Ya-ya (yarn along, yarn along)

Yarning along with Ginny while also Keeping Calm and Crafting On with Nicole:

My current project is Oriental Lily in wonderful, wonderful Noro Silk Garden:

Oriental Lily and The Week

As for reading, all attempts to pick up a book and get serious about reading it have resulted in heavy eyelids — even at 11 in the morning!  So I’m sticking with nice, easy, modular reading in The Week.  I’ve said it before in an earlier Yarn Along, but here’s how I feel about this magazine: luff, loaf, lurv it!

I actually have some finished objects to show you — how’s that for excitement?  To quote an episode of I Love Lucy, one is swell, and the other is lousy.  The swell one:

Happy scarf times

I’m very pleased with this scarf — I wanted something like a keffiyeh (but please don’t consider that a political statement–I just like scarves with fringe or tassels and I’m much too shallow to worry about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, although I do care about it when I’m not thinking about my clothes), I wanted it to be a long, narrow triangle with ties long enough for 2 wraps around the neck and definitely tassels.  The shape turned out rather strange

scarf, unfurled

I think it looks a bit like a Dr. Seuss illustration on its own, but I do like it a lot when it’s all wrapped and fixed up around my neck.  And it is a great warmer.  The yarn is a mill end cotton that I picked up at Earth Guild in Asheville 4 years ago.  (Love you, Earth Guild!) I bought 2 massive cones for a total of $16, and I’ve knitted 3 objects from it, with most of one cone still left.  A slouchy hat to wear with the scarf will probably be next.

Here’s the lousy one:

[Note: There is no picture of the poncho yet, because the battery on my camera went dead as I was trying to snap it.  See?  That poncho is cursed.]

Yuckity, yuck, yuck, yuck!  This is the Sheer Poncho, blogged about hereIt is so tight, especially the bind off, even though I did the most elastic bind off I know.  It feels like a straight jacket.  It will soon be frogged, because I cannot stand to let that gorgeous Malabrigo yarn go unworn.  That’ll teach me to knit projects that are created and modeled by tiny 20 year olds. 

Good thing the tasseled scarf turned out so well—it helped ease the “I spent 3 months knitting this piece of *#@*” depression. Hopefully L’Oiseau’s Oriental Lily will continue my positive streak.

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Trying to keep calm and yarn along with the punches

So I want to join in Nicole of Frontier Dreams for her KCCO (Keep Calm, Craft On)  and also Ginney of Small Things for Yarn Along, but at the moment, I can’t use my home computer because a heinous person hacked L’Homme’s e-mail account.  We’re waiting to take the laptop to one of those businesses that can scrub this kind of poison from my beloved little machine.  I’m pretty frazzled, worrying about just how compromised our whole life on the computer could be from that one e-mail hack.

So, no pictures.  But I finished the Sheer Poncho, which I blogged about here, so I will hopefully post some photos as soon as the computer is out of the hospital.

And if you ever received an e-mail claiming that somebody is stuck in Cypress and needs $2,000, don’t believe it.

Gratitude Monday

Joining Taryn of Woolly Moss Roots, here are some items from my gratitude journal this past week:

–I was able to fix the tight bind-off of the Sheer Poncho I knitted, and learned a new technique for an elastic bind-off in the process.

–L’Oiseau loves old 60s and 70s hits like “Georgie Girl” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” and I love singing them to her.

–The weather is getting cool and more fall-ish.

–We got some delicious apples and apple cider in Ellijay this weekend.

–We’re going to the Pumpkin Patch tomorrow on a field trip for L’Oiseau’s Montessori school.

–My dad had to go to the hospital in an ambulance Friday night because he was almost catatonic, but it turned out to be pneumonia, and he responded well to the antibiotics and is recovering well.

–I don’t have to teach this week, so I’ve had time to do a lot of other stuff.

–Although it all makes my head buzz and swim, I’m so thankful that I have so many good blogs to read and so many projects and writing topics to explore on my blog.  It’s great to have so many possibilities.

And that’s just a small sampling of all the wonderful things I have to be grateful for.  Life is good, indeed.