Surfacing…

It’s been a busy few weeks around here: holidays, a women’s retreat…but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been knitting. I’m finally happy with my lace shawl project, having knit it to completion, twice. Well, three times, if you count the first one that I completely frogged! Here’s the second version:

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It’s a very shallow, wide piece of knitting, and there are a lot of ways to wear it. Scarf? Shawlette? Whatever suits your fancy. Thanks to Bobbi for modeling!

The third version has a less ruffly ruffle, and is currently on the blocking wires. The pattern is out to test knitters right now; we’ll see if I made sense! The impetus for this design is the upcoming Sock Summit. I wanted to do something with sock yarn, that wasn’t a sock! I asked my friend Lorajean Kelley (Knitted Wit) to dye a cloudy Portland sky, thinking that the yarn/pattern combination would make a great Sock Summit souvenir. This design will be called Zen Rain; I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

Speaking of Sock Summit, I am registered for three 3 hour classes, plus the Anna Zilboorg lecture and the opening night reception. My classes will be Photographing Your Fiber, Designing with Japanese Stitch Dictionaries, and Choosing Among Choices (sock design). Looking forward to all of it! I’ll also be roaming the marketplace and perhaps helping LJ a bit in her booth, too.

I didn’t take many pictures on retreat, too busy working! But here are a few. The labyrinth at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, OR is a great place to contemplate one’s life.

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And the late afternoon light was absolutely magical.

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I hope your weekend was grand, too. And here we are, on the verge of another one. Happy spring!

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11 responses to “Surfacing…

  1. LOVE your wonderful photos and your new shawl looks fabulous too!

  2. Doesn’t look like it has stockinette! I could get behind this pattern, or more accurately, have it wrapped around me. ;-)

  3. Beautiful shawl! Sorry I couldn’t help w/test knitting this go round. I’m also heading to SS11, so I’ll be sure to stop by Lora Jean’s booth again to say hello! Totally spaced out about registering for the opening night reception; oh well…

  4. What a lovely shawl design! And those afternoon light pictures are just beautiful. Great shots!

  5. peacefulknitter

    I love your new pattern! I’ve been really drawn to that shape of shawl lately. Can’t wait to see you at Sock Summit!

  6. morewithles

    Lovely shawl!!! And so jealous of your SS schedule! :)

  7. Love the scarf –looking forward to the pattern!

  8. I was wondering what you’ve been up to. Glad you had fun and very productive weeks. Zen Rain is gorgeous…love the fun/whimsical sizing. And the classes are fantastic!!!! Can’t wait until July…all fun and exciting!

  9. The shawl is adorable!

  10. Those afternoon light pictures are amazing!

  11. I love that shawl…great design…I love how shallow it is. Can’t wait to knit that one.