I had been mulling it over, and then when you cut your hair, I knew I had to take the plunge. Let me say I feel liberated! I will be sending the shorn locks (which the stylist curled up on the shelf for the duration of the haircut — looked like a small animal sleeping) off to Locks of Love…excepting the few for Joan’s capote and Cricket’s fly tying. (We did get the signed agreements not to include in any voo doo activities, right?) I am saving at least 20 minutes a day now…it takes about 45 seconds to wash and rinse and when I step out of the shower a quick towel-dry and finger comb are all that stand between me and being fully styled. Yay!
This freed up sufficient time for me to finish the knitting and seaming on A Stitch Away from Genius. If you read the Ravelry notes, you’ll see I botched up some ends-weaving. (A real D’OH!!! moment!) As a result I’ve been inspired to extend the project to include some embroidery. I’m going to get a nice rich red and chain stitch a pattern on the two front pieces…maybe add some accents to the hem areas as well. Then I’m going to find some great red and purple buttons. I think it will not only solve the problem, but will make it that much better. I do love red and purple together.
I also made good progress on both Not So Naive and Sea Glass. In fact, this picture of Not So Naive is out-of-date as there is now about 4 inches of yoke added to that collar. The collar will fold down to the inside and be sewn in place. This gives it some firmness and it will stand up nicely. I’ve tried it on (I’m loving that about the top-down approach) and it gives me just the right amount of freedom for my neck. As I mentioned before, the yarn is from Narcissus, pictured here with his owner’s daughter Avery. I checked with my source at Table Rock Llamas and Fiber Arts to verify and she pointed out that although they had produced the yarn, Narcissus was not one of theirs. He was one of their friends’. Sadly, she also shared that Narcissus was older and is now deceased. He was much loved and is missed. I thank him for his fiber as I knit in tribute.
I’m pleased with Sea Glass, though it is definitely a knit to save for moments of alert knitting. It’s not that the pattern is so difficult…it’s not…but for some reason I am finding myself wanting to reverse the directions of the decreases. Maybe this was a phase. With one completion of the basketwork pattern (62 rows…really??!) it is hopefully out of my system and I can stop the tinking. I go on travel this week…this project will stay home for sure!
Sock Wars V starts up this week, so all my projects will go on temporary hold while I knock out a pair of socks for competition. The pattern releases while I’m on travel. Hopefully I can find access to a printer so I can work on it in transit home. Wish me luck!
P.S. I’m glad we hired that Dr. Yarn guy…he’s not bad!