I’ve been busy. I realized HOW busy when I checked another blog, and realized I hadn’t read it for three days! I finished the Bressay jacket (see photo below) last Tuesday, and have been wearing it nearly every day since then – and though we had a hellacious amount of ice (not snow, I’d much rather the snow) last Tuesday, and have been nearly iced in since then (most of the local school systems closed early on Tuesday, and didn’t reopen until this Tuesday [Monday being a legal holiday]). Driving’s been fine since late Wednesday, but walking. . . that’s another story. Even going out to our cars (which are right in front of our house, maybe, at most 20 steps from front door to car door) has been treterous – I’ve hung onto the cars to get to them!
But now it’s Ash Wednesday, and it got to over 50 today! We almost have a clear driveway!
And then here’s my next project: What is it?
A dog sweater for a greyhound! (That's Barnum the Maine Coon supervising.) The yarn I bought for it wasn’t making the desired gauge, and “feel,” so I fussed around, and have found that doubling it works beautifully! But it took four or five starts before everything fell in place, AND then . . . . I realized that I had misread the sizing for the sweaters, and was making it TOO small for a large greyhound. I spent a lot of time in the frog pond this week. But I’ve reached the fun part on the first sweater (I’m making TWO dog sweaters, and a matching vest for a choir friend who’s turning 50 in March), and expect to finish it by the weekend at the latest. I’ll start on the human sweater after that, then do the second dog sweater – and I believe the second greyhound is much smaller than the first, so she’ll get a smaller sweater. Here's the sweater drapped on my golden retriever, Kaitlin (she's fat and 12)
I missed both Tuesday knit groups, for two reasons, one I was scheduled to go the theatre to see King Lear (The Classic Theatre of Harlem production at the Folger Shakespeare Library – with the Fool played by someone I’ve known since he was 12! (he’s in shouting distance of 40 now)– He was BRILLIANT! And the production was very interesting!), two – even though we switched our tickets from Tuesday to Friday, I wasn’t going out in the ice. Apparently three brave souls did make it – and, I’m sure had a lovely evening. I didn’t make it this week as it was Mardi Grais itself! (Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Lenten Eve) and I love going to the Pancake Supper for Shrove Tuesday at my church –
Meanwhile, I finally got the missing yarn for the Elephants Baby Blanket! I paid for the skeins – they sent it with free shipping, AND three mini skeins of the other colors I was original needing – that I’d fudged. So I’ve been distracted from the dog sweater, and have picked up all the stitches around the blanket, and am busy working the border on it. More details on all, but probably not until after the weekend, as I'm off to New York state for a music weekend (lots of knitting time, no blogging time!).