Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Finding the Pattern

Finally finding the pattern in the vines of the lace. It's pretty simple really...I'm enjoying that once I know the basic pattern, it's merely a question of 'where do I start it?' I went to a meeting a week ago, and the girls were amazed that I didn't seem to be following my pattern! I was, of course, but it was a pretty simple pattern repeat, and once you placed the first row, the next 5 fell into place behind it. In it's own way, the vine section is even easier!

Am starting to really love the depth of color in the yarn. Was knitting at lunch today and my boss asked me what color it was (it was a darkened restaurant). In explaining the color, then looking at it more closely, the purple is starting to pop out from the turqouise more and more.

I'm happy that I'm enjoying the pattern, since I've volunteered to make another one! Was originally a little puzzled as to what to knit it from, then suddenly remembered a lovely yarn buried deep in the bottom of my stash. It's Welcomme yarn - a 50% Linen / 50% Silk blend. I acquired a very large stash of it in a flea market about 11 years ago! I've actually never knit with it, since it's a lighter gauge than I have typically used in the past...but, along with my new found lace addiction, I suppose I'm learning to enjoy knitting with finer yarns as well... I think this is the perfect color for the GRAPE Arbor Shawl, don't you?

Monday, May 29, 2006

More on the Grape Arbor Shawl

I finished the Grapes portion of the shawl last night. Was time to move on to the vines, but...it was also time to go to bed! Hopefully I'll get a bit more done on it today - have a lunch with a good friend from NC today, so of course I'll take it to show, but probably won't knit on it.

Also got some pictures of both the shawl and the second skein of the yarn that is in the shawl, so here ya are...

Sunday, May 28, 2006

New Shawl

I have to admit, after knitting the Mystery Shawl in two months, I was a bit burned out for a while...

I filled in the gap with some spinning. Got a gorgeous Turquoise Ashland Bay Colonial Top from Uncommon Threads and decided to work on making a thin and lovely yarn. I was semi-successful! 14.2 oz of top was converted into 950-1000 yards of approximately DK weight yarn. There are some thicker and some thinner areas.

In honor of this lovely yarn, I decided to start a new shawl, so am working on the Grape Arbor Shawl from Wendy Knits. It is a lovely and relatively simple pattern, and either I'm very motivated or it's going very quickly! Will post a photo soon!

A Scarf for Sheena

This was a quickie scarf that I whipped off in about 4 hours for my DSIL! I'm modeling it only because they haven't had a chance to send me any pictures yet...

This one took Second Place at the Fair...

Lace Knitting - newest addiction?

A friend introduced me to the Mystery Shawl Along...and two months later I completed my first lace shawl! I think I might be addicted...more on that later. What you want is to see the shawl!

Here's the blocked shawl on my friend's two twin beds as it was still pinned out.

Wanna see more? Ok, here's me in the shawl...

The best news on this lovely piece of work is that it took First Place in Lace Knitting at the Central Florida Fair!

Finally Done It!

Ok, taking the first leap...not sure what'll happen...

I've had people telling me for a while that I needed to create a blog...so, here it is... Will I update it? Well, I hope to....heaven knows I've been doing enough fiber stuff lately, I've got plenty to say!

So, check back...I'll have more to say soon...