I’ve started a lot of new things this week.
I received the newest issue of “Piecework,” a lesser-known Interweave publication, and I was smitten with Nancy Bush’s “Stork’s Nest Lace Scarf.” (Not to mention the amazing Rovaniemi mitts, and the Poetry Mittens!) I wanted to use a skein of Morehouse Merino laceweight that was gifted to me by the lovely Laurie but it only has 220 yards (The pattern calls for almost twice that.) No problem, I just cast on fewer stitches (35, for those of you who are curious.)
I could no longer resist the call of the Selbuvotter.
These are NHM #8 from Terri Shea’s fantastic book, Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition. I’m knitting them using a sportish-weight handspun from a local alpaca farm.
The yarns are undyed, and I’ve actually met (and petted!) the critters they came from. “Ruiz” is the white fellow, the prize stud of the flock. “Starry Night” is a gentle gelding with an unusual true black coat and a propensity to “HUMMMM” at visitors. Knitting with the yarn is a joy for the memories and the lovely yarn.
Since I feel incomplete without a pair of socks on the needles (and I had to have something to knit while I watched the first of the Jane Austin Masterpiece Theater specials on PBS last Sunday…) I started a pair of socks for Squirrel Girl the Elder.
Today was my first day back at school, and I have to admit that I was so excited last night that I could hardly sleep. I’m taking Botany and Applied Statistics this semester, and I’m thrilled with my professors. In May I’ll be taking a week-long intensive course on Avian Rehabilitation. It doesn’t get much better than this in my book…
All for now! If you don’t hear from me for a few days, I’m just doing my homework 🙂