Knitting seems like the most natural place to start since I'm now at least 3 finished objects (F.O.s) behind in posting about it here. Starting chronologically with my Lotus Blossom Tank, which I'm thrilled about:
The pattern is the Lotus Blosson Tank by Sharon Shoji from The Best of Interweave Knits. The yarn is what the pattern called for: Southwest Trading Company Bamboo, in Chocolate. I picked it up years ago at a sale at the Fiber Gallery in Seattle, with this project in mind. However it took me a few years, and a few false starts, before I actually felt up to a lace this fancy. I am really happy with the yarn/pattern combination too. With that much effort in lace, it turns in to something with a really lovely drape, that feels fancy to wear. Plus, for some reason, it smells amazing. It was always my favorite yarn in my stash for that reason, and I'm glad it still smells as good now that it's a garment!
I added repeats of the lace pattern because I didn't really want something cropped. The pattern only calls for 4, and I knit 6. This was no problem; once I was used to the lace pattern it wasn't hard at all. My main issues in previous attempts involved it being my first in-the-round lace work and the fact that that lace pattern was a full ten rows before a repeat. But that seems like nothing now! Bring on more lace!
Anyway, I will be posting more often again, though I'm not sure how often yet...I've got at 3 more posts about knitting, and I may do some about what we've been up to over the blogging break.
To quickly name a few of the major things we've been doing: Rose Festival,Vegan Iron Chef, Ecotrust concerts, Parents visited, Cannon Beach, Pickathon, Seaside, OR, Knit Picks Warehouse Sale, and MusicFestNW.
Oh and Portlandia was filming right down the street from where we live! I came pretty close to Fred & Carrie in matching red vests heading toward their trailers while I was coming back from a Farmer's Market...but I just smiled at them like a fool. Should I have yelled "Put a bird on it" ? (I'm sure they get that too much.) As I recall I was wearing something handmade (probably knit) that did not have a bird on it...maybe I should have pointed that out. Next time...I will probably react the same way.