Secret identity revealed

In my last post I mentioned that I was knitting a top secret project for a birthday present.  Well, today is the birthday, but the present is nowhere near done.  Alas, such is the life of a busy woman!  SInce there is no longer any reason to protect it’s secret identity, I give you a progress shot:

20131214091908I imagine that many of you will recognize this immediately.  For the rest of us, suffice it to say that this is the inscription written on the Ring – yes, THAT ring – from The Lord of the RIngs.  Or, at least it will be when I finish knitting the first line of text.  I was about to launch into a linguistic description of the langauge and script, and realized that anything I wrote would be instantly corrected by thousands of Tolkien fans (my daughter, Leah, Tolkien fan and birthday girl, chief among them).  I will get Leah to brief me, and then I will report back to you, armed with the facts.

The writing is a pain in the you-know-where to knit, but beautiful to behold.  Here is a close-up:

20131214092011Once it’s been properly washed, blocked and steamed, it will be stunning!  (Or so I hope!)

The three weeks before we hopped on a plane to Vancouver were among the most stressful I can remember in a long time.  Not the kind of stressful that comes from bad things happening, but rather the kind of stressful that comes from too many things happening, deadlines to meet, too little sleep, and nerves.  Enough so, that when I finally got onto the plane, I burst into tears.  (We flew here on Wednesday, a day that was so foggy at Heathrow that planes were being cancelled left, right and centre.  I was so relieved to actually take off and leave some of the craziness behind.  My apologies to my fellow passengers who no doubt thought I was a crazy woman.)

Now, however, I have three weeks in Vancouver where I can spend time with the girls, knit, hang out with Doug’s family, knit, write a blog post or three, knit, maybe even get some knitting done.  And, oh, did I mention the paper in Managing Process Systems I have to write next week?

And, of course, let’s not forget the Imminent Steek:

20131214092040If you want to know what this project will turn into when it grows up, check back soon for a progress update!

9 thoughts on “Secret identity revealed

  1. Nice to hear from you; I wondered just how crazy life was/has been. And, I do so want to know what this will be when it grows up. Did you do the charting yourself?

    • Hi Susan, I must admit that things got pretty crazy for awhile. It is nice to have some time to de-lax. I didn’t chart this myself; I used a chart provided for free by Diana Stafford. I have linked to it in the next post. Thanks for asking.

  2. Congratulations on getting through the craziness and hopefully getting some relaxation time. Although with a paper deadline looming …. Love reading your blog.
    Happy Holidays from a fellow Canadian from Ontario.

  3. Well, you certainly don’t do things half-way, do you?

    Just thinking about the chart for your “secret” gives me the heebie jeebies! That alone would have made me burst into tears! What kind of wool are you using? It’s hard to tell from the photos, but is it a wool/cotton blend? If so, I’d be machine-steeking that baby!

    Enjoy your stay in Vancouver with Emma and Leah, and have a wonderful Vancouver Christmas!

    Maybe you’ll get to visit Sweet Georgia this time?! There’s so much to see and do in Vancouver, it boggles the mind!

    • Hi Ann, I put up the wool info in the next post (its Quince and Co and 100% wool). I wish I could machine steek it, but I’m having trouble locating a sewing machine. It snowed here yesterday; Vancouver is so beautiful in the snow. Enjoy Christmas with your new puppy!

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