Friday, July 07, 2006

Many changes

It's been a long time since I posted on this, and I feel guilty. I have been very, very busy, though. Since my last post, I have also written and presented a thesis on Sherlock Holmes and Umberto Eco, played two orchestra concerts, graduated from college, found an apartment, moved 500 miles, and started looking for a job. Phew!

One unfortunate aspect of my move is that I no longer have access to a digital camera. When people visit me, I might be able to get pictures of my projects, but until then, this blog might be a little boring. The happy part about this move is that I finally have an LYS! This is the Web-sters in Ashland. I've already been in and bought something, so I'm working on the "Fetching" gloves from the latest Knitty, in cherry red. It's a project I won't be able to use for a while, as it's been rather hot here. However, the red is cheering me up. I recently finished another Caryl's Kerchief, but am uncertain if I like the color of the Koigu I used. I also finished Ruby Slippers Conwy sock number one, and started the second one. These are for my mom.

To live up to its name, this blog should contain content about peacocks, right? Lately peacock motifs seem to have been following me around. I found a neat article on peacocks in India in Piecework magazine's May/June 05 issue, along with a pattern for an embroidered peacock. I also was recently delighted by the book Murder, With Peacocks by Donna Andrews (and the resulting series). This is a domestic cozy that I picked from the shelf at the library because it had peacocks. I expected it to be poorly written and too "chick-lit" for my taste. To my surprise, I enjoyed it thoroughly and laughed my way through it. This is not a book to read on the sly at work!

My mind has also been brought back to the Peacock Feathers Shawl, which I started and abandoned. I was using KnitPicks alpaca silk yarn, and now utterly detest the color, which is too variegated for me. I would still like to do this shawl though, and have gone back to my original plan of using Jaggerspun Zephyr, for which I have found a cheaper source. I am afraid the shawl as written will be enormous on me, however. I read that Eunny Jang used cobweb weight yarn and size 1 needles, and still ended up with a shawl almost as big as the projected measurements. If anyone out there knows a guaranteed way to make it smaller, please let me know!


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