Saturday was the 2nd annual Red Line Yarn Crawl. I was absolved of puppy duty and got to leave early for the Knitter's Brunch at Gather Here. It was an amazingly good time. There was a very nice older lady from Germany at the shop with her daughter (who was translating). She had brought a ton of quilts and bags that she had made. They were lovely to look at.
I left that shop with a little bit of fabric for a pillow project. Let's just ignore that my cutwork project from last week isn't finished and the yarn I bought for the pillow project in February isn't done either. I definitely have more projects than time.
Now, I don't know why, but I never make it all the way out to Mind's Eye during the yarn crawl. I like to spend a few hours at each place and prefer to walk between as many locations as possible (I walked from Gather Here to Windsor Button on Saturday followed by walking from Stitch House to my friend's house near Ashmont).
At Windsor Button I put my plan into action. I wanted to buy yarn for 2 projects: the Albers Shawl and the Mitred Crosses Blanket. Both of these are huge and are fairly good for vacation or television knitting. I monopolized Ann Weaver's time like an annoying twinkish fan girl and bought some sock weight yarn for the blanket (because anything worth doing is worth overdoing) and some Manos lace weight for the shawl. I didn't buy all of the colors for the blanket, but I did earmark some good colors for the rest of the center squares. I am going with warm earth tones for the blanket and super brights for the shawl.
At Stitch House, I pulled out the Manos and found 2 colors to complement my selection. I have plenty of time to get the outermost color selected after all! I then wound the first skein of the Manos up and cast on my 140 stitches.
We'll ignore for the moment that on Monday I pulled it all out and started over again (I had my annual physical, which I'm so grateful to have had knitting for. I was there for over 2 hours).
The only flaw with working garter stitch on such large needles is that it is super easy to pick up the wrong loop and create a stitch that doesn't properly incorporate the stitch below. I had at least one mess that I decided to fix from that, and I'm hoping with a bit more care I won't have any others. Mistakes are always a bit more irritating in lace yarn.