Aahhh . . . the magic of blocking lace.  Before:


And after:


As tedious as this project was toward the end, I am very, very happy with it.  It’s a stunning pattern.

Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia
Jaegger-Spun Silk Wool
Size 3 needles
Started February 2007, finished October 2007.

Now that this project is finished, I decided I could look at starting a new project.  Our knitting group is doing a group project this year and chose the Modern Quilt Wrap, a free pattern from Interweave Knits.  Of course, none of us can afford to make it out of the Kid Silk Haze it calls for.  It requires 9 different colors.  So, I chose a dk weight yarn and went through the color cards and found my color palette.  I bought the 5 colors my LYS had and special ordered the other 4.  Yesterday I went down to the shop to see if they had come in.  Indeed they had.  However, the shop lady had neglected to put my name on them and they had been sold!  Well, drat!!  To tell the truth, my enthusiasm for the project has now waned.  So, what’s a girl to do?  Why, console herself with lace yarn, that’s what!


I had been eyeing this lovely color for a while and decided the time was right.  So it jumped in my bag and came home with me.  This will be transformed into The Garden Shawl by Dorothy Siemens.  l started this last night and I had forgotten how difficult it can be to start laceweight shawls from the center out.  Trying to knit on dpn’s with two stitches on each needle with lace yarn is an exercise in frustration.  It took me about 10 tries to get started, but I finally succeeded and now have enough to go with a 16" circular.  Photo will have to wait until I can spread it out on a 24".

Yesterday I was sitting in my living room studying and I heard a bird call that was very unusual.  I had never heard it before, although it sounded eerily familiar.  I decided to go investigate later, but my husband came and got me to see this wonderful sight in our front yard:


I wonder if they were house hunting!

16 thoughts on “Magic!

  1. It’s BREATHTAKING Dorothy! Well done! I can’t wait to see it modeled!

    Wouldn’t it be great if those majestic birds moved into your neighborhood? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a beautiful Forest Path Stole, Dorothy. Lovely, lovely work. That truly is an heirloom piece. I don’t blame you for losing enthusiasm for the yarn that was sold out from under you. I truly hope those eagles decide to settle near you. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to watch as their family grows? Hope you are having a nice weekend. We are doctoring Milo who accidentally got into barbed wire on our walk last night. Would I love to get my hands on the jerk who tossed that out his car window!

  3. Wow! It’s sooooo beautiful! Yeah … blocking is a magical thing.
    Your next lace project is a lovely one too … maybe I will also get a hold of the pattern too.

  4. WOW – Dorothy! Your Stole is amazingly gorgeous!! So delicate and beautiful in light pink…and I think The Garden Shawl is a perfect follow up to the Forest Path!

  5. I love your stole, Dorothy – it looks as though it were a pink lacy cloud.

    I was admiring your vest in the picture of you with Elsebeth Lavold – can you tell me where the pattern comes from?

  6. Your stole is breathtaking! What a disappointment that your yarn was sold, however. I will look forward to seeing the Garden Shawl come to life.

    It is rare that my husband has to come look at a blog – but when I call him, he always knows it’s worth his time. Your bald eagles were no exception. His comment – “Hope they nest right in her tree – and then she can blog about them all the time…with photos”. So – a whole new fan base is waiting….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Forest Path is beautiful. Your before blocking and after blocking pictures are such fun to see.

    I’m totally awestruck by the eagle picture, not just because you saw them but that you were also able to get such a magnificent picture of them.

    Hopefully the pair is checking out your front yard as next year’s nesting site. Careful with the little dogs, though. They may look like eagle food from that high perch.

  8. Wow. That is just sensational. I’ve admired that pattern for a long time. Your work is beautiful. I can hardly wait to see how the Baruffa turns out. I now have some in my stash, and I haven’t yet decided on a project, and so I look forward to having you inspire me.

  9. Dorothy, I can’t imagine that you will knit anything more beautiful! But I think that every time you knit a lace something. It is amazing.

  10. Gorgeous! Congratulations! How about a lovely photo with it draped over your shoulders? What a fabulous shot of the eagles.

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