So, thanks to the wonder of Ravelry, another knitter saved my hide in being able to finish the second Ranunculus. This one is done in Shirakaba by Noro (worsted weight - 42% Silk, 40% Cotton and 18% Wool). It is a discontinued yarn and I ran out of the ones from my stash only a few centimeters from finishing.
I absolutely LOVED it when I tried it on UNBLOCKED. But, after blocking, it was just too floppy, slide-y off my shoulders. It got on my last nerve after wearing it all one day! So, I did something I've never done with one of my good knits... I put it in the washing machine... eco-warm, handwash setting.
The, I put it in the dryer on a delicate setting. This is just as it came out of the dryer. Sucked back into shape and fitting like I wanted it to (the mannequin photos are post washing machine). HOWEVER, this experience has me slightly stalled from starting number 3. I want to do it in Madelinetosh Light... and I'm debating dropping a needle size or two. The verdict is still out.
Speaking of first times! This little guy jumped off the DEEP END for his first time while staying with us last weekend! Oh, how he practiced and practiced in the shallow end wanting to be like his big brother who was jumping off the diving board on the other end.
I was afraid he might wear himself out getting ready! But, you can see by this face, he was sooooo proud to have made the jump! We are proud of you, too, Roo!
Nothing like the feeling of facing your fears and overcoming!
And, it doesn't hurt to be cheered on by your big brother. Plus, the joy of knowing you can jump in the deep end... just like him. ;) Oh, summer fun!
In a rush dashing out the door Saturday NEEDING something to do with my hands... I grabbed a skein of Noro, a crochet hook and a stitch book. I'm loving the look of this spike stitch and I think I see a vest in the making!
Meanwhile, fall is moving ever closer... all the Littles except Miss B start back to school this week and she starts next Monday! How can this summer have passed so fast??
We thank you for your prayers for Johnny... they are deeply appreciated.
Here's to having the courage to jump into our own deep ends... whatever they may be.
blessings ~ tanna