Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Countdown Begins

There is a first for everything.

I actually started and finished something without getting distracted by the lure of a) new yarn or b) another project. The only interruptions were work, sleep and Elvis, whom I have just discovered loves yarn.

Kneady kittyI'd been knitting all day Saturday, leaving only occasionally for water, food and bio breaks. Normally, Elvis and Rocky are ensconced in the guest room but it was their turn for a bit of a run around the place. I put down my raspberry shoulder shrug for 2 minutes and when I returned I found one tuxedo kitty furiously kneading the ball of alpaca, then the knitting itself. Ah, these digital moments.

So I shoo him away and resume knitting until midnight, finishing just a few moments ago. It's awfully pretty and may also be practical when all I need is a bit of a warm-up, unencumbered by sleeves.

coral raspberry shoulder warmer
2 hanks, Catalina 100% Chunky Baby Alpaca (Queen of the Prairie)
1 ball, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (603 - Dusty Rose)
Size 10.5 US circular needles

The pattern is a modification of that provided by Catalina Yarns. I knit 7 inches of ribbing before the split for the neck and added the yoke detail of bi-color knitting and paired k2tog / ssk decreases for some shoulder shaping. You may recognize the decorative closure as one of the Moving Mud designs.

Still, none of this explains the title of this post. I'm counting down the number of "must finish" items before I'll be out of commission for a bit. I'm having spinal surgery on 9/11 and I still have a baby sweater and camisole to finish. Wish me luck!


Blogger Terri said...

Your shrug is beautiful!!! You are a very talented knitter. Your kitty must be good at blocking.

Happy knitting!

8/27/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

How very pretty. Good luck getting ready for the surgery. John and I have dealt with that this summer and I can totally relate to the "getting prepared" part. I hope it's nothing too major.

8/27/2006 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I love the shrug! So pretty!

Pumpkin does the push push dance with all my wool, virgin or knitted.

I'll be with you in spirit on 9/11 and you MUST recouperate quickly and unevently cause my birthday is a week later and I need my friend to help me celebrate!!

8/27/2006 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Much luck on finishing, but especially on the surgery! Take good care, and we'll see you when it's all over but the shouting!

8/28/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

I like that shoulder hugger. The best of luck for your surgery and I hope you'll heal fast and easy.

8/28/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

What a cute shrug! Love the button close too. Definitely will be checking out Moving Mud.

8/28/2006 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

The shrug looks great & the Moving Mud closure is perfect with it!

8/28/2006 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger lv2knit said...

Here's wishing you luck!! Also, that shrug is WAY sexy -- and perfect for you with your hour glass figure. My sand never looked good enough for this fashion and has not improved over time! I love the Moving Mud shawl pins and my need to find me one of those...

8/30/2006 07:09:00 AM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

that little wrap number is scruptious! so delightful!

I am loving that little Mud touch!

8/30/2006 07:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Your shrug is absolutely gorgeous, what a great job you did with it! Congrats! And I so love that pic of your kitty!

8/31/2006 04:35:00 AM  
Blogger tanti said...

Hi, that's very sweet color you using for the shrug.. lovely button too :)
Wishing you lots of luck for your surgery too.

8/31/2006 09:49:00 AM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

Hey Karen, I'm taking credit for sending you to the Catalina booth at Stitches Midwest!

Your new shrug is beautiful and I'm wishing you all the best with your health. :)

8/31/2006 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger lu said...

well hello there!

i almost lost all hope that i would find your misplaced card from that great capuccino in amsterdam on queen's day in april, but this morning i finally located it (in a spot i probably thought was a good place to put something i did not want to loose...) and am very impressed with the shrug, stunning colour!

i am already craving the feeling of a nice pair of 7mm needles and some gorgeous yarn between my fingers. but not until i finish my thesis... but it is almost there.

i hope you are keeping well south of the border.


9/01/2006 03:15:00 AM  
Blogger Lynette said...

your shrug is so cute. love it! i'll say a prayer for your successful surgery. ;)

9/04/2006 07:59:00 PM  

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