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…
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.
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…..
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)!