This is yarn I purchased from Judy at Smatterings. Ten skeins of “Mallard,” which is slightly heavier than lace weight merino/silk, a total of about 1600 yards. This is gonna make some pretty lace! And a big shout out to Judy. She has beautiful yarn and gave me wonderful customer service. Thanks Judy!
This is from Joslyn’s Fiber Farm — some brindle brown laceweight from their sale page, and their Angel Hair laceweight in colorways “Plumes” and “Tropics.”
Oh, and then there is this:
Twenty-one skeins of Koigu Kersti. Ahem.
I purchased this via eBay from the lovely Erica. Erica mentioned in the item description on eBay that it would make a lovely Cromarty. You don’t have to tell me twice.
I have finished the center square. Now I need to pick up the stitches around the square so I can knit the borders. I removed the provisional cast-on at the bottom and strung the stitches onto a length of yarn. And I actually managed to not screw up the crochet chain this time — I unzipped it easily and all the little stitches obediently popped off like they are supposed to.
Sometimes when I do the crochet chain cast on and I knit into the bumps on the chain, I accidentally pick up more than I should of the crochet chain, or somehow twist it. Then I end up snipping the chain, digging it out with a needle, and all sorts of other rather inelegant gyrations. So imagine my relief at not having to go through that with over 100 stitches.
Thank you for all the lovely comments about my “Purple Haze” shawl. It’s not a terribly complicated pattern to knit, apart from the shaping to make the curved ends. But the instructions were excellent and if one pays attention, one should have no difficulties. I found no errors in the pattern.
Purple Haze came to work with me today and will reside in my office for a while. It’s just the thing for those aggressively air-conditioned days. That’s my number one use for shawls — having them in the office to throw over my shoulders when I need a bit of warmth. I sometimes use them as large scarves over my coat in the winter. Very rarely do I use one as an evening wrap, even though I’ve got a number of them that would go beautifully with formal attire. The last time I wore formal attire was in 2002. I just don’t have that sort of lifestyle.
I store my shawls folded on shelves. I do take them out periodically, unfold ‘em, shake ‘em out, and refold ‘em.
Lucy is indeed declawed. She came to me that way. She’s pretty good about not messing with yarn and knitting anyhow. Apart from rolling around on the knitting, that is.
Who can blame her for that?