It is 8:12 a.m. here in the gorgeous Georgia mountains! Oh! I forgot to mention that my husband, Arno, and my extended family have traveled from NC to Georgia for a week, didn’t I? We are staying in a gorgeous cabin in the woods in a little town called Elijay, Georgia. You should see this cabin. I don’t think that there are any adjectives that could describe it and do it justice. I will include the link to the cabin though, just so you can drool at the gorgeous cabin like we did when we rented it in April.
For some reason, I cannot get the page down to work so that I can post underneath the pictures below, so I will make my post here and then leave the pics at the bottom of the page.
I am also going to post pictures of how far along I am on the gift I am making for my MIL. She is so excited to see it done, but she told me last night to put it away for a while and work on something else because it would be a good long time before she came back to see us after she goes home to the Netherlands on September 24, 2013. I will really miss her when she goes. Sounds strange, I know. But I got lucky when I married my husband. Not only did I snag a wonderful guy who really loves me, I snagged a good family along with him as well! Lucky girl I am!
I will have to get pictures of all of the stuff that I made for her, Joram, and Wim before they leave. I don’t think Joram, my BIL, was all that pleased about his scarf. Maybe he will see the need when it gets cold as a witch’s tit in the winter. :) Who knows? I know that Wim, my FIL, loved his scarf that I made for him. I spoke about the cabled scarf on my blog when I first started making it, I think that was in January maybe? God, my memory isn’t doing too well this morning!
Anyway, I am going to step away from this post to take current pictures of the shawl in progress! Feel free to comment while you wait.. Talk amongst yourselves… LOLOL!
I am back! Let me see if I can get below the cabin pictures to post the shawl pictures. If not, I will post them here. :) So I can’t get below the cabin pictures. Why did I even begin to think I could? I have already tried that! Duh!
When I look at the pictures I put up in April and compare them to today’s pictures, I have come a long way in getting this shawl done. Can you see the rose trellis in the pics that have light behind them? Even though this shawl has an 8-row repeat, it takes 12 rows before you see the trellis begin to take shape. When I was first starting this shawl, I could not see that trellis to save me, but I do see it now. It is so beautiful in real life. I can’t believe that MY hands are making something so beautiful! Grietje is so excited about it. She used to knit a long time ago, and when she knitted they didn’t have circular needles, either fixed or interchangeable. She stopped knitting because of the weight and taxation on her shoulders when she would get far into a pattern. She said she still has her straight needles, but she is loving the circular needles that I am using. She said it looked like it would take the weight off of her shoulders because then she could put it in her lap as she went along
When I asked her last year what she wanted me to make her, her first comment was “No socks!” Okay, so what do you want me to make for you? She said that she would like a shawl.. so that is how I came to be making this Rose Trellis Shawl for her. When she got here this past Tuesday, I asked her why she didn’t want socks.. LOL.. Who doesn’t want a handmade pair of socks? : ) She said that they were too thick and they were itchy! I showed her the shawl and told her that the yarn was sock yarn! She didn’t know that the yarn industry had evolved so much as to make sock yarn this beautiful and so thin.. YAY! I will be able to make her a pair of socks once I learn how to make them myself! I do have to get some measurements for her before she leaves.
Funny thing! She said that when she was knitting, she never would do what she thought of as “easy” patterns. She said that plain stockinette was boring to her, so she always picked complicated patterns to do. Ha! So do I! This pattern that I am doing is what I would call a bit difficult, but once I got into the rhythm of it, I think it is easier than I thought it would be. I am excited as well to see how it progresses along. I love the yarn that I am using, too. It is Claudia Handpainted yarn, and it is so beautiful!
I am off to get a pedicure right now! I got up early to write the 2 posts for today, and now that I have done that… I have a pedicure to enjoy! Oh, it has been so long.. I can’t wait!
Enjoy the pictures!
Talk to you sooner than I have lately!