Why do the weekend days pass by so much faster than Monday through Friday?? Although, those days are passing pretty fast, too. I can't believe it's almost September and 4 months from today will be the day after Christmas!
I have worked all weekend to try and avoid the end of the month madness later this week. I did make time to play a bit with the yarn for the wedding sweater. I also played with my Sweater Wizard. I have had the program forever but this is the first time I've really used it. I did my swatches and have tried out different stitch patterns - making the stockinette the right side, making the reverse stockinette the right side and then doing about 3-5 vertical knit ridges, garter stitch, etc.
The yarn is Colinette's Giotto Toscana 55. I LOVE the color (or colors) of this yarn! I finally found a pattern that I liked - Rossella. It's just a boxy very loose sweater and is on the back cover of the Colinette book - Catalan. The right side is garter stitch with a knit vertical ridge. (I know this probably doesn't make much sense unless you're looking at the pattern.) But, looking at the two swatches above, I prefer the stockinette one. I think the colors and the yarn show up better. Plus, the stockinette stitch side looks more vertical. I was going to do a few rows of garter stitch at the hem and the sides (going to do side-vents) but Pam suggested seed stitch instead. I love seed stitch so will do that instead of garter. So, I guess I'll strive for the shape of the Colinette pattern but just do plain old stockinette stitch. Loose sweater - seed stitch at hem and a couple inches up side to edge the side-vents, and at the ends of the 3/4 length sleeves, stockinette stitch everywhere else. Any other suggestions???
George and Gracie spent some time today looking for bugs and catching a blue tail skink. (More skink info here.) If you look closely at Gracie in the photo on the left, you'll see that she is very gently holding down a skink. A blue tail-less skink! I found the blue tail about 2 feet away! Gracie, always the lady, is just patting the skink. It would get away and she'd find it and just pat it.
Gracie has really come around. She isn't skittish with me anymore and loves to have her back scratched. She's starting to curl her head around my hand so I'll rub the side of her head. She is sooo sweet and dainty compared to George. George remains as curious as ever. He is going to be a big kitty - big paws and legs. He's also very sweet and loves to be held. Just purrs allll the time!
Well, Knitter's Virtual Vacation Swap is coming to a close. My pal, the one whose name I had, is Nichole from New Hampshire. She is going to the Commonwealth of Virginia for her virtual vacation. Her box of goodies is in the mail and I'll show pictures once she receives it. Don't want to spoil her surprise!