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Lotus – version I & II

May 30th, 2009 2 comments

There is the Lotus Blossom Shawl

Lotus

Lotus

complete with edging and bobbles.

details

details

I have to admit that blocking wires make all the difference in the world

Earlier this week I think I posted about a scarf variation of Lotus Blossom out of two balls of Regia Cotton Sock yarn on 4.00 needles with 48 stitches of pattern plus two stitches in garter at each edge.

almost two meters

almost two meters

It was an extremely fast knit, taking a bit of time over two days. With the lovely sunshine today, it was a perfect time to block and dry it in the sun.

the blossoms

the blossoms

the stem portion

the stem portion

Lotus Version II

Lotus Version II

It was completey dry by late afternoon. I am not pushing my luck and will leave it pinned for a couole of days, just in case.  I am going to do this one again, but with the blossoms on both ends next time…..

Audio

Good Omens -Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

on to Budapest

May 24th, 2009 2 comments

In the usual fashion of the cheap traveler, the shortest distance between Frankfurt and Budapest is via München. Yes, it takes longer. Yes, there is an additional take off and landing involved; but it saved almost 200€. I can buy a lot of yarn for 200€. For that matter, the savings are almost enough to pay this four day hotel bill.

This morning the DH dropped us (me en route to Budapest and the two (Ms Soprano and my college roomie) headed back to the States) off at the airport. Three passangers are cheaper by car as long as you have the kind, long suffering husband to do the drop off.

I didn’t bother with pictures either of or from Frankfurt. But München? Why not!

taking off from München

taking off from München

and then there is artistry

not exactly a crop circle

not exactly a crop circle

and smog, do not forget the smog. This is the clearest picture once we gained altitude. Ugly, huh?

yes, river and island

yes, river and island

The Corvin is an unpretentious hotel, not fancy (be warned, there is music on their website)

kind of Motel 6

kind of Motel 6

with apartment buildings

view from my balcony

view from my balcony

and a nice little terrace where I am headed as soon as I post this entry

suppose they serve....?

suppose they serve....?

Knitting

Thought you would appreciate this -

all but the edging....

all but the edging....

and my plane knitting project is Fiddlestick’s Lotus Blossom Shawl in a lovely sock weight merino I purchased this January at Imagiknits (San Francisco). Starting yesterday afternoon, I have made excellent progress. 3.75mm needles do feel huge.

through row 111

through row 111

stem detail

stem detail

The shawl is knit from the top down (usual three stitch start) combining one pattern for the stems and a second for the blossoms on the bottom of the stems.

Audio Books

First I listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell  Me….. before finishing Asimov’s Naked Sun. Then it was time to figure out what to hear next.

After listening to a few minutes of this and that – I settled for non-fiction. Pultizer Prize New York Times columnist Thomas L Friedman‘s Longitudes and Attitudes. This collection includes both selected column’s and diary records from the period shortly before and then after 11 Sept 2001. He is articulate and thought provoking even if you don’t subscribe to his politics.

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