Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Test Knit!

I'm so excited to be able to share this pattern with you that I just test knit for Robin! Plus it is free on ravelry here!

What an enjoyable knit! A perfect shawl for someone wanting to try out lace! Most rows are plain knitting with an occasional patterned row. I think this pattern would work well with almost any yarn (solid, multi-colored, even handspun!)
 The details in this pattern are wonderful. Follow the directions closely and the edges will look wonderful. I especially like the details in the edging that prevent the shawl from rolling.
I used the option B decreases (I tried to take a close up to show what that looked like!) There was a noticeable difference in the color of the two skeins of yarn I was using, so I did the modification listed in the pattern to account for this. I can tell where I switched skeins, but it works in the pattern and just looks like a design element.
 This was an interesting construction as well because it was knit from the edge to the center of the top. This makes the pattern go really fast at the end! As for the cast on….I ran out of yarn for a long tail cast on and finished the last 20 stitches or so with a knitted cast on and can’t tell a difference)
Happy Knitting!
I used US 6 needles and lovely yarn from the Plucky Knitter 80% Merino/10% Cashmere/ 10% Nylon in the color way "Far and Away" (under 2 skeins!) (sent to me from Robin.....Thank you again!!!  Does she know me or what?) 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New beginnings!

I think I'm finally ready to re-enter my blog world again. As you know, I haven't been really blogging for a year. (I had a degree to finish and a job to find and wanted no excuses and fewer distractions) I have missed my dear friends that I met here! Now I've struggled with coming back.
I've changed in the last year. I find it hard to describe, but I have grown and changed so much in the last year that I've struggled with what to do here. I want to keep it "my place" and want to feel comfortable being me (whoever that is). So here I am!

I successfully defended my dissertation and graduated (all praise to God!) I'm very thankful to have a tenure-track job (and DH has part-time teaching too), even close to home and back in Kansas! God made the decisions very clear and we are thankful for His faithfulness. Our prayer now if for a tenure-track job for DH as well.
Knox if finally adjusting (after a month!) Just in the last week she has found her toys and enjoyed playing in a bigger home!
I have missed my knitting friends greatly, but have found where the local knitters meet and am going for the first time tonight! I must admit....I'm nervous....wondering if they will like me....like my knitting.....I know it will all be fine and I'm just being silly! So here goes....I have my project and am ready to go!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dropping back in!

Did you think I had forgotten about you? Of course not. Unfortunately there are priorities in my life right now that keep putting the blog on hold....you know finding a job! Thank you for your prayers on the job search front, please keep praying for clear direction!

Here are the numbers:

1. 140 jobs applied for!
2. waiting, waiting, waiting
3. 14 interviews done (phone or 30 minute type ones at a conference)
4. more waiting

Now I'm just waiting to see if I get invited to an on campus interview, plus according to everyone it is still really early in the process. Again I really appreciate all your prayers! This has been a time when I've learned to trust God in a bigger way. I trust Him for peace in a decision, I trust Him to work to find jobs for both me and DH!

(this is with some of my handspun!)

Okay, lots of knitting has been happening too! It is a great stress relief! I'm just going to show pictures, so hop on over to ravelry if you want to see full details (or leave me a comment and I will try to get back with you)