Wednesday, September 20, 2006


It turns out that some of the pics I took recently weren't as bad as I thought they were. I managed to get one of each of my projects that didn't totally suck.

This is the Irish Diamond shawl. The yarn is Zephyr in the blueberry color, on US # 7 addi turbos. I love this yarn and I'm really looking forward to finishing this so I can see it all blocked out. The down side of this project is that it gets bigger with every pattern row. I'm currently up to ~400 stitches per row and it seems to take forever to make progress on it now. I hope to have this done by the end of October.

Here we have Box Lace. The color is more a cranberry than the bright red that comes through here. The yarn is Cashwool by Baruffa, a superfine merino. Size 7 Denise needles. I'm hoping to have this done for the holidays.

Here we have the Icarus shawl. Like the Diamond this is in Zephyr, the Mushroom color. Also like the Diamond it grows with every other row. Size US # 3 addi turbo needles. I don't have a deadline for this project, I just couldn't resist it any longer. This pic doesn't really show the color very well, but it's a cool almost cream almost gray that really does resemble a fresh mushroom.

Finally we have Feather & Fan in unspun icelandic wool on US # 8 addi turbos. I love this project. I have no deadline on this one either, but it's my go-to piece when the lace and tiny stitches of any of the others get to be too much. Now that the weather is turning colder I can't wait to finish this warm and cozy wonder. It has that comforting raw wool smell that makes me want to curl up with it in front of a fire and hibernate for the winter.

The Rose of England is back on the needles with the bellybutton cast on. I'm using the Cashwool by Baruffa and US # 2 addis. For those who asked I am using the magic loop method, at least in the beginning. Me and dpns don't get along, so I use it whenever I can. I will probably switch to a smaller circ. when I get done with chart A since it gets a little funky when you have 5 repeats per round and the slipping your round marker and such.

Monday, September 18, 2006

I should know better.

Friday night was Yarn Yoga night at LYS. I started out working on Diamond until I finished with the pattern repeat I was in the middle of. I was feeling so good about how that was going that I pulled out ROE to do a round on that. Evidently I can't chat and count at the same time. I got to the end of the round and had an extra stitch (crap!) and for all my going back and recounting and rechecking I couldn't find the error. So I tucked it away and decided to figure it out at home when I had quiet to concentrate. Unfortunately, I couldn't locate any error, and figured it must have happened on the previous pattern round. No problem, I thought, I'll just tink back until I know I'm good and continue on. WRONG! Tinking multiple YOs and coming out with the correct stitch count isn't happening for me. Then I rememebered that bit about slipping your beginning of round marker and gave it all up. Frogged the whole thing. On the bright side this gives me the chance to play with the belly button caston I've been eyeballing.

We had a pretty full weekend so I didn't get back to ROE, but maybe tonight. I did pick up the Feather & Fan shawl and got some good progress done on that one. I told the hubby what I liked about that project is that I haven't screwed it up yet! He made all the right condolence noises and made me soup. What a guy!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Insanity or Ambition?

I couldn't help it, I cast on for the Icarus shawl yesterday. For those of you scoring at home, that makes #5 in the shawls on the needles category. I haven't decided for myself on the insane vs. ambitious issue, so I'll let you make your own call on that.

I was sad to discover last night that my Dad's talent with a camera was not passed on to me genetically. I have some learning to do with my new camera. I tried to take pics of my other WIPs last night, but alas, they mostly looked like crap. So now that I've learned a thing or two about that I'll try again soon.

I know you've all been on the edge of your seat wondering if the Diamond shawl and I have made up. We had a long heart-to-heart last night. We got the issue resolved, and it promised to never do that again. We'll see. :-)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


The Diamond shawl and I aren't speaking to each other right now. The last two days I feel like I've spent more time tinking that thing than making forward progress. I was almost done with one lace repeat when I dropped 3 stitches and couldn't for all my effort recover them correctly. So I chucked the whole thing on the table and decided to let it sit there today to "think about what it had done".

I'm also considering frogging the ROE and starting over. I read the instructions for the belly button cast on, and it makes such a beautiful center, I may have to try it. Since I'm still debating that and I was too tired and got home late last night I didn't do anything with ROE. I didn't want to continue forward if I'm just going to start over, and I didn't want to start over if I didn't have time to get some good progress done on the new start. So I did a couple rows on the Box Lace shawl and went to bed.

Hopefully tonight I'll have time to get some laundry and knitting done. I hope to have pictures of the other shawls I'm working on up soon. Maybe I'll even feel up to getting the Diamond shawl out of time out. Maybe...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Rose of England pic

Here is the progress so far on ROE!

This is what I got accomplished Sunday afternoon and evening. I would have liked to work on it last night, but spent the evening fighting with my new camera and laptop. Evidently they don't want to play well together. Luckily things went more smoothly today at the office.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Domovoi Shawl pictures!

I have figured out how to upload pictures! So here they are...

This is the finished, blocked and ready to deliver product. The pattern is from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Lace in Black.

Here it is blocked out in my hallway, the only place long enough for the 102" finished length.

And here are a couple shots of the detail...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Rose of England

I have joined the Rose of England KAL. I had planned to do this project, but a little down the road. But I couldn't resist, so here we go. Never mind the three shawls and a pair of socks I already have on the needles, nevermind that I plan to start Icarus as well. And don't forget about Balmoral that I had planned to do before ROE, but plans have clearly changed.

I have a digital camera! New camera, new blog, new projects. What more could a girl want? Pictures coming soon!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Hello World!

Because don't you have to start all new ventures that way?