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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Feathers, Fans, & FAT

Notice something?

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

How about now?

Notice the distinct lack of actual blocking being performed by my sock blockers, as evidenced by the wrinkled heel and the loose ribbing at the top? (And folks, these are BIG sock blockers. My family doesn't call me Big Foot for nothing.)

I knew this would happen.

I warned him.

But did he listen?


This, my friends, is a sock that has shot right past its optimal weight and has become obese.

Too much beer and TV watching will do that.

Have cast on for Mrs. Monkey on a smaller needle. She should be svelte and sleek.

Then I will put Monkey on a diet. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

Thank you for all the kind comments on Mothy. I'm pretty proud of her. Wore her to yesterday's business lunch with my co-author, and saw envious glances from all the other ladies in the cafe. (Well, they certainly weren't looking at me!)

Nobody took a guess at what Anne's flower was going to be, but I am sure you have all been losing sleep over it. You are just too proud to admit you have no idea what it wants to be when it grows up. Don't worry, I won't keep you in suspense any longer.


leads to this:

seasilk in (l to r) melon, raspberry, and berry. Aren't the colors spot on?

which will become this:

Feather and Fan Shawl from A Gathering of Lace

For the Inspired by Nature KAL

I'm going to radiate the color from the center out, alternating skeins at the color switchovers to blend them into a gradual wash of color. I haven't decided yet whether or not I will try to add the brown of the stamens or the green of the leafy background into it. What do you all think?

Well, that's all for today. If you haven't donated yet to Claudia's Ride, I hear she is only a few hundred dollars short of UPDATE: she has blown past her upgraded goal of $30,000 for MS. Go give now. You'll like yourself in the morning.


La Cabeza Grande said...

I've got to vote "No" on the stamens and green. You want to capture the spirit of the lily and not so much of a literal representation thereto.

amy said...

I think the holes at the tips of the radiating spokes in the shawl might represent the stamens enough. No comment on the green as of yet...I think you'll get the answer to that as you knit outward.

Isn't Claudia amazing? And I'd have donated anyway, even without the raffle bribes, but I have to say I wouldn't mind winning something. She's got some great goodies over there...

Donna Lee said...

You got the colors exactly right. They are gorgeous. That is a lovely pattern. It looks round, it it?

margene said...

Ooo, pretty color. Monkeys can be hard to keep in shape. I'm a little worried about my new pair!

Opal said...

i'm with karen. leave the brown of the stamens out. keep the spirit of the lily alive and leave the literal interpretation to a painter or something. (boy am i eloquent today.)

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

I too go with the general consensus on this one - keep the colours of the lily and let the pattern be the stamens and the leaves - you don't want to distract from the wonderful colours by adding too much to the mix.

PS poor monkey :) - so good you have to knit him twice!

Michelle said...

Wow! That shawl is going to beautiful!

Bells said...

oh my goodness Susan - this is the first time I've come to your blog (I'm slow, I know. Sorry!) and your stuff is beautiful. You know the wonder of Monkeys too.

That shawl...oh I will be watching with intense interest to see how that goes!