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Yellow leavesWhat a sense of accomplishment! For the past few days, I’ve been knitting on my Clapotis like a maniac, trying to get it completed, and now it’s done! Honestly, I didn’t think it would ever get finished because I have a horrible track record with larger projects. To say I’m pleased with myself is an understatement. Now it just needs to be blocked. Pictures to come when I can get a really good one outside in natural light.

Today I mailed out the angel package to my extra Fall Into Autumn Dishcloth Exchange pal, and sheOrange leaves should get that in a week or so. That’s another swap down! Once I send out the scarf I made for the Ravelry Scarf Exchange (it’s blocking now) and then the final package for my SP11 pal (everything’s ready for it), I’m done with swaps for awhile. There are so many other things I want to knit, and I can’t get to any of it if I’m always making items for swaps, so I’m going to take a break.

Now that the Clapotis is finished, I can concentrate on those nightmare socks I started way back when. The first sock is done, but I might need to reknit the toe, and the second sock has it’s leg, heel flap and heel turn, but the gusset is giving me some problems. Although I have the pattern directions in front of me from “Knitting Socks on Two Circulars” by Cat Bordhi, I am completely lost and can’t figure out what the directions are telling me to do. I may need to enlist the help of my knitting friends in this one. I’m determined to master socks before I start another single project!

Holly

The boys and I went outside last weekend and had a great surprise when we saw that fall had finally snuck in, almost overnight. The fall foliage is so beautiful right now; all I have to do is peek out my front window to see all the pretty colors. đŸ™‚

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Right now, I’m dyeing about two skeins of yarn each day that I spend time playing with colors in my kitchen. Yesterday was spent visiting opposite ends of the spectrum! My inspiration for the first one came from a bird I tried to rescue one time. It was a grackle, and its feathers had this sheen about them that shone dark blue, purple and green in the sun even though he was entirely black overall. I tried to reproduce this in a sock yarn, and I don’t think the results were too far off.

Acid dye handpainted yarn

The second yarn I dyed yesterday came out perfectly, and I’m really happy with it, as well. In fact, I love this second yarn so much, I might not be able to put it in my shop!

Acid dye handpainted yarn

Regarding knitting, I’ve been working on my Clapotis for a month now, and now I’m really feeling the urge to knit something small and quick for some instant gratification. Perhaps a washcloth for my SP11 pal, or a pair of baby bootees (doesn’t get much smaller than that), or maybe I should just finish those nightmare socks that have been on hold since I started the Clapotis. I have three projects going at once, and putting the other two off to work on the Clapotis is starting to bother me, so I’ll probably finish the socks.

Pixie received her getStitchy Handpainted Yarn Swap package last week and she seemed to like it! The yarn I dyed for her was some really soft superwash DK that I KNOW I took pictures of, but they are gone! The only thing I can think of is that I forgot to upload them to my computer from my Nikon before I deleted everything on the memory card. Oh well, you can see her loot over on her blog: Purly Girl.

Yesterday, my DH mailed the package that is being sent to my Ravelry Caffeine Swap partner too, so she should be getting that very soon, as she’s on the east coast too. I had a bit of a time finding a decent coffee mug in this town, at least one that she might like according to her questionnaire, so I hope she likes what I finally chose. So that’s another swap done for me… two down, two to go!

My Ravelry Scarf Exchange partner’s questionnaire finally made it to my inbox. This swap has got me quite anxious, as I’ve never knit anything for a swap before. (Good thing we have until December to get it done!) Now I just have to find the perfect scarf pattern for her and then the perfect yarn for the scarf, and then I can get started on it.

School starts Monday for both boys, but I don’t think they’re ready for it… what am I saying??? I’m not ready for it yet! Geesh! I was hoping to get my Clapotis done before school, but no such luck. And then Corey’s getting an insulin pump really soon, so we’ll be going to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Bee on my purple crepe myrtle.

Two springs ago, I bought a very small crepe myrtle bush and planted it, and its blossoms were gorgeous. Then winter came, and then spring, and everyone else’s crepe myrtles were in full bloom. Except mine, which was rather disappointing. It was still dormant up until mid-June, when I noticed it was sprouting new leaves among the dead branches. I pruned all the dead parts off, and here it is at the end of August, in full bloom once again. đŸ™‚

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Last week went by entirely too fast! I’m having a hard time believing school will be starting next week. Where did last week go, anyhow? *PoOf!*

There’s lots of stuff going on right now, but mostly dyeing yarn and increasing inventory for my Etsy shop, and knitting on my Clapotis. Such an enjoyable knit, and I have pictures, finally! Progressing steadily, it is about halfway done — 500 yards down — 500 to go! If you’re interested in this pattern, you can find it HERE.

Clapotis progress

Clapotis detail

My DH is putting a package in the mail for me today for my swap partner in the getStitchy! Handpainted Yarn Swap. I can’t wait till she gets it! Also, I’ve joined three other swap-type groups, which means I must be insane. Did I just hear my conscience tell me I had too much going on already? Yeah, well, one package is in the mail, so one down, three to go!

getStitchy! Handpainted Yarn Swap — The package is in the mail!

Ravelry Caffeine Swap – Just looking for a really nice coffee mug now and then I can send off that package.

Ravelry Scarf Exchange – We haven’t even been given our swap partners yet, so I’m still waiting to see who I get and what that person would be interested in as a scarf.

Secret Pal 11 – This is the big one. We’ve been given our swap pals, and I’ve started plotting and planning the first package, but I’m not really sure what I’m going to send yet. Probably some of MY yarn, of course!

Totally unrelated to knitting or yarn, I found this little geometrid moth clinging to our screen door one day and took a photo of him from the inside of the house. See his eyes on either side of one of the wires? Neat!

Geometric geometrid

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My clapotisI finally gave in and started my own Clapotis scarf/shawl/wrap after I found out that my friend Pixie (the only other Delmarva Knitter) had plans to make one too. So we started a Clapotis knit-along in our little knitting group of two, and also posted this knit-along at the getStitchy! forum. (If anyone else would like to join in with us, please do! Just go to that forum I linked to, register and get stitching!)

Right now, I’m on repeat three in the third section of straight rows. The image at left is a shot of my progress from about a week ago. I am substantially farther than this though, and will post updated pictures soon.

I’m using size 6 bamboo circulars instead of the pattern’s suggested size 8, and I’m using the yummy SeeJayneKnit Yarns Luxury DK in the custom colorway Austin Peacock that she made for me at a special request. When I knit with this yarn, I’m indulging in total eye candy with the beautiful stitches the yarn makes, and I love it — it’s really soft and enjoyable to work with. Thanks again, Jayne!

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Tonight, I’m meeting up with Pixie at a local cafe, for the 4th meeting of the only two knitters on Delmarva. (I’m positive there are other knitters out there, but they’re in hiding and won’t come out.) If anyone is interested and lives on Delmarva, we are based in the Salisbury, Maryland, area and meet at Panera Bread and Barnes & Noble at different dates and times. See our yahoo group for more details: Delmarva Knitters

This meeting, we’ve decided to start a Clapotis knitalong between us because neither of us have made that. Actually, I already started mine yesterday because I didn’t know what some of the knitting abbreviations were in the pattern and had to look them up online. It’s easy enough, but it’s so large, I just don’t know if I will be able to finish it. I have enough yarn, have enough stitch markers, but do I have enough patience? We shall see… updates to come!

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