It’s a Saturday morning and I’m sitting in a local coffee shop with my husband. We walked over (about a 20 minute walk) and will walk back home. Here we sit with our beverages enjoying some time together - just the 2 of us. Yes, we have our tech toys - I have my MacBook Air and he is reading a book on his iPhone. But it is lovely to have someone you can ‘just be’ with; someone you can talk to, but you don’t have to fill the silences because you are both so comfortable with each other. A perfect Saturday morning.
A few weeks ago I was off to Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp. I have been going to this Camp since 2002. It has become a gathering for friends, old and new, as well as a place to learn and talk about knitting at all levels. This year Camp really got my knitting mojo back in gear. Talking with other knitters who are passionate and knowledgeable about knitting does wonders for sparking knitting creativity and helping you over hurdles in current projects. I can’t show you any pictures of Camp this year because I didn’t take any. I was too busy being immersed in the experience to take the time to record it.
A few things have come off the needles recently. Anna Dalvi hosted a mystery knit-a-long in April/May and introduced us to her new pattern Mystic Supernova. I knit mine in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (fingering weight) in colour 187 Sunrise (15 balls) which is my favourite colour in that line. For the curious among you, Mystic Supernove is a circular shawl knit from the center out.
I also completed my third Feather and Fan Triangle Shawl from Cherly Oberle’s book Folk Shawls. I think this one may be mine. The other two have gone to appreciative relatives for Christmas presents. I knit this with 8 balls of Jamieson & Smith’s Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight (4 of 2009 Yuglet, 2 of 2003 Shaela and 2 of 2001 White).
And now I am working on Natalie Servant’s Peloton Shawl, a lovely semi-circular shawl with motifs to remind you of the Tour de France. This one I am knitting in Shelridge Soft Touch Heather (5 skeins) in the colour Cajun Spice. I hope to have this one off the needles soon.
While I was at Knitting Camp, I started Janine Bajus’ Starry Night Cardigan. Janine is a friend I met at Knitting Camp many years ago. Her knowledge and expertise in stranded knitting and design is very evident in this pattern.
And finally, I am enjoying our new deck this summer. Last fall we tore out the old deck and had it replaced with this one (same basic shape with lots of nice new added touches). Mike and I spent a good bit of time applying stain to it early in the summer. Now we just have to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is my summer office - many happy knitting hours have been spent out here. In fact, all of the pictures in this blog post were taken out on the deck.
So, I suppose I must close up the MacBook Air, head home and get back to work, knitting on the deck. Yes, I am enjoying the summer weather.