I realise I've been missing for a little while, I'm going to blame mid-winter. The weather has been warm and sunny and cold and blustery in turns and that means the streets have been mostly icy and wretched. Makes me feel like pulling the covers over my head. However, the birds are starting to come back, I can hear them chirping, and the sun (when it bothers to show itself) is intense and yellow, that can only mean that spring is considering when to arrive - though everyone around here knows that means no sooner than mid-April.
We've been busying ourselves with Nigel's birthday and meetings with our contractor and architect for the upcoming reno. I'm not sure if Nigel is swooning more at being a whopping 42!!! or the looming cost of the addition - perhaps he should take up knitting. It can be very therapeutic.
And look at all the projects I've finished lately:
the Deep in the Forest mittens
a neck warmer called Tudora, made with the rest of the pink Debbie Bliss Luxury Donegal Tweed I bought while in Dublin with Elly
a little hat called Sprout, which is green with a little curled I-cord at the top. I'm not thrilled with how this one turned out, so I didn't take any photos of it completed. It still counts as done though!
And I've started (again) on the Union Jack Slipover. I've finished the back and started the front, and this time it's staying with me until it's all finished. It's knit using a dozen little bobbins of yarn - very irritating. Cute though, yes?
And since the Union Jack is such a pain, I have another project one the go, something simple to knit that can be worked on while yapping to friends or watching television. The Aletia Shell from Interweave Knits Spring 2008 magazine.
The yarn is MaggiKnits Maggi's Linen. This is the same yarn I used to make the Molly Ringwald shell last summer, from this post. It's the VERY same yarn. Poor Molly never did get any smaller, and I've decided not to get any bigger (in fact, I'm trying to shrink myself a little bit), so I tore out all that work and gave the yarn a good soak and now it's being re-worked. I'm feeling very hopeful about this project.
And what else?
Ooooo, so delightful. There's another new elemental from ambermoggie. This one is Airmed, the goddess of the Tuatha de Danaan of Ireland. She's bright green and yellow and is full of the promise of spring and new growth - very apropos I think, considering the new addition.
Isn't she lovely? Here she is with her friends.