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