A Pretty Thing for Diane (#16 of 30)

Waaaaay back in December (can’t believe it’s been a year already) I posted a list of knitting goals. Now, I’m not here to talk about which ones are finished and which aren’t. That’s for another day. Today, I’d like to revisit my friend Diane’s comments on Facebook:

you forgot to add ‘make something glorious for my very good friend Diane’ to the list… I’m sure it was just an oversight tho.

…And my response:

Lol so I did!

After some discussion about fibers, colors, etc., I puzzled and puzzed till my puzzler was sore (too early?) and I searched and searched for the perfect yarn. It had to be non-wool, as she was inconsiderate enough to be allergic to it. Really, I think I need to consider new friends. Way too many of the current ones are allergic. Right. Diane. Sorry. So I looked around at different yarns, and discovered Lorna’s Laces Honor yarn in a beautiful blue. Snagged the last skein, too!

I originally had tried a different pattern, but even though I am an experienced lace knitter, and even though I consider myself to be fairly “advanced,” I could NOT get more than a few rows in before I had to keep ripping back. I have a theory about that. If I’m fighting it THAT much, something’s not working. Wrong needles, wrong pattern, wrong yarn, something. So I let the universe have its way and went RavSurfing for a new pattern.

My friend Alyson actually picked out this pattern. She was knitting 2 of them at the same time, and I took a look and agreed it was the perfect thing. A bit lacy, but not delicate. Large sections of stockinette, so it would be a pretty fast knit, and adjustable as to the size, so I could make sure to use up every last bit of yarn (and boy, did I!).

Well, I finished in April, I believe. Took me until a few weeks ago before I had the time and floor space to give it a good blocking. After sitting around for a few weeks after THAT, I finally sent it off to Diane nearly a year after we first spoke about me knitting something for her. At this point she just knew I had knit something, not what it was. 

Of course, I sent it to the wrong zip code. *sigh*

I have to say that the USPS really stepped up on this. I called right away as soon as I realized it was going to come back to me as undeliverable. They told me if they were able to get in touch with the PO where it currently was, they’d be able to get it redirected to the correct zip. Unfortunately, it was Saturday and the local PO had closed an hour before. I told the USPS customer service that it was okay, and I’d just wait for it to come back and I’d ship it out again. Thanks for trying.

I get a text today from Diane. The package arrived. Apparently the USPS customer service person managed to get in touch with local PO after all and got the package redirected. Well done, USPS. Thank you.

Diane loves it, as I was sure she would. I’ll talk to her tomorrow, but in the meantime, now that she’s received her gift, I can finally share pictures of The Soft Thing for Diane. It’s a shawl, but, really, it could be used as a shawl, a scarf, a babushka, a chair cover, really whatever floats your boat.

And here’s the full shawl. It really turned out beautiful.

So to Diane, whom I hope has many, many more years to use and love this shawl. And know that if it ever needs reblocking, send it back. I promise it won’t take a year next time.

Love ya,

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka Knitting Ninja 

Cabin Fever

As the three of you those of you who read this blog know, my mother, aunt, and cousin are all quilters. Some of my closest friends are quilters, and I’m an honorary member of a quilting group my mother has belonged to since I was a teenager. I tried it and it was okay. But quilting never fired my imagination or soothed my soul the way knitting does. Knitting not only gives me something beautiful as an end product, but the process itself fits seamlessly into my life. This August will be three years since I started knitting, and I don’t quite remember what I used to do before it.

I was at my favorite LYS a couple weekends ago and I admired a shawl Shannita had made. And when I looked closely I realized my worlds had collided. It was the Anthracite Shawl (Ravel it!) from Knitter’s Magazine. It was a beautiful shawl knit in Noro Silk Garden using a Log Cabin pattern all in garter stitch. So while sitting there at A Mano’s table, I decided I was going to make one. It turns out I had what I thought would be enough yarn at home, but I picked up a couple of extra balls just in case. It’s turning out really lovely, but a bit smaller since I’m using a lighter weight yarn (Silk Garden Lite).

I. Love. This. Pattern. It’s the perfect project when you just want to whip something up. It’s easy to do, fairly portable, and because it’s all garter, simple to just do a couple stitches here and there when you have time. Once I finish this one, I may make one in Silk Garden for something a bit heavier. (Check the comments for the inevitable motherly comment about how much SHE needs one, too!).

So here it is about 2 1/2 skeins in (click for big)…

The color’s off, but I’ll fix that when I take my FO glamour shot. LOL. I’m hoping to finish this in time to wear when I go see “A Chorus Line” downtown in two weeks. I can’t imagine I won’t make it. I’ve been working on it for a week and I’m down to the last three sections. Granted, they’re doozies, but it should be doable.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks