Sunday, December 3, 2006

Wading through the Frog Pond

Remember the Swallowtail Shawl from a previous post? Well, here's how that turned out:

Yesssss, boys and girls, I frogged the whole damn thing. Have you ever been knitting along and suddenly you realize that this is the wrong yarn for the wrong project? But you kept on knitting? To make matters worse, I had a feeling that something was not quite right. Oh, yes, indeedy. It was quite wrong. But I kept on knitting. All the motifs had shifted over one whole repeat. How the hell did that happen, huh? Was the knitting fairy godmother trying to tell me something all along and I was deaf to her entreaties to STOP KNITTING RIGHT NOW!!!!! THIS IS NOT WORKING!!!!!!!!! But, nooooooooo.....I kept on tinking and knitting and tinking and knitting. Dogged determination is what I was calling it. Yesireee. I don't give up easily. Nope, not me.

Only a moment, a split second, of clarity came to me just in time to stop the nonsense. (Or maybe it was the sun glaring on the snow....) Whatever. I hooked that baby up to my ball winder and cranked away. Goodbye Swallowtail Shawl in Morehouse Merino.

Hello Victoria Shawl in Jaggerspun Zephyr. (From Victorian Lace Today) This time, I'll listen to my knitting fairy godmother.

Knit on

Friday, December 1, 2006

Wintry Blast

The storm has been through and wrought its havoc. Now we dig out and deal with it. Life goes on. It's a good day to stay in and knit or dream about future projects....and make chili. The sounds of the neighborhood kids laughing and shouting while they sled is nice background noise.

My second lace project (Swallowtail Shawl) is moving along, albeit slowly. I apparently have trouble counting past three because in this very simple pattern there has been a fair amount of tinking. That'll teach me to knit and count while watching television. Usually, this isn't a problem, but it seems that senior moments will strike without warning and.....blotto!....there goes the pattern all out of whack. I vow that from this moment forward, I will pay closer attention to the knitting because I absolutely HATE tinking laceweight yarn. Okay, sure, that'll work, I'm sure.

My first order from Sarah's Yarns came the other day. I've never worked with Jaggerspun Zephyr and the word is that it's one of the best lace yarns out there. Word on Sarah is that she's also the best. I ordered some Zephyr in Indigo and also in Curry. This stuff is drop dead gorgeous. Sarah is truly the best as rumour had it. She's amazingly fast in fulfilling orders and sends a great selection of color cards with a first time order. I highly recommend her for both excellent customer service and the best prices I've seen on Zephyr. (No connection...just a very satisfied customer.)

Both of these yarns are destined to be "Victorian Lace Today" projects. Just which ones is yet to be decided. I'm so bowled over by Zephyr that I ordered more from Sarah in the color Steel. I ordered enough to make a large shawl. The planning and anticipation is part of the fun, isn't it?

I also have some Alpaca Cloud on order from Knit Picks. I ordered the Midnight color. This is also on the project list from VLT.

That's all from this lace maniac.
Knit on