Windsor Button winding down...
First, I have been volunteering at Windsor Button, working for yarn and for the stories that are shared by those patronizing the shop as it moves nearer to its final chapter. The task has been humbling, here I thought I knew the shop so well. Imagine the nooks and crannies I have had time to restock? I have been feeling sad and a bit despondent about the shop closing. Basically, the synopsis is this, the owners lost their lease and have been unable to find any retail space that would make it viable to relocate. (More info on the closing of the shop here, here and here.)
|Windsor Button, Temple Place, Downtown Boston.|
I worked Thursday, Friday afternoons, and all day yesterday. I got my cardio with all the pacing and stairs, but you will not find complaints coming from me, aside from how my feet were aching. Here is a view of the yarn I chose as pay for the days worked. (I did pay for two of the Madelinetosh skeins).
|Madelinetosh Dk in Glazed Pecan, two skeins|
|Madelinetosh DK in Grendadine, three skeins|
|Malabrigo Silky Blend, three skeins|
|Cascade Sock yarn, three skeins|
|Classic Elite Yarn, Woodland|
Another activity that has inspired and heated up my thinking of projects is a package from my Project Stash swap partner, Jen, aka FlyingJen on Ravelry. The task we accepted as members of the swap was to find some stash yarn, wrap a small gift or token item and then coil the yarn around it. Once the knitting is done, you get to unwrap your prize. Jen sent me two balls and I am trying to use them together in one project. I wonder which ball contains the prize? I am resisting the urge to unwind now and see what is inside.
|Garter stitch scarf with yarn from FlyingJen|
|The second skein in the swap box from FlyingJen. A hat maybe??|
The other source of inspiration I'd like to share is an opportunity to download the Wholehearted Shawl, a super pattern, for free. I have made three Wholehearted Shawls (one, two, three), and as you may know, the best gifts to give are the ones that are the hardest to let go of, each of these shawls graces the shoulders of a sister or "sister in law to be".
Erika Flory, the designer, is offering the $6.00 pattern download for free as a way to celebrate a year of good health after undergoing surgery. I discovered this while sleuthing around the Top Twenty patterns on Ravelry this morning. I was gifted this pattern by my friend Evelyn of the blog Project Stash last summer.
If you aren't a fan of shawls... yet... let me tempt you. There is a speedy setup, and the initial rows grow quickly, the garter stitch section doesn't require too much focus. When the garter stitch gets to be a tad boring, the section of textured stitches pop up and relieve the ennui. The bind off technique was new to me when I made my first Wholehearted. To be honest, I was convinced I would mess it up and would have to tink back to start again. I am here to tell you that learning to do the picot bind off will be gratifying and may inspire you to use it again on another project. It is not difficult, but worth the effort.