Hello, Mojo: a Major KnittingUpdate

I think Miss Mojo is back, folks!

In a half-hearted attempt to win her back, I cast on a Shawl-Collared Cowl. Bulky yarn, big needles, ribbing and garter stitch: it seemed like an easy win, which is just what I needed. This pattern knits up quick and fairly simply, with great results.

The yarn, a hand-dyed merino, cashmere nylon blend from Knitted Wit was a bit of silky heaven to knit with.  I gifted this cowl to a dear friend, but not before wearing it for a few minutes myself.  It is just as soft and warm on the neck as you would imagine!

I was able to give this to a dear friend in person last week while on a business trip to Boston.  The last time we saw each other was at Sock Summit where we enabled each other into buying the yarn, buttons, and patterns for Catkin.  She has since started hers and upon a wee bit of urging I brough along my yarn and cast on while visiting.

I also limited myself to one project for the 5 hour flight to and from Boston: my Haleakala socks.  The second sock cuff had been on the needles for months, and after some focused attention I am now just past the heel turn.  The end is near, and not a moment too soon.  I blew out two sock heels this winter!

During the conference I mainly knit on my Goodale. With its stockinette body and icord edging, it’s the perfect project for stitching while listening and taking notes. I just separated for the sleeves and anticipate the rest of the knitting going along fairly quickly.  Can’t wait to wear this over a flouncy spring dress!

Of course, with all of these projects on the needles, I’m also looking at Stash’s spring shawl knitalong which starts tomorrow.  I’ve decided on the Dancette Shawl but am still vacillating on color combos.  I want light and springy, and colors different from everything else on my needles.  Grassy green and bubble gum pink are two main color options right now, still looking for contrast colors!

In addition to catching up with an old friend and knitting my fingers off in Boston, I was also able to meet a new one!  Well, it almost felt as if I was talking with an old friend, as Katie and I have been reading each other’s blogs for a while now.  Meeting a blog friend in person is always a daunting experience, but has always been worth the butterflies in the stomach feelings for me.  This time was no exception.  Katie and I took advantage of the early spring sunshine to take a walk and eat some sweet treats, all while catching up on our lives, current reads, and a bit of knitting.  So nice to meet you in person, Katie! And yes, I wanted to start reading Catching Fire as soon as I finished Hunger Games. : )

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for hanging in there!  I’ve been missing this space and think about posting often; sometimes it’s just not possible.  So a mega-update is what it takes to get us all caught up and back on track.


Bad Kitty

I’ve been making pretty steady progress on my 2nd Embossed Leaves sock:

I’ve been knitting on it monogamously for the past several days. It’s amazing how quickly knitting grows when you work on one project at a time! That used to be the only way I knit, then slowly I got enticed by more and more projects and pretty soon–well, you know the rest.

So I got home from my knitting group a little while ago, ready to start thinking about dinner and the other mundane at-home activities one must pay attention to when not knitting. I put down my keys, then walked into the dining/living room to put away my knitting bag. That’s when I saw it.

Looks like my cat Spike got into the potted plants again. He does this on occasion when he’s bored or frustrated.

Today he must have been really pissed.

I understand. Today was a beautiful day, he wanted outside, and no one was around to open the door for His Royal Feline-ness.

The worst part is that I watered those plants yesterday. So it’s not just some dry dirt to sweep up. It’s wet, and HRF left muddy little footprints all over the house. I keep finding paw prints in interesting places; apparently he likes to go into the bathtub, circle around in the middle of our bed, and walk across the back of the couch.

Anyway, the plants are okay, I have a freshly-swept dining room floor, and there’s plenty of daylight left for him to whoop it up outside and out of my sight!

This is a little something I made this weekend for my friend’s daughter:

You can read more about it here on my new baking blog.

The recipient was the same little one I knit the kitty hat for a couple of weeks ago.

I think she likes it!