Monday, September 7, 2009

a labor of love

phew! it's been a while, hasn't it? at my last blog entry, spring was on its way out, and i was busy knitting socks. now, autumn has almost arrived and i'm in a sweater knitting frenzy!

i've spent some quality time with my february lady sweater lately. seeing this grow, row by row, repeat by repeat has been so fun, and the prospect of a completely wearable sweater is captivating. i've knit sweaters before, but either they went unfinished or were not worn for more than a photo op. this one will be different!

most of the knitting projects that have kept me up until well into the early summer mornings of were socks. the crosshatch lace socks were completed. audrey's sweetpeas were finished. 40 summers long are now ready for wear. just cast off were the "and they call it poppy love" socks. if you follow my flickr stream or are a friend on ravelry, you've maybe already seen them. if you haven't, here's an index:

i also made two felted berets for a school project, worked heartily on my february lady sweater, began a "simple sock" for when i'm in the car waiting for the kids to get out of school (or dance or art...), and test knit a fabulous mitten pattern.

so many thanks to those friends who took the time to e-mail me or re-post to a previous blog entry throughout the summer. the idea that you missed my ramblings here in this little space made my days even brighter. no major life changes kept me from blogging; simply put, writing became difficult to prioritize when the kids were on break -- and underfoot! -- and while a bounty of delicious vegetables was growing in the backyard.

cooler weather lured me out yesterday, and i spent the morning and early afternoon pulling out the spring-planted crops to make room for the fall crops i intend to plant in just a couple of weeks. but don't worry: that endeavor won't keep me from blogging through the busiest of knitting seasons. it's my hope to blog every monday, between loads of laundry and occupying the last kidlet at home. we celebrated gavin's fourth birthday just yesterday. it's quite possible that this is his last year at home with me all day... i can hardly believe it.


t does wool said...

good to see you back!..and all of your projects are lovely

Renee said...

Welcome back, so nice to hear from you again.
Your knits are wonderful!

Chelsea said...

welcome back! obviously your hands have been busy elsewhere... The february lady is lovely -- I've been doing some dream in color knitting myself lately and their colors are just fantastic, no?

Kristyn Knits said...

so great to see you back. I've stopped by several times...and today I smiled when I saw your new header and a new post!!
welcome back.
I must be right behind you on projects...advent and now fls. just starting my lace...have to visit your flickr to see more pics? have a wonderful start to fall!

sheepish one said...

thanks, friends!!

kristyn: i'm finding fls is a hard knit to photograph whilst on the needles. it might just have to be a wait-n-see!

Kristyn Knits said...

can't wait-to-see!! knit on.

a friend to knit with said...

yay! so happy to see you light up!!!

and yay to mondays... i'll be waiting! :)

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Welcome back!!! Just look at all those gorgeous handknits!!! Can't wait to see your finished FLS!!!

Hilary said...

Yay, you're back! Some lovely summer knits you have...can't wait to see what the Fall has in store. (But it looks like it's back to being a little warm in the Valley...98 tomorrow and Friday?!).

kim said...

Welcome back. Lovely projects, especially the Bella Mittens.