We are home from our fabulous trip to Lawrence, Kansas. My kitchen was gutted yesterday for a major kitchen rennovation. We are living in chaos but life is better than good it's great. Jocelynn Brown who does the "Handmade" column in the Friday Homestyle magazine for the Detroit News called on Tuesday. She was reading Knitting: A Love Story and wants to do a column on it! She set up a time Thursday for a phone interview and will send a photographer on September 17 to take pictures for a column in October. My feet haven't touched terraferma since. I have gone from 5'4" to 5'7" by simply floating above ground. More to come in the future!
Our trip to Lawrence was great. The driving was longer than I anticipated so I had 26 instead of 22 hours of car knitting. I got one and a half strips completed of the afghan. With our trip to Traverse City in September, it should be done. A Christmas gift for somebody! Yea!
The vest is one I made for my sister-in-law Andi for Christmas a couple of years ago. While I was in Lawrence, I took pictures of the things I have knit for Andi, Donn and Erin. The only problem was I couldn't take Lydia with me. Lydia is my dress form I use to showcase my garments in pictures. I didn't realize what a great job Lydia does until I had to do it without her.
This is the beautiful Nashua Sitar that I used for the vest. I first saw this georgous yarn in the Yarn Barn, of course. Another first in the Yarn Barn. Andi saw it and said,"This is the most beautiful yarn I've ever seen." I knew right then it would be her's. I treasure the 33 years Andi has been my sister-in-law. She is a kind intelligent person who shares the love of handmade (Andi is a master quilter) and good books with me.
I love this shawl! Originally, it was going to be my Sunset Beach project January of 2013. I started it so I could test the three colors I had chosen. I don't think you can tell, but each color (green, purple and black) has the other two colors in it. I started it and knit one pattern section then the next then the next and it was finished before we ever got to Sunset Beach. I gave it to Andi for her birthday in 2013. It was so much fun that I have plans to make it in sock weight for a scarf. Plans! Plans! Plans! So many plans so little time.
I love this so much that I took way too many pictures!
Andi was my partner in pain for the infamous weaving class. To say we had fun wouldn't exactly be accurate but I loved spending two full days with Andi. Besides, we have great stories about the experience.
Andi was also the recipient of a Jan Bag. Maybe I will be able to track all of them down and get pictures. The history of the Jan Bag! Interesting!
My trip to Lawrence was great in all ways. The 50th anniversary party was wonderful and inspired a post all of its own. My next post will showcase things I have knit for Donn.