Thank you for your kind comments on Koigu Zetor. At the end of a special project, one that has been a part of daily life for several weeks, it's hard to get back into the swing of something new. As it turned out, I found the perfect project to fill the need and it was Persephone. There wasn't much time to knit this past weekend, but Persephone went everywhere I went, just.in.case. She grew by one repeat...a hard won repeat, as it turned out. It was hard to stop thinking about her, or stop knitting, once I got going.
The first time I began (don't we all start our project more than once?) I just couldn't see how the pattern worked, how the lace fit together and my brain was making all sorts of (wrong) assumptions! I called Miriam in the off chance there was errata, but I knew the answer before she answered the phone as I'd seen her knitting from the chart a few days before. She confirmed there was no errata, but kindly tried to think of what might be throwing me off. I told her it was me, my brain hadn't kicked in and I would just start over to see if that was the reboot needed. Indeed, it was...a fresh start had me on the right track and everything made sense the second time through. Don't you just
hate love when that happens?
Miriam's lace patterns are so interesting and entertaining (I love good knitting entertainment). She doesn't just find a stitch pattern and put an edge on it, she thinks about the design and how patterns will mesh and work together. Persephone is a fun knit because it isn't the same thing over and over and the design is interesting to do. Too bad my pictures turned out so horribly as this does not show the depth of the colorway or the interesting pattern changes. I'll try to do better next time.
Judy's yarn is perfect for this project and adds another dimension of interest. The mix of brown tones with the grayed purple gives the color a very organic feel, which I wish you could see. (I'll try to do better.) The sheen, which is also hard to capture in pictures, enhances the color and design. I love everything about Persephone and will enjoy knitting every stitch.
CeCe has grown only slightly since I got caught up in Persephone madness…but the rest of this week will be all about CeCe. The main reason (beside the desire to wear her) is that yarn for a new project has arrived. I've enjoy wearing NBT the First very much and decided it was time to do a redo. NBT will make another great summer sweater. Isn't that sleeve about as interesting as knitting gets? (kidding)
I often wear blue and brown together and I almost bought brown for a contrasting neck and sleeve bands, but I think one color will be less limiting. I'm going to make this NBT more grrly with picot hems on sleeves, body and around the neck. Unlike my first NBT there will be no design across the chest. This shirt will be ready to go anywhere, with anything, all summer long.
The week I ordered the Calmer for Nothin' but a T I also printed off the pattern. I'm so relieved as MagKnits is now history. (Yes, I know there are ways to get the patterns if you don't already have them.) Alison said she'll republish NBT on her blog if the archives are not restored and Jody is adding some of the patterns to her new Knotions magazine, too.
I must give a shout out to Chris (and Chaos and Mayhem) for sending two fabulous CD mixes. As far as I'm concerned they are near perfection. You know just the right songs, (even the titles are perfect) and genre's that mix well...good work, Chris! They have been the soundtrack to my daily life this week and I love them.