I have made huge progress on my Celes shawl. Thanks to the audiobook "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins narrated by Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Judy Geeson.
I am enjoying the book so much! I have been suffereing from Downton Abbey withdraw and this book is totally filling that void. I don't think I would be enjoying it as much if I hadn't seen all the season of Downton Abbey. But since I have I can really picture what is going on in the book. If you are having Downton Abbey withdraw I highly recommend this read. My Celes shawl is a pattern that I have to look at the pattern the entire time I am working on it. So to have an audio book to listen to is fantastic. I was finding it difficult to watch TV or movies with this pattern since my eyes always have to be on the paper. I think one more night of knitting and I'll be blocking this!
For the times that I do want to watch TV I am working on my Coyote Trail. The pattern is by Romi and I just love it. I have started it before but I didn't love the colors I was using. I am much happier with these fun colors. I wish I could wear it to the wine festival this weekend, but I don't think that is going to happen. The yarn is by Fable Fibers and I purchased it at Chelsea Yarn.
In other fun knitting I have or am about to release one of my original patterns. It is a Starfish Hat. Or if you prefer a Sea Star Hat. It is a basic beanie hat, but the decrease is done in the way to create the look of a starfish.
I've made several of them, but have gifted them before I've had the chance to photograph them for clean up my notes so I could write up a proper pattern. The hat above I gifted to a friend of ours and I decided to get another one on the needles quick, write my notes and get it published as a free pattern on Ravelry. Because doesn't everyone need a Starfish hat? I think so.
Tiny and Rudee helped me out with pictures. Although the hat is slightly smaller than it should be for Tiny's head it still gives you the idea of the Starfish.
The Anzula Squishy yarn is a fingering weight yarn. It is 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon and 100% oh la la. It is even machine washable.
My super talented sister is saving my pattern as a PDF and I should have it posted on Ravelry today. I can't wait to see everyone's versions of it. Since I am posting it as a free pattern I didn't include gauges and many other sizes. I will however update it as I make new ones.
In movie news did you see the teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire??? I got chills from head to toe when I saw it. It is in theaters on my birthday. Guess what I'm doing on my Birthday :) I have been very excited about the release of this movie and I loved seeing all the handknits in the trailer! We are going to HAVE to do a Hunger Games Knit Along!!!
That gray sweater vest thing Katniss is wearing. I have to have one!