Time to catch up a bit here, if you'll bear with me.
It's been a "busy" (you can airquote that) week, and I've resorted to the cocktail version of microwave dinner. Not that I ever claim to be a cocktail purist, but generally I do go through the steps to make the stuff. This week, I'm loving the powder. And honestly, if I'm being true to the 1960s nature of the MadMen season premiere, or the generation who put whisky sour on my radar, they were pretty fond of their Jello and Spam shortcuts, so the Bar Tenders Instant is actually very appropriate.
I really love how the box says "New Look! Same Great Taste" even though the look was new in 1974. Anyways, I suggest you pick up a box or two and keep em in the cabinet. Some busy night, you'll totally thank me.
As for pattern news, I've been in a bit of happy shock over your response to Vodka Lemonade! I want to put a big Thank You out there to all of you for your comments and kind words and enthusiasm (70 projects on Rav already??) and for the crazy-amazing fact that you had my pattern in the top 5 on Ravelry's What's Hot page for almost a week! I know, since I may have checked once or twice.
I have to admit that I spent most the week a bit distracted, checking the stats again and again, and this in no small way added to my need of powdered cocktails. But now that the pattern is launched and being knit, I'm just looking forward to seeing all of your projects and to the ability to stay away from the screen for hours at a time again. (uh huh..)
During my week of distraction, I did finish another shawl pattern. I've been knocking a few of these out in the background this winter, under the premise that I'm researching different methods of shawl construction and design - with the plan of a Plucky project this summer. In reality, I'm becoming a little obsessed with these patterns and can't wait to do a few more to help me decide...
This time it was Kirsten Kapur's Snow Drops and Snap Peas, a design I loved the moment it came out, but hadn't gotten around to actually making until now. I think it's the perfect balance between feminine and not so fussy, and it was a great pattern to memorize for TV knitting. Under that, on my dressform here, is Gudrun's Aestlight, another amazing pattern which I find I wear a lot, and Classic Elite's Highland Fling. Each scarf is a different shape and uses different techniques, so I'm slowly figuring out what I want to do for my own. But I do think a few more of these will be necessary before I decide.
Scarf and shawl knitters, here's where you can help a girl out and put in your two cents towards a future project. Tell me what you guys love about your favorite ones - texture, great lace, interesting construction, the perfect size... whatever it is, I'd love to know.
The yarn I used for Snap Peas is Ball and Skein's Sophia, which I got at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival a year ago. They will be there again - and in VT and CT and ME, so if you see them at a festival, be sure to check their yarns out - the colors are just beautiful. And they look perfect in a shawl like these!!
Way before I get to finishing up any scarf designs though, Charleston Tea is on deck and the test knitters are nearing their button bands. In my "busy" (airquotes again) week, I'd forgotten to send them the button band directions, so am getting that done right now. As you can tell.
Anyways, Mid April is what I'm thinking, and I've begun coordinating with ThePluckyKnitter so there could, maybe, probably be kits.
Have a good weekend!