Good Help Is Hard to Find

7 Year Olds Take Interesting Photos

One of the women I knit with is fond of saying, “Good help is hard to find.”  Generally she says this while working at the yarn store when she can’t get the cash register to work the way she wants.  Mostly, I think she says this because she’s a naturally humble person with a great sense of humor.  She’s one of the best knitters I know and I’d like to be just like her some day. 

This same knitter has made two of the Sideways Shawlettes in the time it’s taken me to do one.  It’s not because it was hard, but because the fringe was boring me to tears.  I finally finished this at a scrapbooking retreat I was at this past weekend.  Yes, it was a scrapbooking retreat.  Yes, I mostly knit.  It’s what I do. 

Modelling is Hard Work

But back to the shawlette.  I had decided this particular shawl needed a bit of bling.  So I bought some beads to put along the fringe.  The shawl travelled with me to Sock Summit, to Chicago, to my parent’s house, and finally to the retreat.  To be honest, I only worked on the shawl fringe at Sock Summit and at the retreat.  The fringe was just that boring. 

As for the crazy pictures, well that’s where the good help comes in.  My model is my 7 year old daughter who was less than enthused about helping out unless she was able to use my shawl to be an “old west bad guy.” 

Bad Bart Robs the Bank

(check out the very determined walk that Lily is doing in the background!)

Pattern Details:
Yarn:  Claudia Handpainted Silk, held double. 
Needles:  Probably a 7… I really don’t remember since it’s been partially half done since about May.  Yes, I’m hanging my head in shame over that one! 
Mods:  None, except I think I made an unintentional one in that my points of the shawl didn’t quite come out evenly.  The good news is that I don’t believe anyone will ever notice while it’s being worn.  I’m choosing to call it a “design element” and move on. 

What’s New?

What’s new?  Well, besides the new job, a few finished pieces and a yarn stash that seems to grow all by itself, not a lot I guess.   I don’t pretend to think that I’m any busier than any other mom.  Life just gets hectic once in awhile.  And sometimes that hectic lifestyle doesn’t leave a ton of room for knitting.  Even for a Knitter with a capital K. 
The stash, however, seems to have taken on a life of its own.  It just seems to grow, not quite exponentially, but more in fits and starts.  I was lucky enough to have been gifted with a few skeins of yarn for my birthday.  Since I was alone with the girls for my birthday (my husband was out west hunting) I decided to gift myself some handspun yarn from Knitting My Way Home. She’s got her yarn in a shop just a little ways from where my in-laws live.  I think I’m going to make a cowl for myself out of the yarn. 
Knitting My Way Home
 I also did a bit of stash enhancement for the hexigon baby blanket I am making.  I decided a little more handspun is a wonderful thing.  This is the Indian Corn colorway.  We found out that the baby in question is a boy, so I will have to rethink some of the colors and the flower layout.  Luckily the Daddy is not afraid of bold bright colors so I can use a lot of what I’ve already knit. 
Knit Whits Mini Skeins

 These little mini skeins from Knit Whits also showed up in my mailbox.  I tried telling my husband that I had no idea how they had gotten there.  I couldn’t quite keep a straight face though.  Honestly, these little mini skeins are a little addictive.  They’re so tiny and cute!  I may have found even more sources of mini skeins at Stitches Midwest.  They’re like cupcakes, cute and perfect for those instant gratification projects like baby hats.  At approximately 90 yds. each they’re great for baby socks and hats. 

Knitting My Way Home

Speaking of addiction, I may be addicted to other people’s handspun.  Mine just tends to sit around and look somewhat pretty, but I love knitting with other people’s.  Plus, the customer service of Knitting My Way Home is amazing.  I sent Sharon a message asking for small yardages of fingering weight yarn.  She emailed me back pictures and I had the yarn in my hot little hands before the week was out.  The US Post Office certainly did their job winging it to me quickly, but Sharon had the yarn in the mail the same day I paid for it.  Not only is Sharon a great person, but she’s got two adorable young girls as well who I think will grow up to be crafters in their own right. 

I feel it’s important to note that neither Sharon nor her company, Knitting My Way Home, paid me for the testimonial.  She’s just that good.