Blessed, welcome rain! You can tell you're a dyed-in-the wool Pacific Northwesterner when you're actually glad to see the sun go away for awhile. Especially when the temps have been in the upper 80's.
About a year ago I received a bonus at work and used it to purchase a swift and yarn winder. They have more than paid for themselves in time and frustration. Sunday afternoon it took me about half an hour to turn this:
All of which should give you a hint at (drum roll please!) the coveted "Dorothy's Next Project Award", which goes to: St. Enda, by Alice Starmore. The link takes you to the inimitable Wendy's interpretation. I believe she has made at least two of these. And lookie - I may not be as fast as Wendy, but I've completed two repeats of the pattern:
I would like to thank the Academy and everyone who sent suggestions on what I should do. I got links to some wonderful projects, all of which shall be put in my "Future Projects" file. I also found that I was not alone in my angst. I did some minor soul searching over this whole thing (don't want to make a huge deal of this - it's not world peace, after all) to try and discover why this was such a big deal. I realized that there are times in my life when a project really does have to be a big deal. Quick socks, purses or scarves just won't hack it. I need something to capture my attention and "speak" to me. My Shetland lace shawl that I designed myself did that, as did Rogue, Aranmor and Tilt. Perhaps they come at times in my life when either too much is going on, or not enough. Who knows - it probably doesn't do to over analyze this whole thing.
Anyway, this project fills the bill on many levels. First of all, it's from my favorite designer - Alice Starmore. I love most everything she's designed and have made four so far (I really should get some more pictures in my FO album). I was fortunate enough several years ago to take a class with her and found her to be an wonderful teacher. I hear she doesn't travel much anymore, so I may never get the opportunity again. Secondly, it's complex enough to be interesting, but not so complex that I have to keep referring to the chart. I've got the pattern memorized already. Thirdly, it's yarn from my stash! Now, I don't have the extensive stashes some out there have - mostly odds and ends. But I had completely forgotten about the 10 balls of Cascade 220 that I bought when our LYS went out of business several years ago. This was a shop that mostly carried acrylics and novelty yarns, but down in a bin I found this unopened package. At the time I really didn't know what a treasure I was buying - only that it was 100% wool. Since then, I have made several projects from the Cascade and it is hands down my favorite worsted weight wool.
Of course, when my Lily of the Valley stole pattern arrives from Fiddlesticks I will probably cast on for that right away. I have the attention span of a gnat! But for now I am blissfully knitting away on St. Enda (Who was he or she anyway? Gotta look that up.) and the blahs are postponed for another day.
On the school front I am working away at my Sociology of Aging class. This one has proven to suprisingly upbeat. The outlook for seniors is better than it has been in decades. Retirement has certainly seemed to be a positive thing for my husband! Our next assignment, however, is on Death and Dying and as part of that we have to write our own obituary. That should prove sobering!