Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Back in the Real World

My 30-days medical leave is over. Physically I'm feeling pretty good. The only lingering side effects are infrequent muscle spasms in the shoulders & back. I use them as my indicator when I've done too much - and quickly rachet it back. I'm back at work now & missing my lazy afternoons & evenings of knitting.

My wallet is breathing a sigh that I'm back to my day job to support my knitting habit (lol). The stash grew quite a bit over the last month as I enjoyed sales at Webs, kpixie, and elann. Finally took advantage of the "Hurt Book Sale" at Interweave to stock up on some titles that I didn't want to pay full price for. The books are fantastic, with no sign of flaws. The shipping costs were equivalent to a book price but didn't kill the deal. In the past month I finished the socks for DD#2 as well as the cotton tee.

Have made great progress on the Oriel Lace Cardigan by Kristen Hipsky. A really fun & interesting pattern that keeps your interest between the raglan shaping and lace pattern. I'm modifying it quite a bit - first by using a heavier alpaca/silk yarn perfect for the fall. Also have decided to finish it with 3/4 length sleeves and a crocheted edging instead of the knitted buttonband and collar. Here's my "in progress" pic:

Committed to finishing it up over the 4th of July weekend so I can start on the next project. Haven't quite decided what that will be. If you haven't seen the Vogue Early Fall issue - check it out........gorgeous selections.

Happy Knitting!