Dark and Stormy
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca (Periwinkle Blue) - 8 skeins
Needles: Size 7 circular
The picture shows the center back of this shawl-collared sweater. Knitted from the neck down, the pattern has several options for fitting. Peeking under the sweater is a completed pair of socks that have not yet been worn....probably waiting for this sweater.
I love blue lapis jewelry so I will have to look for a pendant to wear with this sweater. After spending a fair amount of $$$ for the yarn, it deserves a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Next week is the "Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival". I am going with Norma who is always such a hoot. Last year we needed to rent Noah's Ark but Norma brought a leaky umbrella instead. We were walking in ankle-deep mud, avoiding patches of poison ivy but we had a blast! I can't wait to see other Vermont Bloggers such as Gayle and Amy.
So, if you are from Vermont and traveling south to attend, Norma and I hope to have knitters meet for dinner at Arvads in Waterbury for wonderful food, conversation and a "show and tell".
As you know, I teach knitting classes and had to swallow my pride and creep over to my LYS for help with the chart on this pattern. I felt totally frustrated and when I showed it to the clerk, her comment was "Who The Hell Wrote This Pattern?" Thea Colman designs beautiful sweaters but even I found this chart difficult to comprehend as it does not list all the stitches or pattern repeat like I've seen with other patterns. Once I understood the designer's approach I found it quite easy.
Earlier this summer I purchased this plastic filled utensil bag at the Christmas Tree Shop. I really got my money's worth because I am using the bag as a "yarn bra".
When winding yarn into a "cake" so as to have a center-pull skein, if the fiber is slippery (i.e. silk content) or a very large cake, it eventually falls onto itself and you have a mess of tangles and knots. The yarn bra prevents that as it contracts as the center of the cake becomes hollow.
You can also buy yarn bras at a number of web stores for very little $$$.
My next round of classes start this Tuesday and I'm very excited about this class. When other classes at the Rec. Dept. are being canceled due to poor enrollment, I'm fortunate that my class is full with several repeat knitters.
When I hear someone say they are bored, I just cannot relate. There are so many hobbies to enjoy, books to read, the awe of nature, etc. Knitting is my relaxation.
I'm having dinner with friends this evening. For the last 30 years from 15-30 of us have gotten together. Years ago we met monthly and then would go dancing or to a movie. As we have aged, we meet 3-4 times per year, have dinner, chat for awhile and then go home. It's not always easy to find a nice restaurant that will cater to a large group so we are usually limited to a selection of perhaps five restaurants in a city known for its many, many fine restaurants.