Ravelry Link Juno Teleia
Pattern: Juno Regina Stole and Wrap
Yarn: Knit Picks Shimmer Hand Dyed Lace Yarn in Galaxy
Needles: Size 4 straights
Size: Larger size
Amount of yarn used: Just over two and a half skeins
Source of Yarn: Present from in-laws.
Modifications: I made the center section as long as I could bear, basically.
I really, really like it.
Do you notice anything missing in this picture of Juno?
It’s off the needles! I finished the point and cast off today. It’s in the washing machine now, and I hope to block it this afternoon. Then I just need to weave in the ends, and it should be done!
Since last week, I’ve been trying to get two rows in each day on Juno. I’m currently on row 9, so you can see how well that went.
The problem with this is that the pattern is really starting to come through. I’ve been starting to blog about it a couple of times and just keep thinking “Oh, I should wait a little longer.”
I’d planned on doing a lot of work on it on last Saturday, when we drove in to Massachusetts to visit a college friend. Unfortunately, I forgot the bag in the apartment. Fortunately, I ran back and got it. Unfortunately, I forgot the pattern and didn’t have the charts saved on my phone. Fortunately, I had my current sock in my bag and was able to get a lot done on that.
Teaching at my new school will be starting soon. I’ve got a really nice schedule, but I’m teaching some completely new age groups. It should be exciting, at least.
On Monday, I went on a roadtrip to return a library book and drink good coffee.
On the way, I finally (more or less) finished the central portion of Juno Regina, making a good outing even better. (Yes, I had to stretch and align and squint funny, but it was pretty close.)
Bad picture for proof:
(It’s surprisingly difficult to get the entire span in.)
Last night, I started on the second end. I’ve got it lined up (and two extra stitches sorted out) and am ready to keep moving ahead.
I’ve also (as part of my birthday festivities) dyed part of my hair purple. Purple over brown hair does tend to look like some of the deeper colors in the shawl.
I finished the knitting on my current pair of socks last night and cast on for a new pair. This means I’ve completed seven projects so far this year. Maybe I’ll even get Juno finished by the end of August!
Juno Regina bad news:
I found an unintentional shortrow two rows back. Ripping.
Juno Regina good news:
I realized that this is knit on size four needles, and so was able to unknit onto my luscious Signature needles.
There was more passenging this past week, so I was able to get a chunk more of Juno done:
I’m up to 57″ now, so it’s just 9″ more until the pattern starts again. It looks like I managed to do that in about a month, so maybe I’ll actually be able to get to the pattern this summer. Wednesday will be the shawl’s third birthday, but I don’t think I’ll have finished it by then.
Saturday was a superlative food day. We started out with Thesis Muffins (no frosting and melting the butter instead of creaming it). Right before lunch, we picked up our CSA (kale, garlic, beets, greens, lettuce, cilantro, broccoli, and eggs from chickens that were wandering the parking lot). Lunch was the second best banh mi I’ve ever had (and so close to the CSA pickup!). Dinner was fish tacos (the best fish we’ve had in at least a year) from a mashup of two recipes (we sous vided the fish and then warmed it with a marinade of olive oil, lime juice, adobo, and a few other things I forget). Dessert was strawberries I’d bought at the farmers’ market on Thursday with freshly whipped cream.
I got to see the Transit of Venus again on Tuesday. Because it was cloudy, there weren’t very many people at the observatory. (This picture is of a projection; Venus is the small dot at the top, and the freckles are sunspots. The telescope was also hooked up to a VCR; this was the first time I’d seen a VCR in operation since 2007.)
In knitting news, I couldn’t work any more on Juno Regina because the yarn had gotten so tangled.
My eighth grade homeroom teacher (who had also been my seventh grade art teacher) used to tell us that, in her cultural heritage, a bride-elect had to sit down with her prospective mother-in-law and untangle a skein of thread, never swearing or cutting the thread.
I ended up watching A Scandal in Belgravia and trying to untangle it. I didn’t swear or cut the yarn, but I did break it in a few places. (It had felted to itself a little.)
I am still knitting; it’s just at a point where working on Juno Regina doesn’t show much visible progress. Forty-seven inches (the current length) just doesn’t look that different from 46 or 40.