|Close-up of a border swatch at the corner with the dreaded crochet cast off|
To the block!
Once you get through that hurdle, you still have to block this large piece. Clear a room, and put a blocking surface on the floor. I use El Cheapo interlocking floor puzzle pieces for kid playrooms, about $20 for a set at any Wal-Mart.
At this point, I know that the struggle with the shawl is far from over. But I can tell you one thing: this is one shawl that will make even non-knitters look at you with admiration. A brag-a-licious shawl!
And I also got to meet Lorri, who made me feel like a rock star! she reads the blog so it was a lot of fun to meet. And of course, this is why I hardly ever take pictures of myself - I can't help making goofy faces!By the way, Lorri designed the cowl she was wearing (while I was walking Ms Elly).
And speaking of Elly... I have some great pictures of the shawls that the sampler makers sent me which I will show you in the next update. They all did such a great job!
Once I was done with the final instructions in the shawl, it was as if the floodgates of knitting were open. I just had waaaaay too many project that had been postponed, so naturally I suffered an attack of startitis. To wit:
Gridiron Sweater for my youngest, in Iowa State Cyclones colors.I only have to knit the number, and lots of weaving ends, and it will be done.
Helga Hat. Go Vikings! Even if they are lurching more than going, this year.
Changing Hands Bookstore and you will definitely find something. They even have a great coffee shop next door.
Personal Footprints for Insouciant Knitters
That also means I have to make two new vanilla socks to make my son happy. He actually chose that yarn from my stash.
And my eternal struggle to kill the acrylic continues; I actually have enough log cabin squares for a small blanket, but I plan to add one more row. Then, it is all the fun stuff: sewing, picking up an edge, lots and LOTS of weaving ends! Well... I actually used a cool technique to hide most of the ends while knitting so it won't be so bad.
I have such fun at the Cat Bordhi seminar, I am actually thinking of using some of the exercises to do a small design seminar I am thinking of calling the AfterFrog (like the aftershock of the 2011 KAL, LOL). I know many of you are thinking of, considering, or in the verge of designing your own stuff. This would be a creative exercise designed to take you from the inception of a design idea to the completion of a pattern - mixing a little bit the creative and fun parts with the actual roll-your-sleeves process of making it happen. It is a bit of the blind leading the blind since I am not a very experienced designer, but this is not about imparting vast knowledge but rather about making the jump from idea to practice. I would like to hear if there are some interesting people out there, since I don't think I can handle a group of more than 10. And yes, since it is an experiment, it is free. So drop me a line at Ravelry if you want to partake, and if I can find enough interested people (at least 5), we will hash out the details.