Thanks for the recommendations for places to buy beads.
I checked out Earth Faire, but didn’t see anything that seemed quite right. I checked out Fire Mountain (I was a Fire Mountain customer way back when. Before the internet) and again, nothing exactly right.
Then I went to Fushion Beads, which a couple of you recommended. Ding! We have a winner. I actually bought beads in 4 different colors so I could compare and see which ones worked best with my yarn. It’s a good thing beads are cheap!
Even given that I bought 4 times the beads i needed, I think I was pretty well-behaved. That’s because I kept my focus (“beads for the shawl, beads for the shawl,” chanted I) and I did not stray into any other part of the online store. When I heard a little voice telling me to just look at some of the other stuff, I managed to block it out. Lalalalalalalalala, I can’t hear you.
How will I bead this — by stringing them onto the yarn or using the crochet hook method? I’ve done both in the past. I’ll be stringing them, because I’m not sure the crochet hook method will work. According to the pattern, the beads are slipped into place between stitches, not onto a stitch.
How is the pattern constructed? The center panel is worked first, then you pick up stitches on each side of the center and work outward.Should be fun!
And I’ve done a wee bit more on my current project. Still slogging along on the lace, but hopefully I’ll reach the ribbed portion this weekend.
Oh, and I wore The Daily Sweater to work today. Crappy in-the-mirror photo:
The photo might be less than stellar, but the sweater is great. I give it two thumbs up!
In other news, my “Guys with Yarn” calendar was in today’s mail.
And I give it two thumbs up.
Last but certainly not least, Lucy wishes you a good weekend!