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June 21, 2008

From Susan — Whatcha Working On?

Filed under: Mystic Waters Shawl — lv2knit @ 8:23 am

Thank you all for the wonderful outpouring of support for the Wrapped in Care program.  I received a number of stories that validate the project and a number of people who have jumped on board to knit a shawl and/or get the word out to knitting groups, church knitting ministries, etc.  Thanks!  I created a Ravelry Group called Wrapped in Care — I would love it if those of you who are working on shawls would join!  You’re all issued a formal invitation to join the group!

This weekend, instead of spending two full days at a soccer tournament ( – er, Bad, Bad Mommy! – ), I will be sewing.  I am making the dress that goes with my Mystic Waters Shawl (which isn’t making much progress) — here’s the pattern:

Check out the cute pants that go under the dress!  I thought that was a great idea — more coverage without looking frumpy, so I bought the dark blue to go with.  It says “fast & easy” so I hope there is truth in advertising!  My real sewing days are over.  I used to do close-to-couture sewing and made all of my clothes.  Now, fast and easy rules!

I’ve stationed myself downstairs in view of the DVD player and will sew to Pride and Prejudice or something along those lines.  I know every word by heart, so it can play in the background.

What are the rest of you working on?  My knitting is in such a doldrum lately that I would love to be inspired by others!!



  1. What I am Not Working on is a better question! I just started the Kauni Cardigan last night. Did I read somewhere on your posts that you did the checker board garter hem? I wrote it down quite sometime ago and wasn’t sure where I had seen it and wanted to go back and check it out again.

    Besides the Kauni, I am trying to decide between the Icarus Shawl and the Kiri Shawl for some great limey green Kid Silk Haze I bought.

    Sometime ago I started the Vogue mitered square cardigan after seeing it posted here. I sat it aside because I wasn’t sure if it would ever get finished.

    I am working on the Sunrise Jacket out of Cascade 220 Paints. I am worried now after restarting and then finishing the back that maybe I should have went up a size?

    See, what I mean – I could go on and on!

    Comment by pjknits — June 21, 2008 @ 9:31 am

  2. Reminds me of the days I used to watch Scarlett while doing the ironing.

    Comment by LizzieK8 — June 21, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  3. I’m working on my afghan from H-E double hockey sticks. It’s due 7-7 so I need to get a move on it. It A. never seems to grow and B. is so stinking heavy in this heat. I’ve not had my sewing machine upstairs in years. It resides in the dungeon right along with my sewing skills.

    I linked to your site today for the shawls. On my site, I linked to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep which has a mission doing the type of photography you speak about for these moms. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the site or the work they do for families in crisis, but it’s beautiful. Don’t go without a hankie.

    I keep a stash of inexpensive acrylic yarns for the allergic. I really like LB’s Vanna’s Choice. As soon as the afghan is done, I’m going to make a powder blue shawl for WIC.

    Comment by rudee — June 21, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  4. My 10 y.o. knitting dau. and I are cranking out a lot of FOs lately, but we’re nearing the end on WIPs(!) and don’t want any big wooly knitting in our laps for the coming warmer months. I’m sticking w/ scarves (undulating waves, 2nd one, currently) and stranded gloves for summer knitting, which is also the start of the xmas gift stash. Yay!

    Comment by livnletlrn — June 21, 2008 @ 11:44 am

  5. I love the flow and look of those Butterick garments. I like the loose pants under the dress… reminds me of the grace of Vietnamese or Pakistani women’s clothing.

    I’m letting my Kauni age over the summer… I can’t seem to find the concentration that pattern requires. I do, however, have the concentration for socks.

    Comment by Susan — June 21, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  6. When I knit, I’m still working on my bolero. I mean my Ode to Joy cardigan.

    Comment by surly — June 21, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

  7. I’ve got a couple of pairs of socks going (big surprise) including a pair of Reversi by MeanGirl using a yummy wool bamboo purchased at The Yarnery. I’ve got a tank top going using All Seasons Cotton. I’ve just finished a baby sweater for a book-club buddy who is preggers and I’ve just started a pair of Fetching mitts for my favorite bus driver. Everything is small and cool and quick to knit because I have a very short attention span (especially in the summer).

