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I live in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY.  I have a husband who is a masters rower and a daughter obsessed with all things Japanese.  I'm a knitter and a spinner!  When I spin too much yarn I list it on my Etsy shop www.saratogaspinning.etsy.com.
My husband is also a master metalsmith and creates wonderful wrought iron wine racks displayed at www.oldworldwinerackdesigns.com.

I am a volunteer for the AFS student exchange program.  http://www.afs.org/
 
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Sunday, August 26, 2007

So Close I Can Almost Taste It!

Here is my first Campanula for the Cure sock! Just a few more rounds for the cuff and it's off the needles! I'll cast on the second one immediately so I don't get sidetracked . . . ;-)


And here's a little something I picked up from The Loopy Ewe - my first skein of HandMaiden Sea Silk. It is absolutely gorgeous! And so soft! It's destined to become a Montego Bay Scarf from Interweave Knits. It will probably end up being a gift - but I reserve judgment on that!

And progress on the Notre Dame de Grace sweater. This is a very easy pattern so far and the stitch pattern is very easy to memorize. I have both sleeves and half of the back finished.

A little closeup of the stitch definition.

And, of course, what happens when you place any piece of knitting down on the couch for a photo? Tiggy just has to investigate and curl up for a little nap!

I've spun up another batch of my Spunky Eclectic roving - love the bright colors - to be a pair of socks I think. I'm enjoying being part of this Roving of the Month club. Not only do I get beautiful roving in the mail every month, but it forces me to keep spinning. I don't like to see lots of months worth sitting around the basket looking lonely! So I hope to keep improving my skills. I'm having fun with all of the colors and sometimes try to get the striping to fall in line. This is a batch of superwash merino, so I can throw it right in the wash!

Well, I must say that this summer has flown by! In some ways I'm very happy to see it go - I won't remember chemotherapy fondly. But I've also had the opportunity to start a new job that I love, I only have 2 more weeks of radiation therapy which hasn't been bad at all, and my hair is starting to grow back ( oh the gray, the gray, the gray . . .;-)! Plus I'm on Ravelry, I've started exercising again and all of the back to school shopping is done! Do you think my energy level is back??

To celebrate all this newfound energy, I thought I'd join Jenn over at Adventures in Knitting and "Pay It Forward". You can also read about this on Allison's blog . During the next year, I'll send something I make to the first three people who respond to this post in the comments section and all you have to do is make the same offer on your blog! Also, the "gift" you send doesn't have to be handmade -- it can be anything you wish to share with another person. My three "gifts" will probably revolve around knitting!

4 comments:

MezzoDiva said...

I'll be happy to"PAY IT fORWARD" too! What a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing it.

And I am delighted to read that your energy level is back :)... (BTW - If you should happen to find mine, please send it home. I am really going to need it in the next few weeks!)

MezzoDiva said...

P.S. Your new Campanula is beautiful - but then so was the last one.

And thanks for your donation! I appreciate it very much.

smilnsigh said...

Hehhhh, and just *what other* reason did you place that knitting on the couch for?!? Why everyone and Tiggy knows that it was placed there, as a nap blanket for kitty. How silly of you to question!

^_^

Mari-Nanci

Patti said...

Love your Campanula sock and especially your wonderful handspun yarn. Beautiful! Best of luck in your recovery.