My longest standing WIP is a laceweight shawl. It's really beautiful, but I don't enjoy working on it because the rows are really long now. Plus, all the right side rows are beaded, so each RS row is taking me somewhere around 35 minutes to complete. Fortunately, the WS rows are just purled with no beads, so those aren't quite as painful! The yarn for this shawl is a 100% silk which was naturally dyed by A Verb for Keeping Warm. I found it at Stitches West in 2009, and cast on shortly after that, and it's still on the needles. The good news is that my online knitting buddy knitrsue decided to make a shawl, so I'm having a knit-along with her to keep me motivated to finish this shawl. I have 24 more body rows to go, and then the beaded border. I'm trying to do 1 row a day, and so far that's working pretty good most days! The photo isn't very good - I have it on the longest cable I've got, but it's not nearly long enough for me to spread the whole shawl out.
On the opposite end of the shawl spectrum is this newly finished object - yay!!! This was a second test knit of the After Hours shawl I designed, and I made it with our new Sockaholic Sweet yarn that we'll be introducing very soon. This little beauty is a one-skein wonder, made from fingering weight yarn on size 11 needles, with optional beads on the border. I cast this on July 7th, and finished knitting it on the 18th. Now that's my kind of shawl! This shawl pattern will be our next Knitters Brewing knit-along. Watch for the announcement at the beginning of August. Another bonus... this is going to be a Christmas gift, so I have one done already! :-)
Now for the Balls... Sunday was Stitch n' Pitch with the Padres, and our usual cadre of party knitters was there to cheer on the home team to victory! A few of us took the commuter train to the ballpark, so I had lots of uninterrupted knitting time, and finished those darned sweater sleeves! I am so happy about that :-) Now I just need to do the front band, and this sweater will be done and ready to wear when Fall hits. I think this is going to be one of those sweaters that I'll get a lot of use out of. I really like the DK weight - not heavy or bulky, but still warm due to the alpaca/silk content.
This weekend is my 30th class reunion - doesn't even seem possible! I've been working on nametags for the event, and it's been such a hoot to go through the old photos and yearbook. Due to my ageing memory, I regretfully can not remember everyone in the class, but I'm sure the memories will come flooding back once the plane lands in Nebraska. My mother tells me to expect 90+ degree weather, so I plan to spend a lot of time on a floatie in the lake they live on when I'm not socializing with my old pals. There's a new LYS in my hometown I get to check out, too!