The sixth time

Sometimes I wonder why I take on these projects, and I worry that I will run out of ideas and shapes and things that are different enough, yet still beautiful.

But so far, so good. The 6th Sonnet is nearly done and should debut December 1st, right on time. The yarn from Tempted is a dream, and the twisted stitches and lacy bits are all lining up just so. Can’t wait to show you the finished thing!

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On the go

Today I worked in many places. I worked at the Chrysler dealership while they changed my oil and plugged the holes from 2 count ‘em 2 nails that were embedded in one of my tires.

I worked while I waited in line to vote. I worked while I waited for after school sports to finish.

And I worked while I ate dinner with my boys at a picnic table in between sports and scouts. And oh yeah, I’m working now.

It is nice though, to have a “job” that is so very portable. I can knit nearly anywhere. And with a bit of pre-planning I can take my MacBook or some graph paper and pencils and be writing patterns too!

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And that’s how the glamour shot of the yarn for the Sixth Sonnet ended up being taken on playground equipment at twilight. It’s a lovely milk chocolate color, the color of faded leather where the bits have worn off, but filled with warmth and depth. It’s an MCN heavy laceweight / light fingering yarn by Tempted – Lacy Luxe Yarn.

Ideas are coming together for the 6th Sonnet and tomorrow will be a day of swatching and finalizing the lace patterns. Good stuff is coming – and soon!

 

Teasdale

One of the things that I love about the Seven Sonnets project is that I get to work with some really amazing dyers. And when Sarah of Stitches ‘N Rows said she wanted to do red for this project I was really excited. I love this red! Well to be honest I just love red. But nothing stirs me more than a rich blue red – mostly because that colors looks best on me!

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Teasdale is named for American poet Sara Teasdale. Red is the color of love and longing, and Sara’s poems bring those feelings to life.

Fate is a wind, and red leaves fly before it
Far apart, far away in the gusty time of year

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Teasdale is started with red leafy border worked in one long piece and is worked up in the “Killjoy” colorway dyed up by Stitches ‘N Rows. Stitches are picked up to work the patterned body. And I adore this patterned body. I love the way the short rows don’t interrupt the patterning and the pattern is simple and intuitive to work.

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Teasdale is a half-circle shape and is available via Ravelry for PDF download. It can be purchased individually for $6.00 or as part of the Seven Sonnets collection for $21.95. There are only two sonnets left to be recited. And Sarah from Stitches ‘N Rows has the Killroy colorway in stock right now, as well as a selection of gorgeous hand-dyed fiber!

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Needles: Size 6 needles (4.0 mm)

Yarn: Stitches ‘N Rows Definitive Sock or Entwined Sock in “Killjoy”
400 yards needed to work the pattern

Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Size: One size – 50″ wide and 15″ deep after blocking

Teasdale is available to purchase for $6.00 USD
or as part of the Seven Sonnets Collection for $21.95 USD