Completed Laurel Beret

This went up nice & quickly over the weekend. :-)

Completed Spiral Cowl

I’d picked the yarn for this up when I was in NYC. It’s baby alpaca, so it’s nice & warm…

Completed Girasol Circular Shawl

The Girasol pattern by Jared Flood was something I’d wanted to do for a long while, and it felt great to complete it. Grace and Hunter tried to claim it as soon asi I put it down to photograph it…

Lumpy Bumpy Cowl

I’d picked the yarn for this up when I was in NYC. One skein & a lot of fun made for a quick & easy cowl…

Self-striping Vacation Socks

I knit one sock while on vacation and then I finished the second one the week after I returned to Saint John. It’s just a basic sock pattern using KnitPicks self-striping Fellici merino sock yarn. I got most of the second sock done on the weekend of the 12th as mom came up for a “girls weekend” (consisting pretty much of knitting, window-shopping & watching chick flicks!)

NYC – Day 2

We got up early and picked up breakfast to go (from Pax whole foods) and walked down to Rockerfeller Center to wait in line to get standby tickets in the hopes that we could be in the audience for a taping of the Jimmy Fallon Late Night Show. Thank goodness I’d brought some knitting – it made the wait seem very short!

Waiting to get Standby Tickets to the Jimmy Fallon Show at Rockerfeller Center…

Started a pair of self-striping socks. Thought they’d be a great project while traveling.

At the Redeye Grill with Kizzy (photo courtesy of Kizzy)

After we got our standby tickets, we headed to Grand Central Station to check it out and then do some more shopping (where I found a great dress at Anne Klein!) and we stopped into Saks 5th Avenue where the ladies at the Lancome counter gave us free makeovers.

Grand Central Station

The Interior of Grand Central Station

We had enough time to stop back at the hotel and get changed before heading back to the Rockerfeller Center, where we stood in a further series of lines in order to get in to be part of the audience for the show. It was SO worth it. The show was great – and as an added bonus, Heart was the musical guest and they sang Barracuda! Also, Jimmy Fallon ran up and high-fived us, which was pretty cool.We decided to eat at the Redeye Grill where we were royally treated. The food was delicious, and the black current & cabernet sorbet was an amazing dessert!

At the Redeye Grill with Kizzy (photo courtesy of Kizzy)

Completed Audrey Cardigan

Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston was a very enjoyable pattern to knit, and this yarn was lovely to work with and has a wonderful drape. It was a bit of a rush to try to complete it before my vacation but managed to get it done with a few hours to spare. I would make this pattern again, but next time, I’d make it longer.

Audry in Unst Cardigan – in progress

It’s been a busy summer and I’ve really been enjoying working on this cardigan in between things. I hope to get it done before my autumn vacation. As many people on Ravelry have commented, it’s a well-written pattern that is easy and fun to follow. I’m impressed with how quickly it’s knitting up. The yarn that I’m using is delicious. It’s called Mosco by Schulana and it’s a rayon/mohair mix that’s actually super-soft.

Daybreak Shawl (for the office)

I finished this a few weeks ago and have gotten a lot of use out of it already, but I hadn’t gotten around to getting a photo of it. The pattern is called Daybreak and it’s by Stephen West. I made the large size but I knit loosely and ran out of gray yarn on the border, so I wound up with a narrower border than the pattern called for though I’m happy with it as it is. :-)

Reading, LEGO gaming, Marco Polo Auditions

I finally finished “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. What a great read. It was our book club pick from a couple of months ago and I had left things to late to read it before we met up. It’s worth picking up and reading – a well written story that was quite interesting and entertaining. It even made me laugh out loud a few times. I guess they are making a movie based on the book – starring Robert Pattison and Reese Witherspoon. I hope they do a good job of it.

I also picked up and read our latest book club pick, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larson. It took a bit to get into, with all of the Swedish names and places, but it turned out to be a real page-turner. I burned through it in a few short evenings and it’s a pretty sizable read. I guess they have made a movie about it that was released on DVD this week. I know they are also planning on filming another version of it starring Daniel Craig that’s set for release in 2012. I’ll likely watch both versions. Now if you’ve read this book, then I highly recommend checking out Nora Ephron’s hilarous spoof in The New Yorker:

I haven’t been knitting much lately. Instead, I got sucked into playing LEGO Harry Potter on the Xbox 360, among a variety of other games. As for what knitting I have been doing, I’ve ever so slowly been picking away at a variety of unfinished projects. Slowly but surely… tonight I did get a few rows of knitting done while I helped to facilitate the auditions for “Marco Polo – The Musical” (which will be at Harbour Station in October). I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well. Hopefully we’ll get a decent turnout despite the possibly rainy weather.