Mother & Daughter Knit-Along
Erica was here for a long weekend and we had a great time. The only time we were able to fit in a knitting lesson was on the afternoon of her last day here. She needed help with the slip-knit-psso (SKP) and reading the lace chart for the Dragon Scale Scarf. We both bought yarn last year to make the scarf and I finished mine in May 2007; her yarn, pattern and needles traveled with her to Florida and understandably, she wasn't motivated to finish a scarf in Florida. Earlier in the weekend, she'd seen the red Malabrigo Laceweight ("Torero" colorway) that Vanessa sent me. She clearly wanted to claim it, so I suggested that she try it with my Addi lace needles while I cast on with her yarn ("Purple Mystery" colorway) with her needles. We agreed to share both scarves when they're finished -- I'll wear the one she knits and she'll wear the one I knit. It's a no-pressure knit-along since she starts school next week.
I discovered that I knit a lot looser now than I did last year. Some of it might be due to my using a different needle this time, but it just feels like I'm more relaxed while I knit. It also seems like I knit a tiny bit faster than I used to.
We flipped through Cables Untangled by Melissa Leapman and made a few observations that we're usually both drawn to the non-sweater projects first. We love scarves, handbags, afghans and pillows. After reading the article about Canadian knitters in the recent Vogue Knitting magazine, I think I understand why. We've never lived anywhere where the winters were so cold for so long that we needed to depend on wool sweaters for more than a few months. Instead, scarves, hats and occasionally, gloves or mittens served as warm accessories that could easily be shed when we entered a heated home. Consequently, I don't think I could ever knit too many scarves.
I withdrew for a while after we got back from Oklahoma. I've been reading, listening to music and limiting my online time to concentrated bursts. I've been feeling a little overstimulated and anxious (seriously . . . does this get better? Mid-life hormonal changes are incredibly not fun) so I didn't web-surf or knit much. I've really enjoyed reading more though -- a good story lifts my spirits. What did you read this summer that you loved?