Finished: Ballband Dishcloth

Poor neglected Ballband! It’s finally finished! Isn’t that often the case? The project that’s the easiest and most straightforward gets neglected the most.

Twist & Lace is going at a decent rate and probably gets the most attention because it’s one of those “just let me finish this set (of reps) and then I’ll put it down” and “I’ll just do one more set”. Besides, it’s a project that demands good moderate attention and one that I work on when I just don’t have the concentration for Bird’s Eye.

Worked-up from its narrowest point, Bird’s Eye gets broader and slower, and it now takes about 20-minutes to finish one row, and with interruptions, I’m lucky if I get two rows done per day. Add to that the occasional mysterious mistake that I discover on the next row, which then necessitates undoing the current row to fix the mistake; that’s lace knitting. I do so enjoy the beauty of the fabric that the project produces and there’s something very satisfying about producing those o-shapes or bird’s eyes. Even though I am knitting them, the design of the o-shapes is a mystery to me. How would anyone come-up with the concept of creating them?

What can I say?

Ballband wants to be done already. It’s almost done, but I have too many projects to do, and too little time!

Twist and Lace
scarf is coming along, despite a rough start that involved frogging it twice due to some confusion with the pattern on my part. I am enjoying Twist and Lace as an alternative to the slow pace of the Bird’s Eye shawl:

Bird’s Eye might be slow, but it’s a pleasure to knit and it’s so light and delicate. I look forward to the final shawl, in about 2 years from now.

Husband returned home from a brief trip (without me, again) to Las Vegas for a conference yesterday bearing gifts: I have become a fan of Acca Kappa’s lip balm and I’ve only found it in the Acca Kappa store in the Grand Canal Shoppes in The Venetian in Las Vegas.

And, of course, the soaps and shampoos from Gilchrist & Soames for Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, are nice extras to have.

By the way, the brass monkey in the photos is how I look in the morning, according to my husband. You’d look like that too, if your best night’s sleep involved wearing 30-decible ear plugs to block-out your bed-mate’s snoring. 😉