Hair O\’the Lamb

Fa la la la la…
27 December, 2006, 2:45 pm
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 post holiday post….

I worked most of the holiday…the Thursday before, off Friday, then worked Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Recovered yesterday after a teeny bit o’family drama and did NOTHING…well…thats not exactly true.   In the late afternoon I cast on for this.   I have knit a little lace before, edgings mostly or simple lace pattern scarves, but had never attempted a full lace item and certainly never a shawl.

My motivation here is the much beloved “Wing o’the Moth” shawl which I desperately wish to make.  However, I don’t want to screw it up am intimidated by its beauty so I thought I should practice on some easy beginner lace first, hence the Forest Canopy Shawl.   I am using my olive green worsted and size 8 needles so its huge but its coming along really fast and its very easy to do.  I was saving the green yarn for Arianne but some research showed that it pills and fuzzes easily so I don’t want to use it for a sweater that will get some wear but I figured a shawl would get less use yet still look ok.  Besides, this gives me a reason to look for an alpace silk blend yarn for Arianne-I think it will look best in a yarn with some drape to it, not this industrial worsted I have in my hands now.  This shawl is practice so, I’m not stressing over the yarn choice.  Since the pattern looks like either leaves or dragon scales I thought green was an appropriate choice.    Hope all of you had a Merry, Happy Christmas and are looking forward to a bright blessed New Year.  More later…


*with Boughs of Holly*
19 December, 2006, 10:39 am
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Hey, its me again….sorry no pictures today again bc I don’t have anything productive to show yet and my cellcam just doesnt show the colors as well as I’d like it to.  I may try, if the sun stays out and it doesnt get gloomy, to show the yarn that I’m using now for the Sienna.  I am in love again (shhh…don’t tell the NORO!) and its going smoothly.

I have thought up a pattern for a new pair of socks and may try starting those soon too, but first that will require ripping out (M-you may want to turn away from the screen at this point) a completed-*gasp*-sock and reclaiming the yarn.   Seems I’ve been doing that a lot as of late, maybe a sign that my knitting is maturing and I’m less likely to settle for,  “meh, it looks good enough”.   As for spinning…I’m going to warm up the wheel again tomorrow and try…seems like a nice activity to do while listening to carols, doesn’t it?

Oh, and don’t worry that the poor olive yarn is going to get stuffed under the bed and forgotten about…after Sienna is done, I’m starting Arianne from chicknits! 

(PS…please, if you haven’t already, go here and celebrate the season by giving…let’s do what we can to make the world a brighter place)

Deck the Halls!
13 December, 2006, 1:33 pm
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Hey…did you miss me?  Probably not since I have been a very sporadic blogger as of late.  I don’t want to bore you with the non-knitting details of things but…suffice to say that my entire life is in the hands of a foreign government, a fairly friendly one to be sure, one that says it wants me to come and work there, doing good things like helping people get better after they have heart surgery and stuff like that…but it has been a looooooooooong process filled with pitfalls, deadlines and dead ends.  This, has left me worn down and very tired and ready to be done with it already!  The MOMENT I get that work permit in  my hand I swear I will kiss the border guard (ok, that will probably get me arrested and sent back right away but still….the thought WILL be there) that gives it to me.  I just may collapse in a sobbing heap, so glad to have this over finally.  Stay tuned on that one…there may be pictures.

On the knitting front I have been (even though I swore I wasn’t going to do this this year)knitting holiday gifts.  There, I said it and you all can mock my weakness for falling in the knit-the-last-minute-gift trap.  Again.  I have been making handwarmers for friends using the “Fetching” pattern from Knitty a few issues back.  They are fun to make, use  little yarn and they look good too.  I am making 2 pairs, one for my friend Kristen and one for Monique.  The ones for M are made from Lorna’s Laces “lion and lamb” yarn which is just about the most beautiful yarn I have ever knit with.  50% silk/50% wool (yes, I know M doesnt like wool…but she picked out the yarn herself so its ok) and its gorgeous stuff.  If I ever could afford a sweater or something made from this yarn I would be tempted to never take it off.   It was the yarn used in the original “Clapotis” and wow…how cool would that be?  Plus, I found the perfect yarn for my “Sienna”.  Yes, much to the horror of M, am going to rip out the 1/2 done sweater I have with the olive yarn and begin again with this yarn. It really is not anything special, just Cascade 220 in a lovely shade (#9446) that brings to mind copper with a verdigris patina.  It is heathery and kinda changes color in different light…sometimes more green…sometimes more copper.  In short-perfection!  I can’t wait to begin, but first I need to finish a handwarmer.  Have a good Wednesday all!