would blow away the clouds and clear the sky, but it never did...it blew in a storm. There have been 13 weekends in 2006 so far and 11 of them have been stormy. The week days haven't been much better, fewer storms but, still partly to mostly cloudy. It isn't that the sky isn't interesting but, I miss the blue sky...I miss showing it to you. Sadly, this weekend looks no better. This picture shows more of the mountain from my place, and the horse pasture next door, because on Saturday the high winds blew down part of the fence. At times like this I'm very happy to live in a condo, as someone else has to deal with the problem. Here horsey, horsey...let's go for a ride!
To assuage my yearning for blue, I turned to the Douceur et Soie I chose for Susan's Mountain Stream Scarf. The color is a balm to my blue missing soul and the undulations of the pattern do a nice job of mimicking a mountain stream, with a bit of sky reflected in its waters.
As you've heard me say before, knitting lace is fairly new to me. Most of the shawls, or wraps, I've knit are simple, short pattern repeats. The bottom border of MS went quickly and smoothly, until time to pick up stitches and start the body of the pattern. One must be very careful and make sure to count correctly, which I, apparently, did not. It took 4 (maybe 5) tries and then frogging to start the main section...again, before I was back on track. This has nothing to do with the complexity of the pattern, it isn't hard, and it is great for a fairly novice lace knitter, a knitter who takes the time to count carefully. Susan has written a very easy to follow pattern, one that is interesting to knit and very pretty, too. After ending the third repeat I held up the scarf to admire my work....oh so...! No! What's that? A boulder was in the stream and had taken the water off course, AND it was on row 3 of the third repeat! The process includes ALL that is knitting. The stream met the frog pond is now, a day later, back on course.
Last weekend on the yarn shop hop I found a lovely shade of Silky Wool for Susan's Branching Out Scarf. It's sad but true, I haven't knit this pattern, as yet. My friend, Jean in Grand Junction, will love the color and it will be a nice gift for her birthday in July. I might hold off and knit this during June for Project Spectrum.
Another reason to share that I'm 'Knitting the Blues' is that TeresaC is apparently too busy to blog. Hey grrlfriend...where are you?