Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Winter and Catharina, Both Almost Done

In the past week we've had 60 degree weather, 25 degree weather, thunderstorms, high winds, snow, more high winds, and some minor flooding. Great weather to stay inside and knit if you don't want to get soaking wet or hit in the head with a flying tree branch.

This evening it's winter again - cold, and snowing.

While waiting for Installment 7 of FLAK, the body, I've been knitting swatches for Eris and knitting on Catharina.

The Catharina garter stitch and easy lace pattern are the perfect break from FLAK cables.

Pappy and CatharinaPattern: GS Catharina from Stahman's Shawls and Scarves

Yarn: Worsted weight Peace Fleece, 30% Mohair/70% wool.

Color: Ukranian red.

Note: Knitting this shawl as a working shawl for the CIC caretakers. Red is their most requested color.

Needles: Addi Turbo #7

Gauge: 4 stitches/inch, 6 rows/inch

I'm on row 133, about half way through the amount of lace planned for the border. The present, unblocked length in the back is 23 inches. The wingspan 55 inches.

Right now there are 335 stitches on the needle. By the time I bind off, there will be just a few short of 400 stitches on the needle.

I'm going to be very close to using up every last inch of 20 ounces of yarn I bought. Catharina will have a garter stitch edging because there won't be enough yarn to make the lace edging.

Catharina toward the endCatharina has been a very enjoyable knit and I'm looking forward to knitting a second Faroese shawl from Stahman's book with linen yarn.

I'm going to swatch a few of the lace patterns in linen before making the final decision, but I'm leaning toward Elizabeth, a pretty garden basket lace pattern.

Pappy looking sweet and innocent as he helps me inspect CatharinaDid you notice that some of the lace is turned under on the right side of the top picture? I didn't notice until Catharina was back on the needle and it was too late to take more pictures.

I think maybe Pappy turned it under when he jumped on the bed and got in position to join the photo shoot.

Does he look guilty?

No, he looks innocent and sweet because he is.

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