Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Lacy Bits

Thanks to the MS3 KAL, I've become obsessed with lace. In fact, I'm so obsessed that I've joined two new lace KALs: the Secret of Chrysopolis KAL and the Secret of the Stole KAL. That should make for an interesting fall, don't you think? I've ordered some lace weight yarn from Little Knits and have my eye on some more from Knitpicks.

I'm also working on a few other projects, two of them Christmas presents. I'm making Cozy for my brother's girlfriend in a navy colored Silky Wool. I'd started another stole in this yarn, but it wasn't turning out very well. Cozy is one of my favorite Knitty patterns, and it is working up well with this particular yarn. I added more stitches to make the stole a little wider than the pattern is written.

My grandmother will receive a Spiral Nebula Shawl for Christmas (I hope!) made from Universal Yarn Classic Worsted Tapestry. I'm using color 7011 because it combines two of Grandma's favorite colors--pink and purple. I'm getting a more blended coloration on the Spiral Nebula than the swatch shows. Normally, I avoid yarn with such a high acrylic percentage like the plague. However, when you are knitting for a woman who is close to 90 years old and not capable of handwashing, you get more "adventurous" in yarn selections. This yarn isn't too bad, but the pattern is so mindless that it nearly puts me to sleep. I do like the spiral effect and the little eyelets around the top of the stole. Those are nice touches.

Finally, I'm playing around with some handspun merion/tencel yarn that I spun on a drop spindle. The yarn colors are gorgeous, but the yarn is so overspun! I'm trying to make it into a feather and fan scarf. So far, so good.


Blogger Hockey Mom said...

Mmmmm, lace (insert Homer Simpson type drool here)! Love all the pretties, especially the handspun. Always partial to the handspun!

11:15 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I made my Swallowtail out of that shade of Silky Wool. I absolutely love it! That'll be one fabulous cozy!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

It's so easy to catch the lace bug. You'll be very busy for the next few months. You're getting a good start on the Christmas presents.

7:46 PM  

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