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looking for what's missing... I'm a knitting, spinning, mother of teenagers with a big dog, a small cat, minus the lovely rabbit Meliflua.

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Location: Virginia, United States

Right now I'm listening to "An Irish Country Village" by Patrick Taylor, reading "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quindlen and knitting Wisconsin Wintersocks. And casting off the lace shawl I've been working on since I last posted.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Run With the Big Dogs or Stay On the Porch

It seems like just yesterday I was waiting for the azaleas to bloom, and here it is already the end of August. Since then I cried my way through a high school graduation, tucked another semester of classes into my own folder, packed a kid off to college, and took a short vacation in sunny Altoona. Now I have started another semester of classes (hopefully the last) and am planning an Eagle Scout ceremony.

In between I have managed to keep a few things on my needles:

I had a hankerin' to work with this yarn from my stash, a kitten-soft merino/cashmere blend I bought in the Stitches East market 3 years ago. It is another crop circle, this time a Christine Duchrow doily. This particular circle stands on its head. Instead of starting with a few manageable stitches in the center, on July 4th I provisionally cast on 612 stitches for the outside edge. I didn't want to. I searched and searched for a different pattern, but every time I looked at the skeins of green I saw the pine trees around the edge. It reminded me of a particular stand of pines in perfect rows somewhere along the drive to Hartman Creek.

You know that "be careful not to twist" warning they always give when joining cast-on stitches for circular knitting? Be careful not to twist the first row of knitting, too. After about 2427 stitches, I realized there was nothing for it but to start over.

It is going much better now.

And here are those azaleas from a few months ago, the most beautiful in Virginia.