First off, a big thanks to all of you for your patience. Once in awhile, much like a brick and mortar store, you have to shut down. Apparently getting back up is another thing, as the store is still down. I do have my fingers crossed that the store will be back open today. But 'til then, let me share my most recent project with you!
So, I'd like to blame Laura (of test kniting fame) for introducing me to my most recent project. Last week when she said "hey, check out this super-popular pattern on Ravelry," I actually took a minute to do it. See, I have barely surfed around Ravelry (I'm AllisonSSYC) since I got my invitation over 7 months ago. I just don't have the time I used to have to hang out in the forums and chat, detail my most recent projects, and share knitting wisdom. As much as I'd like to spend time on Ravelry, the store and JAMES just take up so much time. And the few hours I have left over at the end of the week are spent knitting and napping. Wow, am I exciting, or what? But I have finally taken the time to set up a flickr account and get to it- mostly b/c I am in lurve with Veronik Avery's Lace Ribbon Scarf from the most recent Knitty magazine. If you don't already have this project on your to-do list, then ADD IT for heaven's sake, because it rocks.
After I cast on (with size 3 Lace Addi's and Hand Maiden Casbah in Ivory- more on order), I had a bit of trouble with the chart. For me, following a chart requires a bit of attention, and with a clingy 9-month old at your feet it's hard to give a chart the proper attention. But once that little bugger went down for a nap, I really got going on the scarf. I spent all James nap time all weekend on this scarf. I even spent some awake-time on the scarf, which is why perhaps James tried to destroy it as soon as I put it down on his quilt for a picture.
The pattern is a great use for sock yarn. It calls for Alpaca Sox yarn, which I stock and just got more in (should be up on the website later this week), but I've been waiting for a project to use the Casbah sock yarn, and I think it works perfectly. I already know I will knit this pattern again, but perhaps with Dream in Color's Baby, Shibui Sock, Artyarns Ultramerino, or Fleece Artist Sea Wool or Somoko. Luckily, I don't have to decide just yet!