Saturday, September 29, 2007

Icelandic Lace Shawl update

I've had a little time to knit on this shawl and it's coming along nicely. I'm on Chart E and it's flowing smoothly.
I think what makes it such a nice knit is the Main Line yarn. The runner up is Andean Silk from Knitpicks.
I will definitely be wearing this and showing it off.
I am at a loss for words today. How strange for a gal whose 6th grade report card had, "She talks too much" written on it each quarter. I only mention the 6th grade because I don't remember my other report cards. You ever have one of those days?

Monday, September 24, 2007

A meager beginning on a lace edging...

...for a handkerchief.
Oh, I love to knit lace and I love handkerchiefs with a lace edging. The pattern is Project #6 and can be found in 'Heirloom Knitting' by Sharon Miller.
The picture shows 16 rows completed. Sharon got 3" for her width......I'm getting 4".
I'm using DMC Cordonnet sz 70 Coton and 5/0 needles. What is the blue tape for you ask? I didn't want to make a couple of my dpn's a permanent set of straight knitting needles (by gluing beads on the ends) and the blue tape will come off easy and leave no residue.
I found them and my 6/0 needles at Victorian Cottage Treasures. They even carry 8/0!
I used to, as a kid, knit with safety pins and sewing thread so this is nothing new.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My Swatch(es) for Secret of the Stole

Okay, now......
Here is my first swatch using Jaggerspun Zephyr - knit with US sz 4 needle.

Here is another swatch using Knitpicks Bare - knit with the same needle size.

Did I forget to place a ruler or some sort of measuring device with the swatches? Of course......but I'm not feeling well so I have an excuse......right?
So...which do you all think looks good? Scarlett says the dark one. :)
I also forgot to mention: You, too, can join Secret of the Stole by Nautical Knitter! She told me there are 17 days.....and counting, before it starts! Membership closes October 4th.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I taught my son well.

Isn't this the kind of picture we love of our kids? That's Jasmine guarding and protecting him....maybe even keeping him warm.
It brings tears of warm fuzzy feelings to my eyes each time I look at it. Of course, he isn't that little anymore. He's in college, stands at 6'3" and weighs in at 190 lbs.
You know the things I wrote in my profile? Well, I taught many of those things, that I learned, to my son. I taught him to read and write; to be kind to and respect others; to respect women; to tell the truth; to not spend what you don't have and save for a rainy day; to try new foods and to eat right; to knit; to love animals; to fish; to ride a bicycle; to drive; to change the oil in our truck; to read about firearm safety BEFORE I would teach him to shoot; to have an imagination; and many more things.
So, how is he now that he's basically on his own? He eats well and works out to keep in shape. He doesn't eat sugar, drink soda pop/alcohol or smoke; knit me a scarf; loves to read; wants to learn other languages; likes to fish; tells the truth; spends only what he has and doesn't touch what he saved to cover the deductible for his car insurance; is a good driver; has good work ethics; respects others; and he is kind, especially to me.
I love my son.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

MS3 finished.....and finally blocked

Here is my Mystery Stole 3 blocked. I hmmmd and hawed after finding out that the end was going to make it asymmetrical. I just wasn't sure about that and I couldn't imagine that it would look..okay.
I decided to keep knitting it as is.......and I'm mighty glad I did. I like it. I like it very much!
I hope to have a picture taken with it wrapped around me soon so you can see what it looks like worn.
Thank you, Melanie, for a fantastic knit-a-long. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so exciting to hurry and wait for the next clue. I didn't want it to end.
One thing left to do - order the perfect finishing touch that was made especially for this KAL - the Swan Shawl pin from Romi.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Ahhhhh.....Icelandic Lace

I finally got to start this Tuesday, even though the official start date was Monday.
My, oh, my.....the yarn feels so nice. It's JaggerSpun Main Line and feels like some of the lanolin is still in it. I got it from Sarah's Yarns and she is a wonderful person to do business with.
I am a loose knitter and I'm using Addi Lace Needles in US sz 4. So far, I like the way it looks and feels.

The pattern is from Knitting Daily or you could join the Icelandic Lace Shawl KAL. The KAL is warm and inviting with lots of help. It's kind of nice to know there are others working on the same project you are.

I've got a few toes to do the "Kitch" with on my BBS before I can resume knitting on it.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

One of the best places to visit......on the web

And this is it: Knitting On The Net
I am so very impressed with that site. I had to get something warm to drink and just look and look!

In the meantime, I'm knitting 2 scarves for my hairdresser. She wanted to exchange a haircut for the scarves and she supplied the yarn. Good deal for me!

Since I love 'old' pictures, here is a random one {taken a few years ago} of hubby and his two sisters eating lunch with their dog, Shorty, intently waiting for something to fall.

Monday, September 3, 2007


Here is the yarn before I started to "untangle it".

Here it is the next day - today - after I worked on it for a couple of hours yesterday. Is it progress?
Well, yes, in a way since I finally found the ends. Notice the 2 ziploc sandwich baggies with the little rolled up ends in them.
We'll see how far I get today.

If anyone has a better/quicker way to untangle such a lovely yarn, please let me know. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. My e-mail address is on my side bar.
I forgot to mention - it's Cherry Tree Hill. No, I didn't buy it this way. Someone had it and now I have it. :)