On the Vine

I finally finished it – it seemed to take forever, and I have to admit – I didn’t use all the yarn up…but its done, and I’m pretty happy with it…

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Pattern:  On the Vine from Knitting As Fast as I Can
Yarn:  Malabrigo Lace, Verde Adriana colorway
Started:  February 13, 2009
Finished:  April 4, 2009

This took a lot longer than it should have – mostly because I got tired of it and didn’t work on it.  It took just a skein (well, probably 3/4 of a skein) but I think its long enough, and it will be nice to wear right now on the cold and rainy mornings that we’ve been having.   The color is definitely darker than its showing in these pictures – it is a medium green – sort of springish, but not pastel.   I love the yarn – so soft.  I am not sure, however, how this is going to hold up – I think it felted a little on the end corners just as I was soaking and blocking it out.  I think because its single ply, and so fine that it just may be one of those scarves that will need a little gentle handling. 

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The pattern was really nice  – very easy, and the nupp added a little fun to it.  I would recommend it for any level of knitter, but do think it would be a good beginning lace project. 

I was very happy to get this out of the knitting basket (or actually out of my briefcase) – I’ve been dragging it around with me for a while, and as soon as I finished it, I cast on for the second sock of the Retro Rib socks.  Larry’s birthday is next week, so I’m hoping to get it done in time.  It was very nice to work on a different project for a change, and now the socks will go with me for my commute knitting.   

But  I did decide to start another project for at home knitting…..

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I decided to start the Aeolian shawl  – as soon as I saw this pattern I really wanted to make it.  I haven’t done any beading with lace, and I want to try it.  Since Mother’s Day is coming up, I decided to make it for my mother so I found some yarn in the stash that she will like, and bought the beads last weekend at Extraordinary Beads in Clinton.  The yarn is Alpaca Lace from Misty Mountain farms – I bought it at Maryland Sheep and Wool a couple of years ago.  I think it will be really pretty, and I think my mother will like the colors.  I’m going to cast on today, and am really excited about using the beads.   

Other than that, its been a hectic week.  Someone hit my car on Tuesday at a stop sign – I was ok, but my poor car needed body work.  I dropped it off on Thursday, and hope to get it back mid-week next week.  It was a very terrible way to start the week!  Good news was that his car insurance company was really great about it and made it all very easy.   I also had more good news  – I went to a specialist this week, and although I need to have surgery it is pretty minor and there is nothing else wrong – all the other things I was worrying about are ok.    What an up and down week – work has been crazy, and we had demonstrations all around my building so we kept on getting notices about security and all that – it was a little stressful, and I was very glad to get to the weekend. 

OK, its time to go – Larry and I are golfing this afternoon (its beautiful here – bright and sunny – yea!), and then it will be time to start the shawl.  Have a great Sunday (and nice week)!

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30 Responses to On the Vine

  1. Denise says:

    Shawl is gorgeous. I just cannot get enough lace these days so I am putting both patterns on my rav queue. No golf for us this weekend – my golf buddy and I were saying: now is the season where we wish we were retired, only 20 years to go.

  2. On the vine is beautiful, and now you know nupps! I don’t, yet. I’ll be interested in watching Aeolian come along, I haven’t done beads, either. All these texture things in your lace! Cool!

  3. Robby says:

    One the Vine looks great! I’ve had that lurking in my pile, but unsure how fun that nupp part would be. Maybe I should just give it a whirl, then I can move on to those coveted Estonian Lace patterns I want to do so much?! The yarn for your mom’s shawl is beautiful. Can’t wait to see it worked up.

  4. Chris says:

    The scarf is just beautiful – and the new knit looks like it’s going to be equally pretty. Glad the news from the doctor was good- and glad you and the car are going to be ok!

  5. Awesome Mom says:

    That is beautiful! I think the nups look a lot nicer than the beads, they just seem to have more presence than the beads. I have started hankering for another lace project and you are giving me a lot to think about.

    I am glad that you are ok even if your car is a bit banged up.

  6. Rhonda says:

    On the Vine is beautiful. It feels good to finally get something done, doesn’t it. I love putting beads on lace work too, you’ll love it.

  7. Kim says:

    Your On the Vine turned out beautiful – great choice of yarn for that wrap. Can’t wait for in progress photos of Aeolian, that is an incredible design!

