I have been making a little progress on the shadow shawl, I have added another two stripes to the chevron, so I am almost halfway through the chevrons (for real this time, there are 5 pairs of stripes, not 5 stripes). But it is not earth-shatteringly different, plus I've been feeling under the weather, so not much going on to feed the blog. (Of course if I would actually block things, that would help...)
I did go ahead and buy the very pretty Voodoo Iris yarn, and I have the Araucania soft black yarn, and I have the dragon skin pattern and the knotwork patterns (and I've finally gone ahead and PM'ed ak_swedegirl about the runes). But have I worked on the design? No. I think I am stalled on the dragon skin stitch, since I hate the thought of knitting it up as practice to figure out how to do it... this in spite of the fact that this is what I did with the DNA cable pattern. So the solution? More yarn. I finally went ahead and bought the Euroflax I've been dying to have, so I will do up a pretty purple face cloth in dragon skin stitch for my bathroom in purple. Yay!
I'm knitting a little something for my SP, and I can't show you that, so I feel justified in posting another herp picture. Cat will not get equal time today, she is too busy being wild and knocking things off the table, so she would just come out as a blur.
I posted photos of the cat, so in all fairness it is the herps' turn. This is Dante, Mr. Underhill's older brother. He is very into skulking about under the surface, so he is difficult to photograph. He is being bribed to come out by dangling superworms in front of his nose.
Savannah checks out the gigantimungous kitty pi bed. Or perhaps area rug. I was considering trying to felt and block again to get a bit more side, but since the cat this is going to is big on sprawling, perhaps an area rug is just as well. The sides are puckered a bit, so if I did this again, I would just increase every other stitch, or perhaps two out of every three stitches.
Upper right corner: piece of Savannah's Kitty Pi. Lower left corner: sadly, not gifts for my SP. The bag contains an extremely ugly plastic plaid tablecloth from Target, to be used as a guide for blocking the DNA scarf.
(Someday, someone is going to tell Savannah that is not all about her. And really, I don't want to be there when it happens. In the meantime, the FO column keeps the score: cats 6, humans 2.)
The shawl is creeping along. The shadow chevrons are finally starting to show. Technically this is halfway through setting up the k10 p10 shadow chevrons. However, since this is knit side-to-side, and there are 50 increases beyond the chevrons, this is still a tiny baby project. So this is an establishing shot of the shadow knitting, and I'll update in the sidebar, but probably no main blog posts 'til it looks a bit more grownup.
The ends need to be woven in, and it needs to join the "to be blocked" queue. I hope that I can get the stockinette to stop curling. I should have done the cables over garter, but at the time I didn't know that was possible.
I'm not really pleased with the way this turned out. I thought the colors would complement the knitting, sort of a celtic look, but instead it just looks very 70s. I've been assured that someone will love it; I will see how it blocks before deciding whether it is worth donating. Also, using the left-over yarn, about 2.5 balls, to make a hat might make this better.
All work and no play and all that... too tired for a proper post, so here is the charity scarf as it stood at 2:30 pm Sunday. No energy to lay it out, photograph, upload, etc. It is now 8 rows of garter stitch away from binding off, where it has been stalled for the past 24 hours.
I've also re-felted the giant humongoid kitty pi bed, and am hoping that the sides don't end up as wrinkly as last time. I might have tried too many decreases on the sides to get them to stand up, or I just might not have a felting form that is large enough. It is over the 12" pot surrounded by two layers of towels, which doesn't stretch it quite as much as I would like.
...so far off, it is only a tiny cart on the horizon. I only brought a little bit of cash, and thought that it would not be that tempting since I usually need to see and think about yarn for a while before I become tempted to buy it. However, the same obviously does not hold true for knitting equipment.
I've been pretty busy with the Knittyboard Secret Pal 4, since we just received our matches today. It makes me feel a bit schizophrenic to post under two logins. I've been collecting some pattern and yarn ideas for my SP spoilee, which has been very fun. My SP spoiler claimed me nearly instantaneously (is she tangy? is she extraspicy? is she, dare I say it, piquant!?).
I went with a friend to Yarnover today. Did not buy any yarn for me, but went crazy over a bunch of old Addi Turbos that were about half price. Also got sucked in by the hardwood; beautiful hand-worked knitting needles in a size #11 and a drop spindle (4.5 ounces! ack!). Maybe I will be up for pictures tomorrow.