    Comment by soxanne — June 21, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

  8. I’m 95% complete on a Sally Melville knitted dress (not exactly timely with summer upon us – doh!! Just the blocking and seaming to go. The pattern is her Needful Collection and I think it calls itself a cabled jumper (very long jumper if you ask me:-)) My Aleita Shell (IK knits Spring 08) is off the needles and needs blocking – otherwise it’s complete. On the needles is Kimono Leaf Top (IK Knits Summer 08). Front and back are done and I’m now in sleeve no.1 It’s having to take a back seat a bit though as we are re-arranging all 4 of our reception rooms – at once! I can hear it calling to me…..

    Comment by Ros — June 22, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

  9. While my knitting may be on hold (shoulder issues), I’m taking full advantage of crochet opportunities with a log cabin-style baby blanket on one hook and a laceweight shawl on another.

    Comment by Karen B. — June 22, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

  10. I still remember when I used to sew by television. One of my favorite memories was working on a McCall’s Raggedy Ann pattern in the seventies while watching the Kentucky Derby. I still have the pattern (which I sewed for my niece) but can’t remember the name of the winning horse!

    Right now I am knitting the Monica ruffled tank top from in two shades of pink for that same niece’s 3-yr. old daughter.

    Comment by Kathy B. — June 22, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

  11. I know every word to P&P, as well! My husband and I quote the dialog to each other all the time. 🙂 I’ve been spinning. I should be working. :sigh: 😉


    Comment by Romi — June 22, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  12. Susan- I’ve been messing around in the dyepot.

    I love the dress over the pants.

    Comment by Lorraine — June 23, 2008 @ 8:52 am

  13. I just bought that same pattern last week! I love your fabric choice. I’m inspired now to get some fabric on my lunch hour and start the thing! Good luck with yours!

    Comment by Pam — June 23, 2008 @ 9:23 am

  14. Love the dress pattern. I just finished an entrelac jacket in Noro Silk Garden Lite (check it out on Ravelry), which presented some interesting challenges. Now I am playing with a fair isle pullover, using variegated yarn for the pattern instead of multiple colors. This satisfies my love/hate relationship with multi-coloroed yarns, and I love the deep blue base color. I also have a shawl that is in the doldrums.

    Comment by Astrid — June 23, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  15. I have that very pattern! I’ve made the tunic top in an embroidered cotton, and have the dress cut out in a lime green rayon blend. I think I will make the pants as well. I’m sewing, knitting, and if my ordered table top loom ever appears, I’ll beweaving this summer. Oh, and Kauni. I’m going to be starting Kauni (in a Celtic Knot pattern) very soon…
    (the tunic top is pictured on my “the Sewing post” a few days ago)

    Comment by Sandra — June 23, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  16. Fawkes socks. Check my blog for progress.

    Love the fabric, aren’t batiks great?

    Comment by Tiny Tyrant — June 23, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  17. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, I have finishitis. I am finishing (even able to force myself to do the knitted on edge, which I will never do again when my current projects are complete) a self designed stole I started before Thanksgiving. Of course now I am procrastinating on a February Lady Sweater, but as it is far too humid to wear anything hand knit at least I’m getting some of my backlog done.

    Comment by Valerie — June 23, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  18. Just started the colorwork on my Forest Darkness cardigan – it is a horrible temptation during a week in which I really need to be wrapping up a bunch of work projects as I transition to a new job on Monday. And I’m working on picking out a wedding shawl for my eldest’s wedding this coming spring. I also need to cast on some new socks to travel around with me – I’m thinking Rivendell from Eclectic Sole by Janel Laidman.

    Comment by twinsetellen — June 24, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

  19. ooooh … i love the pattern. i can’t wait to see your version of it 🙂
    isn’t that the way it goes … ? you knit or sew something, and thus *need* something else to go with it … and then (beware) the search for the perfect shoes commences too 😉

    Comment by gray la gran — June 25, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

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