Calliope

According to Ravelry this has actually been off the needles since October 15, but it’s been hard to schedule a photo shoot in the daylight with my photographer (Ryan.) We did manage to find a not-rainy day last week, so, without further ado, I present to you Calliope’s Odyssey by Romi Hill.

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This was mostly extremely fun to knit. I say mostly, because I actually hated the two-color part. The two color part is done with slipped stitches so that you don’t actually have to carry both colors across a row. This is nice, except you sometimes are slipping 5 stitches which makes it very difficult to keep good tension. Especially on the purl side. And especially when you have to take into account the stretch  that will occur during blocking. Luckily there are only 32 rows of the two-color section and the rest of the shawl is an absolute delight.
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I used Sincere Sheep‘s fingering weight yarn called Agleam. It’s 50% merino wool 50% tencel and 100% awesome. I would happily make many more shawls from this yarn. The tencel gives it a sheen and drape that is to die for. The merino means that its very warm even though it’s light weight. The colors I used were Sakura and Winter’s Night.
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In looking at pictures on Ravelry, I decided that I tended to like the projects of people who used their lighter color for the lace on the bottom and the darker color on top. I decided to do mine that way. Plenty of people have made theirs with the lighter color flowing into a darker border. To each her own. I may have also been influence by the fact that I look horrible with pale pink next to my face, so if I wanted to use it, it had to be down on the border.
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This was the knit-a-long project at For Yarn’s Sake for September. The fact that I finished by mid-October is actually very impressive for me. I still have the original knit-a-long project from May 2011 on my needles somewhere. Don’t judge.

Ouch

Yesterday I fell… twice. It was pretty public and embarrassing. It probably also hurt, but at the time I didn’t notice any pain because I was too busy wishing the earth would swallow me whole. It didn’t and I had to stand up and go on with my life.

This morning though, the pain kicked in with a vengeance. I was woken up much too early by a throbbing leg. I consulted with my dad who is a life-time runner and coached track and cross country for many years (and therefore has experience every kind of leg injury known to man.) I described the falls (dear god why did there have to be two!) and he’s pretty certain that it’s a “high ankle sprain.” He tells me these are slower to heal that your run-of-the-mill ankle sprain. Joy.

Frustratingly, as with most minor muscle, ligament, tendon injuries the “treatment” is rest, ice, compression, and elevation (I think I was born knowing about RICE treatments… so common were they in our house growing up.) I don’t have an ace bandage (dad would be appalled) and I definitely don’t feel like limping out to get one, so today has been all about RIE.

The only upside has been the knitting. The LYS I work at has been featuring Calliope’s Odyssey as the September knit-a-long and I’ve been loving it!  After today I’m through 4 of the 9 repeats of chart B. After chart B comes the fun colorwork section.

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Of course unblocked and scrunched up on my needles it’s not looking like much, but I assure you it will be amazing once finished. The yarn I’m using is a 50% merino 50% tencel blend called Agleam by Sincere Sheep  and I’m loving how crisp and shiny my stitches look.
No laughing if you see me hobbling around in the next few days.