For all of you who think I've sold my soul to the spinning gods and will never be coming back, rest assured - I am still knitting! Rather a lot lately I might add! I have so many small to medium sized projects going on that I'm having a hard time keeping track of them all. A few are gifts that I'll get to share with you sometime in September, but for now I'll show you a couple of the things that have been brewing in the shadow of the wheel. I can't remember the last time I didn't have something by Elizabeth on my needles. I've learned that this is a pretty solid strategy to have with my knitting. And since I was having some serious chunky-tweed-garter withdrawals after finishing off the Tomten, there was one pattern I had in mind that would be a perfect transition away from the warm tomten nest I spent most of the early summer in.
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This is one finished half of Liz's Ribwarmer pattern - and I use the term pattern loosely. It's more like a little sneeze on one of the pages of Knitting Workshop. (I like to think that she was so brilliant, even when she sneezed something wonderful came out.) Thank God for the sketch! The Ribwarmer is a short-row shaped vest with a miniature shawl collar worked in two halves that are seamed together down center back (right half pictured above). The pattern calls for a worsted but I had this beautiful Rowan Chunky sitting around harassing me and figured I'd just plug in my modified numbers and get going. It's right about this time in August when I start losing all my patience with summer. I'm ready for the big chill - wool, hats, sweaters and all the other things we knitters live for. I'm pretty tired of relying on the air conditioner to get me through a moviesworth of knitting, or any knitting for that matter. In anticipation of the cooler seasons to come, I've launched into one of the wintry-est things I could think of. A wool afghan. Except it's not so much an afghan as a giant doily made with chunky wool. Awesome.
A Blanket Begins
The goal is to transform this old vintage doily pattern into a big wooly throw. We'll see what happens. I'm sure having fun though - those are the biggest holes I've ever put in my knitting - intentionally or otherwise! And the yarn is a yardage dream. There's more things still, but I think I'll need to be sharing in moderation for a bit. The next three weeks will be absolutely crazy. I'm off to London on the 20th of August and have an impossible amount of things to do before I leave.. the most daunting of which is moving. (I'll still be Brooklyn tweed, just another-part-of-Brooklyn tweed.) I'll do my very best to keep the house clean in these parts, so hopefully you won't even notice that I'm going crazy behind the curtain. Hope everyone is well - and happy knitting through the last summer push.

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