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Yesterday I added a few more rows to my Aspen Grove Shawl and the “trunks” are beginning to take shape.  I’m finally getting into the hang of knitting this section.  I had a lot of trouble at first getting all of the yo’s in the right places.  And the sl2kwk1psso2’s were a real pain to tink properly when I had to go back. 

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Looking back over my blog and my projects for the last few months I have to ask the question, what is it with green?

In my Taos knitting group before I left we were asking that question, as many of us found ourselves working on green projects.

I am actually quite astounded to see how much I’ve been using green.  A number of the TIF projects have used green, although that’s not my fault, because Sharon picks the colors.

But I’ve made a green and pink shawl, a green scarf, green socks, more green socks, a green quilt top, a pink and green quilt top, and now this very green shawl.

On top of that I’ve put an area rug with green leaves in my living room, new green furniture in my bedroom, and I’m deciding on which green to paint the bedroom walls.

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One of my bathrooms is green, though, with no way of changing it, so that is sort of dictating some of my choices.  Green bathroom rugs were purchased to “blend” with the green tile.  I’m told all greens go together, so I’m going with that.  Plum and taupe are the other colors I’m using there. 

But green is really not one of my favorite colors, although I do find it very calming.  Yesterday I had to hold myself back from considering buying a set of green kitchen canisters I’ve been eyeing.  I don’t need green in my kitchen.  My accent color there is red.  Ooo!  My house is sounding kind of weird at this point, isn’t it?  

So what is it with green?  Is it because there’s a shortage of “green” with the price of gas and everything else going sky high?  Is it because we’re in a “Go Green” fad in North America these days, throwing out everything so we can go buy “green” to replace everything (that, incidentally was perfectly good, but not “green”) we’ve thrown out? No, I’m not doing that, I’ve just moved into a new (old) house and left most of my furnishings in my house in Taos. 

Or is it just that green’s been out for so long–remember 1950’s-60’s era avocado?–that it’s come back in again?

I don’t know, but I do have more green in my stash, so I think it’s here to stay– in my world, anyway–for a while.     

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I have completed the first section of my Aspen Grove Shawl — 82 rows — and am 6 rows into the second section — 55 rows.

You can now begin to see the structure of the shawl as it “fans out” in four wedges. 

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The pattern will, of course, be more distinct once it’s stretched and blocked.  Part of the fun of lace is the mystery while you’re knitting it of how it will look when finished. 

The first section is the “canopy” of the aspen grove, composed of all leaf motifs.  The next section is the “trunks” section, but you won’t be able to tell that until I get a little further into it.

This section should go much quicker because every other row is simply purled all the way across.  In the first section each row was composed of pattern stitches that had to be carefully watched and counted.

Off to Richmond today.  Too bad I’m going with a group of people, otherwise I’d make a quick stop into a yarn or quilt shop–or maybe both.

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I have been feeling quite creatively uninspired lately.  With the heat and humidity, the moving and unpacking, and the new job, pretty much all of my creativity has gone into planning worship, writing sermons, and thinking about visioning for the church.

But last night I got a good shot of creative inspiration that may be enough to get me motivated to get my workroom in order and get busy.

I visited a meeting of the Meherrin Piecemakers Quilt Guild and had a wonderful time.  This group is relatively small, about 20 members, but are they ever busy.  It was hard to keep track of all the things they’re doing, but two things that really caught my attention are the work they do to make quilts for the Family Violence Prevention Program ,and the Quilt Show they put on for the annual Virginia Peanut Festival

They’ll be showing and then collecting lap-size quilts for victims of abuse, many of whom are children, at their September 27-28 show during the Peanut Festival which will also include vintage quilts, “first” quilts, and many other quilts as well as items for sale. 

I now have a use for and reason to get busy quilting the Shoo-Fly-Away quilt top I made a couple of months ago.  It will be a great quilt to give away to someone who can use the comfort a quilt can provide.

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The really fun parts of the guild meeting are Show and Tell and demonstrations.  So many beautiful quilts and smaller objects were shown.  I left all my quilts in Taos, so I only had my Bow Tucks bag and one of my fabric journals to show, but another person in the group had also made a Bow Tucks bag and it was fun to see how different they look in different fabrics.

The demonstration by Debbie was on Stack and Wack quilts which I had heard of but never done.  There’ll be a full day workshop on August 2 and I’m planning to go. 

This morning I pulled out some of my Zimbabwean fabrics that I got in Mozambique and picked this one out to try.  The technique calls for distinct, brightly colored, repeating prints.  I think this one might work nicely, but I can’t pass up an opportunity to do a fabric purchase, so I’m going to take a look at a fabric store today, also.

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I am continuing to make slow progress on my Aspen Grove Shawl, although it doesn’t really look like it.  I have about 11 more rows to complete on the first section.  I’m still enjoying working on it, but am ready to start into that next section.

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It’s great to be thinking creatively again.

Oh, I forgot to mention.  A real surprise last night was another first-time visitor to the guild.  My friend Kay, whom I’ve been corresponding with via Ravelry and my blog visited also.  She’s not a quilter, yet, but wants to be.  We’re very close to getting our knitting group started.  What fun to finally meet her and learn that she’s interested in quilting, too! 

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I blocked my sage green alpaca lace Branching Out scarf last night and discovered two mistakes.  One is a dropped stitch in a leaf motif; the other is a mis-stitched leaf.  I think I can go in and do a fix on both that won’t be too noticeable, but this points out the perils of distractions while knitting, especially lace.

This pattern is supposed to be easy lace, but I found that the last two rows of the pattern stitch were complicated enough that the slightest distraction could throw them off.  Knitting this during our cross-country move was knitting in the depth of distraction.

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That said, my purpose for knitting this pattern was to try it out to see if it might be a good pattern for a clergy stole.  I took a self-picture that didn’t turn out too great, but I think it shows that it’s a definite possibility.  The color is majorly off in this picture, but I took it to show how nicely it hangs.

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I’m thinking some nice linen. Silk could be good, too.  It would just need to be made about three times as long.  Green, of course would be the natural choice for the season after Pentecost with this leaf pattern (“I am the vine, you are the branches….”), but I could see it in other liturgical colors, too.  A nice hand-painted yarn in reds, yellows, and oranges could be quite stunning for Pentecost and give the appearance of tongues of fire.  This pattern definitely looks nice on top of white and would stand out well on my white robe. 

Not that I need any more clergy stoles…..

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I’ve finally started on my Aspen Grove Shawl that I’m doing for the

Seasons of Lace summer knit along.

I’m using a 50% merino wool, 50% silk lace weight yarn from

Wooly Wonka Fibers.

I really like this yarn.  The color shading is lovely and it’s working up quite nicely so far.

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Tomorrow we finish our move and I’m not sure what the internet service situation is, so I may be offline for a few days, especially since Friday is a holiday.

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