Monday, August 27, 2007

Show and tell.

Since I've made no real progress on Lady E as of late, today will be for show and tell. A few weeks back, Yarns By Design held a sale in honor of their first anniversary. Even though I needed to buy yarn like I need a hole in my head, I was there with bells on as soon as the shop opened and procured the following:

Noro Silk Garden, 84
Four of thirteen balls of Noro Silk Garden in colorway 84

Alpaca With a Twist Fino, 98
One skein of Alpaca With a Twist Fino in color 98

The Fino is a laceweight yarn, bought in a fit of optimism. Fresh off of my dubious success with the lace pattern of the Dream in Color Shrug, I was emboldened to try another lace project (and have you seen how pretty that Fino is?). It was only after the purchase and talking to some other knitters that I realized that I should probably crawl with some heavier weight yarn before running with a true laceweight one.

Since I surely did love that Dream in Color yarn and had been wanting to try their fingering weight version (Smooshy), I did a little digging on Flickr and found this lovely completed version of the Forest Canopy Shawl. I am armed with the pattern (which the designer swears is perfect for beginning lace knitters), and the yarn arrived today:

Dream in Color Smooshy, colorway Black Parade
Dream in Color Smooshy, colorway "Black Parade"

Though I want to cast on for the shawl right now, I am not allowing myself to do it before I complete Lady E, or else I will never finish her. I guess I'd better get to it!

In other knitting news, my Jitterbug socks are coming along slowly as I sneak in a row here and there when I can get a seat on the bus:

I might have them finished by the time that it's cold enough to wear them!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Thar she grows.

I'm still not getting anywhere fast, but I have made some progress on the lady:

We'll be at the third Wednesday meeting of the Hurricane Knitters tomorrow at Barnes & Noble at the Waterworks (7pm). Hope to see you (and 40 guy) there!