Thursday, May 23, 2013

NEW BEGINNINGS AGAIN --- it seems like only yesterday that I wrote about taking my son up to college for the first time and how he wouldn't let me take his picture as I had done every first day of school  since kindergarten.  Well, he just graduated college and he let me take lots of pictures.  Someone is growing up.

I finished the Little Arrowhead Shawl (designer - Pam Allen) project for my friend Pat -- I stayed with her during graduation and have been wanting to make something for her for the longest time.  The shawl took two skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca/Silk and I finished it in no time.  A simple lace pattern that was very satisfying to knit.

Speaking of finishing --- I actually finished another project this week and wore it during graduation. weekend.  It's the Melrose Tank, designed by Ruth Garcia-Alantud and it was in the  Knitscene Summer 2013 issue.  Now, she designed  it with pleats in the midriff section.  I don't need any attention called to my midriff, so I took them out and used a lot less yardage -- only 3 skeins of Shibui Staccato in fact.  This was a fast knit -- the yarn seemed to glide off the needles. I have to admit that I am a sucker for anything with silk in it.  I loved the icord edging around the armholes and neck too.

Went down to Maryland Sheep and Wool 2 two weeks ago.  I haven't been able to go for the last few years, so this was a real treat - it was a perfect day.  Scored a skein of Wollmeise sock yarn from a fabulous yarn shop called Vulcan's Rest Fibers from Chesapeake City, Maryland.   I also bought lots of fleece.  Now, I only have 200 lbs of romney in my basement.  But when I saw all that beautiful fresh fleece, I couldn't resist.  Bought some merino, romney and finn x.  I started carding the finn x and just love it -- can't wait to spin it up.

I found some silk hankies and silk cocoons.   We'll be using these in our Spinning with Silk class with Barb Johns

Need a new project?  Here are some new shawls/scarves that I found. Free pattern from Churchmouse Yarns & Tea called Racing Raindrops Scarf -- it's made with one skein of Rowan Fine Lace and beads -- I just got a new order of beads in too!

The Resistance Shawl that is in the new Knitscene Accessories has an interesting construction.  I started one last night out of  Frog Tree Alpaca sport. Like I need another project!