I've been in a finishing frenzy the past couple of days. Sunday night I finished and blocked my pooling colors scarf, and had my photographer shoot the final photos of it last night. I really dig this scarf, and the Schaefer Anne. I had really like the crinkly texture the yarn and stitch pattern created, but once it was washed and blocked, it turned into the softest fabric! I've got two more skeins of Anne, and I suspect I may try this pattern again as gifts. Maybe I'll add some beads at the edges... hmmm.....
Last night I finished up the knitting on my Birch shawl. I still have some ends to weave in, and it has to be blocked, but the hard part is done. It really started flying at the end as the rows got shorter and shorter.
Now I only have one active project in my knitting bag. I've got to do something about that! Klaralund will be starting soon. I'm still waiting for my pattern book, but The Knitting Garden confirmed that it is now in stock, and was shipped out to me at the end of last week. Maybe I'll start swatching for that since I've heard some other Klaralunders have had some gauge issues. I also have the yarn for hush-hush from Knitty, that I've been wanting to make. And I've had some Fusion mohair for a while that is meant to be the cardi-or-not from the Winter 2003 Knitter's. I got the Fall Knitter's in the mail last week and it has a great ribbed raglan with a draw-string waist tie made from Karabella Aurora 8. I've never knit with that yarn, or even paid attention to it in any shops I've been in, but I've been reading a lot of great things about it on the blogs lately, specifically here, and somewhere else I can't find right now! I'm sensing stash enhancement soon! I also have yarn for the Rogue, Salt Peanuts, lots of socks, and I've got a load of Noro Cash Iroha to make this Shawl Collared Pullover.
I have the day off from work today, and as much as I'd like to spend the whole day curled up on the sofa with one of these many projects on my lap, I do have some actual work to do. I've neglected the flower beds around my house all summer, and now they are all grown up with weeds, so much so that some of the weeds look like shrubbery... not good. My dad said the other day that I ought to have bought a townhouse. Maybe... but I do like having the potential for planting things, and I think some summer I will really get into it. This just wasn't that summer. Anyway, the main task for the day is weeding and edging. I got a good start on it a couple of weekends ago, so hopefully what's left will go more quickly. It's gonna be a hot, miserable job, but I'm pleased with what I've done already. Guess I can't put it off any longer, so I'll get to it!