Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sneaking it in


I've been getting a little knitting done here and there. My shawl may look like a big blob of nothing, or maybe a giant beret, but truly, it's nearly time to call it a shawl. I think 20 more rows, and it'll be time to consider what I'll do for a border. I'm thinking of a simple "unvented" Elizabeth Zimmerman border. That woman was more clever with pointy sticks than anyone ever deserved to be and for that, I'm grateful.


So according to EZ, in her book Knitter's Almanac, "when you have worked 40 to 50 rounds on 576 stitches, you will have created a stunning circular shawl roughly 72" across-large enough for anybody." I have worked 30 rows at this stitch count and will shoot for 50 and I've used probably 800 or 900 yards of wool. I'm so close I can taste it! It'll probably take nearly the rest of the month to finish, but I'll try hard. I think I'll use her method for the knitted on garter stitch border that she describes in her book.


This is the most recent neighbor I've met. I don't know if this is Mr. or the Mrs., but there are two of them who are protectively guarding their nest-right smack in the middle of my porch. I get the bird version of stink eye every time I walk past them.

As an aside, Rachel is doing great. I talk to her staff every day, and I stopped by to visit yesterday. She seemed happy and seems to like her caregivers. Her roommate loves the house. All is well. Thank you Lord.

13 comments:

Gail said...

I love happy endings! Glad Racheal is adjusting so well. Shawl is beautiful.

debra said...

All good news. And the sun was shining today!

Lisa L said...

stink eye from the birds! LOL Glad R. is doing well..that pleases a mother's heart!

distracted by shiny objects said...

Well done, Ms. Busy Bee. The shawl is lovely and so happy that all's well at Rachel's House. Everyday of "no news" is a blessing.
Are those mourning doves? Hope your Siamese friend keeps away from the babies.

Kathleen said...

So glad you had time for your clickity sticks. I love shawls. I had the same question about the dove. Made me think of a dove I saw at Clare's Well. Thanks for the inspiration. I've been meaning to write about her. What great news about Rachel.

Rositta said...

I have doves like that living in and around my yard too. I think your shawl is going to be lovely but most importantly Rachel is doing well. That I was most happy to read...ciao

Rudee said...

Distracted and Kathleen, I think they are Mourning Doves. She is a pale yellow/tan and he is grey. They were very ticked off with me snapping their photos. They flew from the nest to the tree and stood side by side on a branch staring at me. How dare I? I haven't seen kitty-it's been cold and snowy, but today was beautiful. He'll be back. I think their nest is too high for him. We'll see.

Miss 376 said...

What a relief for you to know everything is going well with Rachel. Now you can enjoy your time.

Brenda said...

Everyday with good news about Rachel will hopefully help you to relax and enjoy life more. Your knitting projects remind me I need to go on Ravelry more. Keep forgetting to do that. Have you been able to sit on your front porch much yet?

Rudee said...

Brenda, it's been too cold and rainy to sit on the porch.

Renie Burghardt said...

Your shawl is lovely, Rudee. And happy to hear about Rachel doing so well.

Oh, the dove looks sweet. Just think of all the cooing you'll be hearing soon. Dove music! :-)

laurie said...

wow. great news about rachel. you did the right thing.

Winifred said...

That's so lovely to hear Rachel is enjoying her new life.

Those colours are gorgeous in your shawl. It'll be so cosy.

You have some great neigbours. Has puss cat been back? He/she was gorgeous.

Have a lovely Easter and hope it gets warm enough to sit on the porch. You'll need an umbrella to avoid the bird pooh! It's supposed to be lucky though isn't it.