Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Finished purple lace

Here is a model (of sorts) wearing the purple Water Turtles shawl. Here also is a closeup of the design. The picture was taken flat on the ironing board but I rotated it so you could see how it would look hanging.

It is very light and delicate. I haven't tried but I might be able to get it through a wedding ring.

Now onward!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Purple Blob blooms!

I know this is sort of cheating, but I just couldn't face getting down on the floor again. I ordered this blocking kit called Knitters Block. It's 9 large interlocking foam tiles with sort of a rough, carpet like covering. You can lay them out in whatever shape you need and they are very good for pinning.

So with the tiles and my blocking wires I decided to pin out the shawl while it was folded in half. Might take a little longer to dry but I think it will work ok. I will let you know.

This is The Water Turtles shawl from Wrapped in Comfort, knit with Knit Picks Shadow lace weight in the color Grape Jelly.

The Purple Blob!

Ok Lois, just for you!

I hope I didn't stop knitting too soon! Blocking tomorrow will tell. Cross your fingers!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

More finished goodies!

Last Wednesday, 10/17 was my hubby Alex's 72nd birthday. He never tells me what he wants except more of what he already has plenty of. So I tend to take clues from other things he says. Like nagging me to make curtains for the dining room and Parlor and etc.

The old cotton curtains we hung when we moved in 20 years ago are just disintegrating and my sis had sent me a box of lace bolt ends from where she works with a designer. There was enough to do the dining room and one of the parlor windows, although we stretched it to cover both windows for now. So I've sent my sis these pictures and asked, "Please, may I have more?" Here's hoping!

The dining room.

The parlor.

And I've been crocheting some quick doily/coaster sets. The little pineapple doily takes about 5 hours and the coasters take a little over an hour each. I can even do them without the pattern now. That's a first for me! Won't tell who they're for in case they peek. :o) One more set I think and then I need to knit something. My yarn is fussing at me and I feel it.

Oh the little rainbow coaster is for one of my SIL's kitties who likes to carry around dainty things. Maybe I'll soak it in catnip. LOL!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Nice Surprise and a FO

Hi Folks. I got a box from a publisher last week. I hadn't ordered anything from them so it was a bit of a puzzle. Inside was the pattern-a-day Crochet Calendar for 2008. Remember that filet crochet pattern I had submitted for this year's calendar? They sent it back and I thought that was that. Imagine my delight while leafing through the calendar to find my pattern on Monday, April 7th! Cool!

And the UFO currently blocking on my floor is Alison's Ann Arbor shawl from her book Wrapped in Comfort. It's for my SIL Mary, a red head who looks fab in greens. I told Alison that I was worried that it would come out looking like a sick chameleon but I'm relieved to say I quite like it. BIG difference in how it looks before and after blocking. First time I've used blocking wires too. I got the wires from Knit Picks and really like them.

I had to scootch around the floor on my fanny to get it all pinned out. Nothing else to pin it to but the rug. I'd love to use my bed but with 10 cats in the house it was more of a challenge than I wanted to face today. Maybe next time.

I used 10 shades of Knit Picks Palette. I can hardly wait for it to be dry!

Now I have to hurry up and finish sewing Alex's birthday present for this Wednesday, the 17th. Then back to making Christmas gifts!