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Feb. 28th, 2005 @ 10:35 pm finished Clapotis!
I finished my Clapotis last night. Of course I had to stay up until I was done and ended up being exhausted today. Silly me. I'm pleased with it, and I even wore it today. There were times when I wished I had made it a bit longer. (The finished length is about 58 inches.) I only had about a yard of yarn from the sixth ball when I was done, so I would have had to crack into one of the other two, which I'm glad I didn't do. I plan to knit a mini-Clapotis (a clapotisette?) for my aunt who kept admiring the colors as I was knitting mine.

It is knit in Noro Lily (50% cotton/50% silk) on size 7s. I did an extra increase in the beginning section and I didn't really count how many drops I did in the straight section, I was mostly paying attention to the length. It took six balls of the Lily.

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simpsons me
Feb. 23rd, 2005 @ 04:06 pm (no subject)
Where is everyone on their shawls?

I have made negative progress. I was working on a Faroese Shawl from Heartstrings Fiber Arts, but I was not doing well with it, so I went in search of a simpler pattern, and picked up the Field of Flowers pattern this weekend, which looks *much* easier. I hope to start it this weekend, and will hopefully have a photo of some progress to show then!
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Feb. 17th, 2005 @ 08:15 am (no subject)
Finally dyed my cashmere, and it's gorgeous! However. It's so fragile, it breaks if you pull it gently. I think I need to knit it with some thread, maybe. Possibly silk buttonhole thread. I wonder if I need to ply it, or just carry the threads together?
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Feb. 6th, 2005 @ 05:04 pm (no subject)
I knitted so much yesterday that my hands ache today and I can't knit! That's a first. Big heavy yarn on big heavy needles.
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Feb. 3rd, 2005 @ 03:58 pm (no subject)
The last post motivated me to finally wash the vinegar out of my laceweight merino from handpaintedyarn.com. It's in my bathroom drying now with the aid of a fan. Hopefully I can at least swatch this weekend... although I'm having my doubts about swatching. I like to swatch lace because it gives me a chance to learn the pattern, but part of me wants to just jump right in and cast on for the whole thing.

I'm doing the Irish Diamonds Shawl from Folk Shawls, in a slate blue.
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lucy life
Feb. 3rd, 2005 @ 09:39 am my new shawl-a-long project
Since I had to set aside my Cozy I started a Clapotis.

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So far, so good!
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simpsons me
Feb. 2nd, 2005 @ 03:27 pm Pattern suggestion needed
OK. So I started my shawl a few weeks ago, but haven't touched it since. The pattern I was using was gorgeous, but is just way too complex for my first lace project in a laceweight yarn, especially since I don't have too much experience with charts (it involves reading four charts at once).

Anyone have a suggestion for a good pattern using laceweight yarn that doesn't depend on having mohair too look good, and has a fairly simple yet attractive pattern? My yarn is totally nonfuzzy, and while I love the look of kidsilk haze and the like, I don't have the budget to buy more yarn for this project.

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Jan. 30th, 2005 @ 10:09 am slight hiccup
I've been knitting along on my Cozy and had gotten up to abotu 20 inches before I had a small problem. I think I might be allergic to wool! I'm setting it aside for now, but I hope I will be able to pick it up once I get this allergy thing hunted down.

To console myself I'm search for the perfect handpainted 100% silk yarn to use for a Clapotis. I'm going to Stitches West in a couple of weeks, so I'm definitely going to look there!
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simpsons me
Jan. 19th, 2005 @ 08:45 pm (no subject)
I'm so side tracked! I've been finishing some socks I had promised, and koolaid dying with my little boy (easy and successful!), and doing a little bag to try to felt, to take my scissors and stuff in to a class on beaded bag making. I am remiss in my shawl duties. I still have to try to dye the cashmere and I think I'm so intimidated by the idea, I'm doing other things to avoid it.

I saw a very young woman working in a bead store who had the most beautiful, fragile looking lacey sweater on over a cami. I asked her about it and she said she got it from someone's grandmother, and gee, it might be handmade. It looked beautifully handmade, very delicate. I'm taking my camera next time, I want to make one just like it.

I'm also working on beading a velveteen cover for a bookbinding project. *sigh* Life is so short.
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Jan. 16th, 2005 @ 08:29 am C'est Finí!
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Music Box Dancer
Good morning everybody!

Yes yes, I finally finished the Wool Weaver's Mini Shawl for my grandma that was supposed to be a christmas present! I do not have a camera, but Here is the pattern, and my shawl is just a tad smaller because I got tired of spinning a whole bobbin and only having enough for 3-4 rows *grin*. I've knit it with hand-spun hand-dyed yarn, I bought the fleece at a spin-in, and it's some kind of bastard sheep who doesen't know if it is a Gotland Sheep or what :D I wanted to dye it black/yellow but since I had only had succes with red/blue/lilacs before this was doomed to fail: A very pretty dark green with almost-but-not-quite-yellow streaks!

The things this shawl taught me:
I'm allergic to lanolin! :((
Spinning 3-ply takes almost too long time, even though the yarn is 3 times prettier than 1-ply ;)
Gauge gauge gauge....

Have a nice day, and now off to my other shawl... plans have been changed once more, must go edit post again (for 5'th time, methinks).
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