I hope I don’t sound too shameless, but I love kissing my husband. The man can stop me dead in my tracks with his kisses. I am completely incapable of coherent thoughts when Dale works his magic. And there’s nothing more magical than wedding day kisses.
June 14, 1997
Our first kiss as husband and wife. I love the way the sun is literally making Dale’s hair just glow. And I love the way his hands are laced together against my back. Sigh.
This one was outside the church. Do you see that dreamy look on my face? Now that’s what I’m talking about.
And, finally, one last kiss before we depart for the reception. I’m swooning with the memories.
Our 9th wedding anniversary is next week and the kissing hasn’t slowed down yet. I’m betting it never will.
You may have noticed something missing from the works in progress post last Thursday. Something I had been whining about. Something I had been working on for what seemed like forever. Did you notice? Maryse did.
The Final Four Socks weren’t on the list. Want to know why? Because they are done! Yes, yes, stick a fork in them, they are finally finished. Don’t believe me?
Here I am, trying to come up with a post. It’s hard to follow fiber festival posts with something interesting, you know. And then I had an idea. How about a post about knitting? That would be something new and different around here these days.
So, allow me to present: A catalog of the current works in progress, from oldest to newest.
1. Seraphim Shawl, started March 2, 2006
This shawl is nearly done but, as you may recall, I ran out of yarn. I ordered more from Red Bird Knits, who in turn special ordered it from Fleece Artist. I was told it would take about 4 weeks and it’s been 5 and no sign of the yarn yet. It’s frustrating when a project is this close to completion and it’s forced to languish in the knitting basket! I want to finish it and wear it. And I also want to knit more of Mim’s fabulous shawls!
2. Peace Fleece Everyday Cardigan, started April 10, 2006
The back is done and the left and right fronts are done. Sleeves haven’t been cast on yet because I’m dreading the whole banishment to sleeve island. I’m wondering, though, if I shouldn’t try and finish this sweater for Estes. It might be just the thing for layering. Do you think I can knit the sleeves and do all the finish work in two weeks? (You do all know I’m going to Utah to visit Margene and then we (and a whack of other bloggers) are going to Estes together, right?)
3. Frilly Cardigan, started May 26, 2006
This cardigan is the real reason I stopped working on the Everyday Cardigan – this one is a gift for Ambrynn’s first birthday and that’s only 4 weeks away. Yes, the dreaded dealine knitting. But, the stockinette on size 2s is endless and I’m already bored. It’s plenty big as I don’t think the baby will have much need for a merino/cashmere blend in July so I was thinking of setting this aside and finishing it over the summer so she can wear it in the fall. Coincidentally, today I saw this adorable little top over at Step Into My Thimble. I’ve already ordered yarn to make this for the birthday baby instead. It will be perfect for the summer, I think.
4. Lotus Blossom Shawl, started May 29, 2006
This is my Amazing Lace teammate and so far I’m loving the pattern and the yarn, which is Blue Heron Mercerized Cotton,
pushed on me recommended by FluffyKnitter Deb. I began on the official start date of the program and I finished Chart 1 the same day. I hope it continues to go as smoothly because I’d love to have this to wear on chilly evenings this summer.
And there you have it. The updates on my current knits. What’s in your knitting basket right now?
As I’ve done for the past few months, I have used the Project Spectrum color guideline to help me choose sock yarn and spinning fibers.
This month, I knit socks for Lois with yarn from Brooklyn Handspun. Lois, who will knit fiddly baby dolls and Aran sweaters and other things that are beyond my scope, will not knit socks. I, of course, would prefer knitting socks to just about anything else and therefore stepped up to the plate and made her these socks.
They were a huge success! She wore them to work the very next day and received loads of compliments from other knitters. I am happy to have made these for my dear friend. And don’t mind that she showed them off one little bit.
My other green projects included spinning this:
This was my first time spinning with the Grafton Fiber batts and I just loved it! The fiber practically drafts itself and that helped keep my spinning pretty even.
I also spun this:
More first experiences here, this time with Fleece Artist roving. It wasn’t as easy to draft as some fibers I’ve worked with but the colors are beautiful and I love the finished product.
And now, on to June and the color blue. Don’t we all have loads of blue in our stashes?
And I’ll be spinning Foxfire Fiber batts.
I may have gotten a head start on the Foxfire this past weekend. I’ve got the blues and I just couldn’t wait.