Saturday, June 25, 2011

California Girl in California, and the Knitting is Fine...

We were delayed a day in leaving Australia because of the volcanic ash cloud that caused cancelled flights for a few days.  Bad news was we had to route through LAX instead of direct to SFO, but we arrived eventually, tired but ready for some summer.  Oakland was glad to oblige!

I did some knitting on the train to Sydney, then gave it a rest for the flight.  The Red Highland Triangle Shawl is proceeding well and I'm knitting the edging now.  Fiddly, but effective.  Wanna see?  Of COURSE you do!

The shawl still looks kind of like a big red puddle, but it will change into a dramatic, beautiful piece when it's blocked...I hope.  Here's where we are with it today.

As you can see, there's a l-o-n-n-n-n-g way to go, so I'm taking a break and (surprise, surprise) starting something new:

I bought this gorgeous yarn at Stitches West last year and have been itching to start something with it.  Now seemed like a good time...  I seem to be on a red kick, don't I?  This yarn is a wonderful color but hard to describe.  I'm calling it Black Cherry, for want of a better name.  It's a blend of wool, silk and viscose, from Brooks Farm Yarns in Texas.  Lovely stuff to knit with.  The pattern is a top down swing pullover from Knitting Pure and Simple...couldn't be simpler or plainer.  I think it will look good layered over a t-neck, or worn alone with black pants and a nice necklace for a bit more dressy look.

The weather is glorious -- sunny and warm, but not too hot.  I think we'll hang about for a bit, then take a stroll down to Article Pract (LYS, name is a play on the words "practical art" -- I know, kinda lame, but a great yarn shop) and then on to Barlata's Tapas Bar for a little nosh, then an early night.


floribunda... aka Julie said...

welcome back! there's another new yarn store to visit when you have a chance, at San Pablo & Alcatraz. It's called "a verb for keeping warm".

Quilts And Pieces said...

Wow, it seems like you just got back to Oz! and now you are back here! That is a lot of flying! I LOVE your new shawl so far. That pattern is wonderful!

Libby said...

Welcome home!