Well it’s been awhile! On a personal note, this past year has been challenging for me on many levels and I feel drained… but am slowly getting myself back. My health is great and I’m back with regular twice weekly yoga classes, and my home practice. This Spring has been so wet and cold and the gardens are a bit late getting in. That said, the first of the rhubarb went into a simple yet delicious strawberry-rhubarb crumb and I enjoyed ALL of it (over a few days of course).
Stephen West was in town at Nido in Burlington, and I went with two good knitting friends. There was a MKAL (mystery knit a long) that I did through March and I loved it! What a fun and positive group it was.
This was a really different knit for me, but I loved that
- It was a mystery!
- It was a stash buster (and I only bought 2 new yarns)
- It was done on a size 8 needle.
- It’s huge and squishy has tassels and is so warm!
- Each section was its own batch of fun.
Meeting Stephen was so much fun. He’s such a talented, gracious and genuine guy….The workshop consisted of starting one of two shawls, the one above, or his pattern called ‘Samen.’ I started Samen, and because there was so much color work in the shawl I just completed, I chose more subtle colors this time. I do love neutrals too! This pattern has neat short row wedges, and the wedges are the only color work sections I’m doing. So far so good, I’ll be working on it at knit group tomorrow!
Off I go to work on bags. I’ve had requests for more low and wide bags so have some coming up this week. During hard times I’m again grateful for my hand work, the peace and comfort it brings me and the closeness I feel to my knitting friends.