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Jan. 7th, 2005 @ 09:42 pm introduction
1. Pattern: Cozy from Knitty.

2.Yarn: Silky Wool, color 08, moss.

3.Who it is for: ME!

4. When you hope to be finished: Since it's my first shot at lace knitting, I'll say sometime this year.

5. Anything else you want to say: I have pictures of my progressCollapse )
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Gromit Knitting
Jan. 5th, 2005 @ 06:03 pm (no subject)
well. I got my final ounce of the lace weight yarn from Habu today, that was on sale. I'm wishing I'd gotten some of the bamboo yarn just to see, but oh well. This yarn is for the next shawl - yet to be designed - I have a couple of the Barbara Walker books and some ideas, I just have to draw them up. And dye the yarn, which is scary. It's just almost beige and it was supposed to be light green. It's a bit greenish. I just want to do a quick wash on it, just make it a bit more green. I'm going to try with just a couple inches first and see what happens. Scary!

There will be some other stuff knit before I start the shawl, so I hope there's no time limit. Hello Yarn put up the gnome hat pattern and I have to make it for my son - we decided we'd get some plain spun wool and koolaid dye it, as he wants BRIGHT colors. And I'm finishing some socks for friends, which turned out to be a much bigger project than I'd originally thought.
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Jan. 4th, 2005 @ 08:33 am Yarn procured, finally
So, after trips to every LYS I know of in my area, I was empty handed. I had ZERO luck finding yarn in the weight, softness, and shade of blue I wanted for my shawl. I could find yarn that satisfied one or two of my requirements (DK or worsted weight, or jewel tone navy blue, or soft), but not all three (except a silk that was waaaaay beyond my budget). Even Microspun, which was called for in the pattern, did not seem to come in a blue I could live with.

Disappointed, I figured later that night I'd troll the online yarn stores.

Then we went to Fred Meyer for some grocery shopping (Fred Meyer is a huge grocery/everything chain here, a la super Walmarts, only local). Just for giggles, I looked at their yarm aisle (which are usually pretty sad in selection).

But, there it was. THE blue. With a sheen. And a good weight. AND soft. Softy soft. I grab enough for the shawl, elated.

And somewhat shocked.

I'm embarassed to admit what it is.

I am making my wedding shawl from...TLC by Red Heart. In navy.

Yep. Red heart.

Go ahead and giggle at me and my 5 dollar wedding shawl. I AM the ghetto alterna-bride!

I'm casting on tonight.
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Caren in hell
Jan. 2nd, 2005 @ 08:28 pm (no subject)
well, one worked and one didn't. here's a closeup.

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Jan. 2nd, 2005 @ 08:24 pm (no subject)
I've never done pictures before, I hope this is right.


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Jan. 2nd, 2005 @ 07:35 pm (no subject)
Well poo. I finished Contessa, which I had started quite a while ago, so it doesn't really count as a shawl-a-long. Got the ends all tucked in, washed it gently in the sink, then started blocking it on the living room floor on a cotton blanket. It kept wanting to shrink back, but the Morehouse site says you don't need to pin it or anything, just keep stretching it and it will dry really fast. Well, it's pretty much stretched, and pretty! Though next time I want to get some of those wires to put down the edges so they're really straight. Anyway, I left the room for 2 minutes, literally, and in that time, my cat (huge Maine Coon) walked across it, apparently got stuck, and snagged and RIPPED a thread right dead center. So it's all rucked up and this long thread end hanging out. I could kill him. I thought he might walk on it, but he TORE it. Jeez. I pulled it out somewhat straight and luckily, since it's a very basic pattern, I know I can fix it after it dries. But JEEZ. 2 minutes, people, really. I already have to keep all yarn and needles hidden since he eats yarn and chews the tips off my nice wood needles. But I didn't expect THIS. My first shawl. GRRRRRR.

I took some pictures but don't have hosting right now. I tried Photobucket, but of course tonight it's not working. I'll show you later. For such a simple pattern, it's really pretty.
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Jan. 2nd, 2005 @ 08:29 pm Sheep Shawl, Stage 1
Current Mood: awake
I have nearly completed the final repeat of the first stage of the sheep shawl. "Sunshine Lace" was a bit unexpected, as I didn't see the sunshine part of it until I finished at least a repeat.

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I like how it's turning out, but honestly, I can't wait until I'm done with this part of the lace pattern. It is starting to bore me. :-)
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Jan. 3rd, 2005 @ 12:25 am First progress picture
So as not to cheat, this is where I was with the shawl before the shawl along started. Ages left to go and I've mostly memorised the pattern. The pattern is fairly simple in that it is a rectangle so doesn't grow but there will be grafting before the end, which is scary. Also, the lace moves about enough you can't use markers so it might not be a great first time project.

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Jan. 1st, 2005 @ 02:25 pm Ha. Be gentle, I'm in that beginner-middle inbetween stage with knitting
1.Pattern- Clapotis (yes, I know, not quite a shawl)

2.Yarn- Yet to be purchased/chosen. More than likely LYSing sometime this week. Definitely pink.

3.Who it is for: Myself.. break from holiday/winter knitting

4. When you hope to be finished: February (still have holiday/winter knitting to finish.. everyone understands ;) )

5. Anything else you want to say: I'm jealous of my boyfriend's mother's knitting prowess (see icon and whatnot), and I'll probably be jealous of yours too. In a nice way, of course ;)
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junko porn
Dec. 28th, 2004 @ 11:06 pm intro
1.Pattern: Madli's shawl. I actually already started on this but then stalled. I hope this will push me to pick it up again. The pattern was in the Summer 2004 Interweave Knits and I started it in September or so. But I finished loads of lace last summer so got kinda burnt out. Now I've spent the autum doing other things I fancy a bit of lace again. There doesn't seem to be a photo of it on the website any more,
2.Yarn: Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace - which is a laceweight 50% silk and 50% wool blend. The colour is called chocolate and is right on the border between dark brown and a very deep red. I think it's slightly finer than the pattern calls for and while I did a gauge swatch I didn't bother checking to see if I could make gauge - I just used it to decide that that 'nupps' (a type of bobble) where annoying and I'd leave them off.
3.Who it is for: Me! While I do knit for other people, lace is too much work to gift to anyone who isn;t really special to me.
4. When you hope to be finished: The Spring? Let's say March so I can wear it for St Pat's :)
5. Anything else: Umm. This isn't my first lace project but it is the finest yarn I've used for lace yet. Also, I think I'm too gentle when I block so this will be the project when I try to defeat that fear. Also, I'm looking forward to seeing other people's stuff.
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