Just in the nick of time….
I finished the Springtime Bandit shawl in time to wrap it, put it in a suitcase and bring it to my mother as a Valentine’s Day gift (we’ll forget that I initially said it was her birthday gift). It took way longer than it should have, but its done now, and I think its sort of pretty!
Pattern: Springtime Bandit
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock, Velvet Grapes colorway
Started: December 27, 2009
Finished: February 5, 2010
This really is a nice pattern – I don’t think my pictures do it justice. The pattern is very well written, easy to follow and an interesting knit – and very easy. I love the edging – its just the best part of the whole thing – and overall, I really enjoyed knitting this. For some reason, a shawl that should have taken two weeks took me about 6. It was no fault of the pattern – but it was just my level of focus – I wasn’t knitting as much in January, and when I was I worked on too many different things. But all in all, this was a very good knit and I liked it so much I already bought the yarn for another (worsted weight yarn this time!).
I used Malabrigo Sock for this and absolutely love the yarn – I think it is amazing yarn and perfect for shawls. I love the feel of it – both while I was knitting and after I blocked it. But – I sort of wish I had not used such a varigated colorway for the shawl. I think the pattern gets a little lost in it, and it would be better in a solid or semi-solid. But up close the colors are so pretty, and I think my mother will love it. Anyway, the Malabrigo Sock is a great yarn, and I just love everything about it. I don’t think I’ve hit a bad Malabrigo yarn yet!
As I said above, I am going to visit my mother – I leave tomorrow morning. She lives in California, and its such a hardship to leave New Jersey in the winter and go spend 5 days in warm sunny Southern California – especially after the 15″ of snow we got yesterday. Its just me going – Larry and the kids are all staying home, and it will be nice to have some one on one time with her. I still need to pack – its hard for me to imagine what I need to bring and what 70 degrees feels like! I am very happy to leave my big coat, boots, mittens, hats and scarves here though!
As far as knitting – I’m bringing the Citron shawl (almost up to the fifth repeat – I’m planning on doing 7 and its just flying!) and probably my commute socks too (just in case I need two projects). I think I’ll have lots of knitting time, and hopefully I’ll have a finished Citron by the time I come home. The Madelinetosh Prairie is amazing yarn – I will definitely be getting more!
Yesterday was Dan’s birthday – he turned 25! I can’t believe that one of my kids is that old (I had him when I was 10 of course!). His birthday was a little bit of a non-starter though – his work did close because of the snow we got so he had the day off – but we weren’t able to give him the gift we bought him because Fedex couldn’t deliver. But we had a nice dinner and Larry made him a delicious cake (it really is good – seems like a weird recipe but it was delicous!). Happy Birthday, Dan – and that’s it – I’m not counting higher than 25!
OK, I think I’m going to go catch up on my blog reading and take a nap (such a hard life!)!
Penny thinks that she would like to come to California with me….
Have a great weekend!