  8. Your scarf is so pretty, perfect for spring. The beads and Alpaca Lace are going to be a beautiful combo.

    Sorry about the car accident, glad to here you made it through ok.

  9. brokeknits says:

    Congrats on finishing the scarf! I hope you’re enjoying wearing it. I can’t wait to see your next shawl.

  10. Emilee says:

    The on the vine is beautiful! I love the color 🙂 I have no pactience for lace patterns yet >_< Hopefully one day I will!
    ❤ Em

  11. Steven says:

    It’s beautiful, Jeanne! And the the beading project looks exciting, too — I always think beaded lace looks so cool. Sorry about your new car, but glad to hear that much of your worrying is over. A heard somewhere once that worrying is interest paid in advance on a debt that never comes due. I don’t always keep that in mind, but I try!

  12. Valerie says:

    It is beautiful, and the yarn and beads for your next project is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see it done (I love that pattern and I’m considering it for a wedding shawl)

  13. lorent says:

    The shawl turned out beautifully! Nice and light for spring. I’m sorry about your little car boo boo, but I’m glad it was less hassle than you thought. Same for the surgery — sorry it has to happen, but glad to hear it’s not going to be as bad as you thought. Have a nice week!

  14. Cookie says:

    What a beautiful scarf!

    I’m sorry about the car, but I’m very glad to hear that the insurance people are being nice and that your medical worries are smaller than you had thought.

  15. rhoda says:

    ooh, pretty! i’ve found that with malabrigo lace myself-that it felts a bit. i was going to ask how many skeins it took and you took the words right out of my fingers! your mom is going to love the aeolian. on rav there is an alternate edging. have you seen it? i somehow stumbled upon it. oh no! sorry to hear someone hit your car. it isn’t a virgin anymore–but at least you got that out of the way. hopefully things will settle down soon.

  16. Rebekah says:

    ABsolutely beautiful, I love the vine pattern of it, it reminds me of life.

  17. weezalana says:

    Absolutely lovely! I tried to overdye some yarn that I thought was Malabrigo Lace (it was a swap extra) , tried to handle it veeeerry gently, and it turned into a big ‘ol felted mess. I don’t think that yarn and I are meant to be. 😛

    Glad you’re okay!

  18. Opal says:

    ‘on the vine’ is just beautiful! i can’t wait to see how your aeolian knits up. 🙂

  19. Mrs MJW says:

    I’m glad you’re okay. Sorry to hear about your accident. Are you using that lace for therapy? Wow. Its just so pretty. The green is a soothing color. So cool that you and your husband golf together. 🙂

  20. tiennie says:

    Wow that is beautiful!!! I’m glad that you’re OK after your accident!

  21. donna lee says:

    That is a pretty pattern. I’ve never knitted anything beaded before. It looks initimidating but the color yarn and the beads you chose are gorgeous. Glad to hear about the health news. One less worry.

  22. kim says:

    Love the nupps! Malabrigo lace is so nice to work with because it seems to have more substance than some of the others. Beaded lace sounds like fun. I have only done it once, but it was a made-up pattern, and I’m not sure my crochet-hook method was the best one. Those colors will be beautiful together.

  23. Walden says:

    It is beautiful! It looks so soft and delicate, such a beautiful color choice. I understand getting tired of a project, I have a basket to go through and figure out what is going to get frogged and what needs just a little more attention. 🙂

  24. Shea says:

    Very nice! I really like that pattern. May have to do that one myself. 🙂

  25. Lorraine says:

    Jeanne- Beads and lace- I love it.

    That’s good news about your health- not so good about the car.

  26. Jennygirl says:

    Lovely and springy!
    sorry to hear about the minor surgery, but at least it’s just minor. Sending healthy thoughts your way.
    And your poor car! At least the insurance didn’t give you any hassles.

  27. vickiknit says:

    Beautiful, and your nupps look great!

  28. hakucho says:

    Your scarf turned out beautifully!! Beads and lace – that sounds interesting …..

  29. Ren says:

    what a beautiful scarf! the pattern and the yarn really went together perfectly. : )

  30. Wanda says:

    That is a beautiful scarf! Sorry to hear about the surgery and glad you were ok from the car accident.

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