Anticipating that there will be a knitting life after The Amazing Lace finishes on Labor Day Weekend (the holiday is also fondly thought of in my house as, "it's all over now til spring," though C is trying valiantly to change that mindset!), I signed up for the Central Park Hoodie Knitalong, hosted by Confessions of a Misplaced Southern Belle. This pattern is in the new fall issue of Knitscene. I'm happy to be joining Felt Like Knitting, Shazzas Knits, and The Knittin' Kitten, and meeting other knitters that are new to me as we work through this project together.
The Knittin Kitten (you should visit her blog if you haven't already -- she has the most gorgeous garden photos as well as knitted items!) and I met on Sunday, to see if we could find a tweed yarn for this project. Sadly, the Rowanspun Aran I liked was discontinued, and so the remaining stock at the LYS was short one skein in the navy color. The teal wool that TKK liked was the last skein of its kind too. So, after much indecision, my big purchase of the day was a set of Brittany dpns, size 11. I never knew how hard it was to find dpns in this size!
After the LYS, our patient husbands joined us for a wonderful bike ride on the rail trail -- 22.8 miles of pretty scenery along the harbor:
We had such a good time, even though we didn't find our dream yarns, and we hope to do it again soon. There is something about bicycling along the water with friends...the time goes by fast as you talk and admire the view, and you don't even notice how tired your legs are til the very end of the ride.
This morning I did find some Plymouth Tweed at WEBS that I think is close to the navy Rowanspun, so I placed an order, and have fingers crossed that it's the same color I saw in the knitting shop on Sunday. (They do accept international orders, if anyone is still in need of yarn for the project). And now, as I get back to our regularly scheduled Lace Dream Stole (click here for a closeup of the pattern), I am happy to share the good news that our Charlie's blood work came back fine on Monday (we all have the occasional wonky test result, I guess) and a photo of the most beautiful sunset, taken on Sunday at the end of our ride by the ever-talented C (thanks, honey):