Today, December 13, is St. Lucia Day. I was planning on writing something about St. Lucia and her importance in Swedish culture, but this morning I discovered that Kristi had already done so. Go read her beautiful blog post on St. Lucia. Her lovely photos of the saffransbullar she baked brought back some memories for me. I can almost taste ’em, tender and warm from the oven, with the delicious perfume of saffron. Sigh.
If you’d like to read my account of my own brush with St. Lucia fame, read this blog post from December 13, 2002. Heh.
Thank you for all your lovely comments about the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl. *blush*
I unpinned it this morning. (Lucy really enjoyed this part. She flopped down on the floor next to me and rolled around joyously. “Momma’s playing with me at 4:00am! Ooooh, this is so fun!”) On a whim, I took it to the office with me. I pinned it up on a cubicle wall and photographed it, albeit in a somewhat blurry manner.
Then I draped it artistically over some packing boxes for another (somewhat less blurry) shot.
What’s On the Needles Now?
This lace scarf is knit using techniques from traditional Orenberg shawls. It is a small but challenging project and a nice introduction to the Orenberg construction.
The pattern calls for one skein of Rowan Kidsilk Haze (229 yards), with the warning that you will use almost the entire skein. I am using a skein of fingering/laceweight cashmere that L-B gave me earlier this year, and it has 300 yards. So I figure I can make a longer scarf by adding a few extra repeats of the lace.
The cashmere came from Holly Spring Homespun and is American-grown. I understand that they are expecting another shipment of it soon.
My scarf so far:
I’ve done the provisional cast-on, knitted the bottom border, down the short row corners, and have started in on the pattern. This is a somewhat complex construction, but Susan’s instructions are impeccable — if you follow them exactly, you’ll have no problems.
So now I have quite a stretch of fun lace knitting with no complex construction issues. This will keep me happy for a while!
“Look at the current total for the Heifer Project! Let’s party!!”