Monday, September 28, 2009

Forest Glen Shrug

This is the latest knitting project I've finished inspired by Jane Thornley's Autumn Grasses Cardigan. My fabrics don't always turn out like patterns, as I enjoy letting the fabric dictate the style in which it would look best based on the finished size of my fabric, drape and to what looks best on my body.

When it was time to do armhole shaping, I increased rapidly rather than decreasing slowly as the pattern indicated, until I had a good width. I then placed the fabric on a lifeline and held the fabric up to my torso to see what would look best on me; a shrug was the answer. The increases provided a nice cap sleeve. I folded it in half and joined the sides for the length of the increases. Then, I double-crocheted around the perimiter with Manos handspun and single-crocheted around the armhole openings. The shrug was finished with 8 mm beads. I look forward to wearing this soon.

Forest Glen Shrug - Back

Forest Glen Shrug - Detail of Back Collar

Forest Glen Shrug - Detail of Back Edge

Forest Glen Shrug - Detail of Front Collar

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Forest Glen Cardigan

This is the cardigan I am knitting for the soon-to-take-place knitalong with Jane Thornley's group on Ravelry, the Autumn Grasses Caped Cardigan. Golden colors, as much as I love them, wreak havoc with my complexion so, I am knitting in mostly blacks, grays and browns with touches of green including a golden green. I look forward to seeing how this is going to turn out.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

R & R

Now that Don is retired, we occasionally take mini trips on one of the tour bikes. We just returned from an overnight trip to St. Francisville, LA for some R & R.

Our first stop was in Natchez, MS where we ate at Fat Mama's Tamales. We have enjoyed sitting on their patio and eating tamales over the years. Natchez is at the southern end of the Natchez Trace and a good short ride for us.

Love their "shingle."

Yellow dog with a crank shaft tail.

I couldn't resist bringing Dilly home. He brings a smile to our face and memories of Fat Mama's.

Rosalie, one of Natchez's many antebellum homes pictured here is across the road.

Back on the bike, we rode to St. Francisville and had a wonderful dinner out at the Ox Bow. The next morning, we toured Rosedown Plantation. We had a nice, private tour of the inside of the home but could not take pictures inside due to not being able to use the flash. Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable about the family and the time in which the house was built. The grounds were just as beautiful; these are only a few of the pictures we took. Over the years, many trees have been lost and last year during Hurricane Gustaff, the plantation closed for 6 weeks due to the number of trees and limbs down. Since we had never been there before, it was hard to imagine that there had ever been more trees.

Front of Rosedown Plantation home/


From upstairs porch

This picture will be my inspiration for a sweater I am knitting.

The only live oak of which we could get the whole tree in the lens!

Looking forward to the next road trip.