Well then. Huh, July? Not so much. Salvbard
was in China for 3 weeks out of it, and between that and getting ready for his next trip to China, I am afraid I haven't had much time to sit and craft never mind blog about it. I have been thinking about it a fair bit though and have a few post topics lines up to share.
First off the only thing I knit in July:
Ok yes, it isn't super complicated, but it was the perfect mindless project for stressful days. The result is over 1300 yards (1200 meters) of fingering weight in garter stitch, which makes for a fabulous shawl to help cut the chill of over air conditioned buses and businesses.
This was a great stash buster, and the pattern would work in nearly any weight yarn due to its construction. In the suggested yarn weight and amounts this is a generously sized shawl, though again due to its construction you could easily make it smaller if you preferred.
I hadn't worked with the Alpaca Sox yarn before, but I really hesitated to make it into a pair of socks despite the name. Knowing the lack of memory that alpaca has, it seems like it would make very hot, very slouchy socks. In the shawl it is a bit fuzzier than I might like, but it makes a wonderfully warm, cozy fabric.
Just a brief note about the beautiful location for the pictures here. Salvbard and I took Chiquita out for an adventure in western Massachusetts. Obviously we had to stop into Northampton, but we also took some time to stop and visit the Quabbin
. If you are not familiar with its history
, it was a really interesting project in terms of the scale of the effort that was required to build it in response to Boston's growing water demands.