women of a certain age are like sunflowers; they know how to turn their faces to the sun.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sunshine On My Shoulders

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

-John Denver

You may have wondered where I've been...

Then again, you may be used to it by now.

You may just shake you head and figure the hermit has gone back into her designer cave.

Now there are two words I never thought would go together...

"Over here we have the Calvin Klein sabre tooth rug, which is complimented by a lovely Martha Stewart Home mastodon tusk."


Tuesday afternoon, my wifi connection died. I grimaced, got up off my fanny, and plugged my laptop (which was now a desktop) into my hard cable connector.

Yesterday morning, that died as well.

You know how they say no man is an island?

They're wrong.

I couldn't post, couldn't chat, couldn't print, couldn't surf, couldn't email,

Couldn't RAVEL for God's sake!

So I un-Raveled. At least until DH got home and hooked me up again. Phew!

On the other hand, I got lots done around the house.

And I got some terrific shots of our gal, Crocus Pocus.

Yep, she is done. Finished. Complete.

We have grown so close over the past two weeks, that when I tossed her loveliness over my shoulder, and danced her around the room yesterday, you didn't hear a peep out of her.

(And, if you'd ever seen me dance, you'd know that takes fortitude - either that or a lot of trust. I have THREE left feet!)

She didn't even question my intent.

Just lay there on my shoulder and cozied up to my neck.

And, even without the sun streaming in the window, I felt the sunshine on my shoulders all day long.

I am very pleased with how this one turned out. I was a little afeared the Garden Variety Collection might start out with a whimper.

But the color (Dandelion) that seemed a little too intensely chartreuse for my liking in the knitting, all came out in the wash.

No, she didn't run. But the act of blocking nicely diffused the color, turning into a breath of spring.

Instead of a shout in your face.

The beads on the points are perfection.

And I love the little periwinkle blue edging on the last two rows and bind-off.

She lies just right on the shoulders - not quite a shawl, but substantial enough to have an impact, frame the face, and draw the eye upward from my, shall we say less than attractive but more than ample, ass-etts.

Now, I had a lot of you volunteer to test knit and I have started a database, but my question to y'all is this:

Anyone feel particularly called by THIS project as opposed to Sherwood?

Anyone a speed-demon, chart-reading, crochet-hook-beading, lace knitter who can commit to finishing it by the end of the month?

Anyone have 450 yards of seasilk or mini maiden lying about the house? (Plus a little extra of a complimentary color, if you want to add the contrasting border.)

Anyone have any other fingering weight that wants to be a scarf instead of a pair of socks?

Anyone dying to play with 2500 size 8 seed beads?

Anyone's size 4 needles getting rusty?

Anyone want the perfect spring accessory while it is still , oh I don't know, SPRING?

Have I got a deal for you!

Email me at susanpandorf@comcast.net or include your email in a comment (Some said they want to knit, but Blogger didn't give me their addy.) and I'll get back with you later today, or tomorrow for sure.

And you could be knitting on your own little crocus by the weekend!

Cause everyone could use a little extra sunshine in their lives...


margene said...

Oh my! She's lovely. I need one...NOW! (Maybe with a few less beads...I'm lazy).

Rachel said...

Another beauty!

Kim said...

Cute little sunshine shawl. Looks like that is the only sunshine we'll be seeing in this part of the woods for awhile!

Taleah said...

She is just beautiful!! Good job!

Bea said...

She's lovely. You look great wearing her too!

Kristy said...

Ooooo, I love it! I wish I were a speed knitter so I could volunteer to knit it right now. Alas, my "real" job gets in the way! I can't wait for the pattern release!

Pat K said...

I'd love to knit it but I'm just not fast enough, for starters.

Phoebe said...

Came out absolutely lovely...especially the edging. I'd still love to be a test knitter...don't have any handmaiden in the stash right now but really yummy Black Bunny Fiber (I'll e-mail you a link to some photos)

Unknown said...

I guess I'm going to have to collect your patterns - just as I've done with a certain cross stitch designer who does awesome flowers. I love Crocus Pocus and am looking forward to knitting her - after Magic Carpet ride.

Dove Knits said...

Funny what happens when the internet dies...

That's a lovely little shawl.

Anonymous said...

I am trying to find the KAL for Moroccan Days/Arabian nights. I would also love to know the finished dimensions for that and for its baby sister Magic Carpet Ride.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet splash of Spring & sunshine! As always, I love all your details .. I'm especially drawn to the beads along the edge, love them! Wish I were a faster & more experienced knitter so I could try for a chance to test-drive! Ah well .. more lessons in patience for me! :)

Lucia said...

You had me until you got to the 2500 beads. 2500? Faint heart never won fair Crocus, but were I to commit to doing it that fast you would hear thudding all over the blogosphere as people passed out laughing.

Knit and fall back in it said...

Wow. Very pretty.

Anonymous said...

gorgeous. Wish I could knit faster and then I would be the first to raise my hand as test knitter. It would take me at least a month I am sure!

I came back to your site because Arabian Nights/Moroccan Days has been haunting me and I HAVE to buy the pattern even though I know I won't be knitting it soon. Oh well, I'm going to email you at the address you gave so you can add me to your list for new pattern releases (you must have one, no??).


Elysbeth said...

I love the flavour and style of this shawlette. Terrific!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Oh, my word! I love it. I want one. Crocus Pocus is adorable and the yarn is a delight.

Denise said...

It's amazing how much we get done when we can't do stuff on the computer, isn't it?! LOL!

Crocus Pocus is just beautiful!!