A couple of years ago I purchased a book called Landscapes for Small Spaces: Japanese Courtyard Gardens to help me decide what would work in my own courtyard. One of the gardens in the book had a bright red umbrella that changed a very small courtyard from dark to bright and cheery. I have long looked for a red umbrella of my own but, they are either not available or just way out of my price range. Some how Kim was able to read my desire and when she sent the new header I about fell over! It was like a dream come true...my own red umbrella.
Yesterday Project Spectrum started and it made the red umbrella more meaningful. Thank you Lolly for such a great idea! Just as I was bogged down by winters lack of color and knitting on brown Gloria, along comes March and a reason to knit with pink and red! The planets have aligned and several of my other KnitAlongs will come together nicely with Project Spectrum.
This will be my third sweater for the StashALong and I'm so thrilled to use the beautiful pink alpaca, purchased at Estes Park Wool Market last year, for Bonne Marie's Cutaway. It's the same yarn I used for Blaze and it will become a perfect spring cardigan. The new Rowan magazine gave me some ideas for embellishments, too. It will be a very Grrly Grrl Cutaway.
The sock I'm knitting for my SockapalOOOza pal, is a bright pinkish red, which such a happy color. With Project Spectrum thrown in this one is a 3fer as it will also work for the Red Hot Sizzling Sockalong. The pattern is one that has been seen on many blogs lately, the Child's First Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks. It is nice to have a beautiful sock to knit as there has been a sock drought for a couple of weeks.
I also joined the Project Spectrum Post Card Swap. I have long wanted to make my own greeting cards, so this was just the push I needed. There is a scrap booking store next door to my gym (which is very near my home) and I ventured in for the first time last Saturday. To say it was mind boggling is an understatement. The walls were full of pictures and colors and racks of paper and trinkets filled the floor. I walked over to the counter and told the clerk I was a novice and need some help. Truthfully I just couldn't imagine how any of this could be decoded into a final project but, I had to try. She took me around the store pointing out the way items were sectioned off by events, colors, adhesives, cutters, etc. Things started to make a little sense. She also gave me a magazine with ideas to help the creative juices start to flow and then left me to wander. I went up and down each aisle and tried to absorb what I could and look for a place to start. After I found a pretty pink card stock and a section called 'Spring' the ideas started to flow and I picked through the many bins of cutouts and stickers. It took about 40 minutes to gather what I needed. This jumble of color and paper should be a post card for my first pal, Clare. I'll let you know when it arrives at her door so you can see the finished product.
On Monday this beautiful needle case arrived from Mim. She made it with pieces leftover from a special dress she made. I love the fabric and thought it would be a nice way to start out Project Spectrum, too. It's gorgeous Mim! (Click the picture for a peek inside.)
Speaking of Utah Grrl, Mim...another Utah Grrl, Susan has a fun hat in the newest MagKnits. I test knit a couple of hats from this pattern for her last year and it is such a quick way to knit a hat. No DPNs needed!
In other knitting news Gloria is having her first date with a 'needle with an eye' and should be 'coming out' soon. While the needle has his way with her I am tangled up in Seaweed...it's her time to be finished. Also on my needles is the knitting I'm doing for 40 Days for Others. A quick hat here and there will insure a warmer winter for someone in need. The plan is to have a box full of hats ready to give to the men's shelter next winter. Never a dull moment in the land of knitting Zen.