Friday, August 19, 2005
Since I finished the shawl I had to find another project, really not so difficult! LOL I did a couple dishcloths and after working with the lace weight it felt like I was knitting with rope! This project is the Lace Smoke Ring from Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer at www.heartstringsfiberarts.com I mentioned the pattern a couple months ago on the blog. I ordered it from www.knitpicks.com and they recommended Alpaca Cloud which is a lace weight yarn. This does NOT work up well in lace weight. I'll be using the Cloud for some lace Elizabeth I scarves from JoLene Treace (www.atimetoknit.com). I purchased Frog Tree Alpaca in a natural color and it is a fingering weight. It is very yummy to work with although it does shed. This is the first six inches, twelve more to go! I have a lot of projects planned for Christmas and birthday gifts this fall/winter and so I am being good and working on those. And of course there are the UFOs. I want to finish DH's sweater which I showed a couple months ago and the kids' sweaters too. I find that I have more time to knit than keep up with my email, quilt, sew or scrapbook because I can do that when I am sitting with the kids, watching movies with hubby, talking on the phone, in the car and on trips. I am so glad I got back into knitting as it is really calming. As soon as we have more $ again I am going to get the Myrna Stahman book on shawls because I do want to work with designing some shawls that will fit me! I'd like one dressy one for church and I would like one heavier weight one for warmth at home. Yes, it does actually get cool enough here to wear something for warmth, but not for another few months!