This post has, admittedly, been a long time coming. The beginning of 2007 started off with a roll of knitting projects: one completed Jaywalker sock in Julia's Knit and Tonic Vesper sock yarn, the start of and completion of Camellia, which has taken me an embarrassingly long amount of time to post the craptastic picture (see below) but posted during the appropriate Project Specturm timeframe (yay me) and a cute little cabled handbag. I was even off and rolling on Flair, which finally gave me the opportunity to put that beautiful Blue Sky Cotton in Tomato to good use.
Pattern: Camellia by Stephanie Japel
Yarn: Knit Picks Sierra in Leaf
Notes: I love the lace patterns and found them very clever. I also love the way this is supposed to look. But mine just does not fit me the way I'd hoped. It's a little wide-ish across the chest and shoulders and I feel that I am constantly having to adjust myself. I swatched, got gauge and all. Oh well, the perfect fit just wasn't in the cards for me on this one. I will still wear it for now, though.
Pattern: Cabled Handbag from my LYS, LisCat
Yarn: Gawd, for the life of me, I cannot remember right now, but I will edit when I do remember
Notes: Cute, cute, cute! I love this little purse. See the nail polish for scale? It didn't come out very big at all. It makes a good little handbag for evenings out or the weekend. I bought the purse handles at Joann's Crafts on sales and just whipstitched them on. Easy as pie. This will get lots of use!
Just as things were rolling along, my knitting time started to get interrupted with frequent trips to visit the in-laws and the bout of depression that has seemed to follow lately. See, in the last couple of months, my beloved MIL, hasn't been well at all. It wasn't a huge suprise, as she's battled cancer for as long as I've known her (10 years, my gosh), but since January, her health has taken a major turn for the worse. At the present time, it seems as though we may be spending our last few days/weeks/months with her. Watching someone die is absolutely shit and it puts your perspective on things in a new order and sometimes, this new order is incredibly hard to knit through.
On the brighter side of things, the needles have been calling to me a bit more and perhaps I just need a change of knitting scenery. I am looking at starting a smaller scale project, just for a little jump start. I will keep you posted on things.
Thank you in advance for your love, energy and prayers!