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I am weak.

So, after making these solemn promises to myself, that this will be the summer of focusing on projects, to work on only Print o’ the Wave, and Creatures, and the cross-stitch, and focusing on a single mindless project, I caved to Mystery Stole 3. Hey. I already had the yarn. And the beads. So it almost doesn’t even count, right? It’s not like I bought the yarn for it, or anything. It’s like a totally free project. So it doesn’t count. And since the clues are doled out in manageable bits, I can Mystery Stole, then pick up one of the focused items. And there are beads! Yeah.

Clue 2

Clue 2

And then there is a bag. After the Creatures debacle, I felt it was time to felt something (get it? ha ha). Something that couldn’t be screwed up by gauge, or size, or whatever. So, the Noni Adventure Bag to the rescue. Cascade doubled. Size 11 needles. It’s the anti-lace.


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You know, I should really save up these posts for when I have nothing to say, but seeing’s as how I generally have nothing to say … Anyway, Ravelry has me all motivated to document some of this craftiness, so I finally snapped the Meadow Flowers shawl. From Knitter’s Stash. Started way back in ’05, so probably it’s my first lace project–and then it sat, because I was afraid of the knitted on border. I just didn’t know how much yarn it would take. And finally, earlier this year (hello, 2007), I said, screw it, and did a goofy crochet edging across the top (no doubt an Elizabeth Zimmerman idea), and blocked that puppy out, and wah-lah, Lace.



Pattern: Meadow Flowers Shawl from Knitter’s Stash

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace; Watercolor; 3/4 of a skein?

Needles: US #8 Bamboo

Yarn Source: The Wooly Lamb, East Aurora, NY

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One pound of mohair from 2006 MDS&W. It is supposed to be a super fine two-ply, about 1000 yards, destined to be Wing of the Moth. What it really is is more of a DK two-ply, so now is destined to be the Leaf Lace Shawl. Which is fine, since that is what it was destined to be in the first place. I just got distracted by the Moth.



And some unpleasantness, which reminds us why I’m having the cross-stitch resurgence …


It’s Creatures of the Reef! Can you tell? I thought not. Crap. Breaking the two cardinal lace-knitting rules (which I just made up): don’t use variegated yarn. If you think you should use a bigger needle (this is size 6), do so. Should have done at least a 7.


How about now? Can you see the Creatures now? I’ll give you a hint: crab and starfish, since my photo artwork is even crappier than my Creatures of the Reef. Extremely disappointed. All shawls should be worked top down, starting with barely any stitches. So you can tell before you invest months of your time that your work will be CRAP. Sadly, this Creatures starts with a cast-on of eleventy-billion. And it took this long (how long? I have no idea) to get one motif done. And my Creatures are Barely. Visible. Rats.

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And if I post tomorrow, it would be blogging twice monthly? As in the classic refrigerator cartoon: “Lost our motivation. Everything must go.”

So even though I don’t write, I certainly am craftily motivated. I’m even trying to focus on one thing:

Print o’ the Wave

See? Print o’ the Wave. I think I’ve got about half the repeats done. I’m pussing out, and not doing the Badge of Honor, knit it in two pieces and seam it up the middle thing. Just Can’t. Be. Bothered. Ann from Mason Dixon Knitting made one, and made some really excellent notes, and stated she thought it’s beautiful enough in one long piece (with border), without the seaming business. (Look at that. What a thoughtful and careful blogger I am. Links and everything!)

And on my trip, I scored a *third* skein of the sea silk (colorway Nova Scotia). I did lots of math re: the body v. the border–I think I want to do more than the 34 repeats the pattern calls for, so I actually mathed out the number of stitches which might be in the body, and the number of stitches that might be in the border, so as to find out: if I used one skein for the body, would one skein be enough for the border? It was too close to call. Another skein was called for, to alleviate the constant angst each and every time I touched the needles. (Would it be enough? I should get more. What if it isn’t enough? I thought knitting was supposed to be relaxing.) Hooray for Knitty City! I think, one of the best yarn stores in NYC.

Well, I lie. Of course I’m working on a few things. But a few is less than twenty. Am I right? I’m delving deep into the cross stitch thing. The ten pounds of spinning fried the spinning part of my brain, especially the part where I’d get it all plied up and skeined off, and be short. My allegedly fine yarn would actually be fatter than supposed to be. Coupled with the “enough yarn” angst of the lace (see above), and socks that are a smidge too tight, it seems time to work on that which requires filling in tiny x’s on a canvas. None of this “enough yarn” “right size” bullshit.

And spinning, for myself, which is oh, so exciting. Wool/mohair from last year’s MDSW. Just gorgeous orange/yellow/green/purple. I’m not going to mention the tiny little black eggy-looking things in the fiber. They’ve been there for about a year. Surely they can’t hatch into anything that will eat other fiber. Maybe they’re seeds. But they seem like eggs. Or bug poop. Ick.

You got fancy links. For what would you want photos? Maybe tomorrow. Twice monthly, remember? Snerk.

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It’s Print o’ the Wave!

It’s Sea Silk! Colorway “Nova Scotia.” I think at least. There’s not actually a name on the label. And it doesn’t smell. Which is a little disappointing. And an invisible crochet cast on. Yay!

print o’ the wave

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