Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Back From Monhegan

Picture this - gorgeous sunshine, warm, waves crashing on the shore, 17 knitters on the lawn, M&M's to munch on. What more could one wish for? Hurricane Hanna went through during the first night about midnight with 45 knot winds and pouring rain. I slept through it all! The flag pole on the lawn didn't fare too well and was gone when we walked up to the dining hall for breakfast. But the weather cleared and was beautiful and sunny for the rest of the stay. The whole group vows to return next year. Surf from the hurricane was spectacular, and the sunsets were glorious! We shared the Trailing Yew with a group of artists on retreat with an art teacher. They said we were having much more fun! Cousin Jean and I are ready to make our reservations on Jan.2 for next Sept.

Bressay is progressing very nicely, body finished, neckline done and one sleeve half done. It's a very easy knit. One more bag out of the stash closet! Already planning the next in the line - something with cables - either a cardigan in beige and white or a pullover in blue. That is unless something else catches my eye.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Bressay Jumper

She's on the needles and progressing nicely. The Bressay Jumper from Ann Feitelson's "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting". I'm off to a knitting retreat on Monhegan Island, a small island off the coast of Rockland, Maine, and this was to be the project I started there. As usual, I couldn't wait and once cast on could not put it down, but there should be plenty left to knit by Friday. No electricity in the buildings so will be working by headlamp in the evenings - may be more talking and sipping than knitting - and out in the sunshine during the day ( we hope ). Hurricane Hanna can just go the other way! I'm enjoying this knit ( what's not to enjoy?), directions are very easy to follow and it is going to be the perfect size. I'm using J&S Shetland on 2.75 and 3.25mm needles. Have changed the colors from Turquoise/Sand to a beautiful Sky Blue/White and really like it. The ribbing is not really ribbing at all - it's mostly knit with purl stitches in every other row.