I've started the edging on the Evenstar Shawl and it is taking forever! I'm not a stranger to long shawl edgings, but the beads on this one are adding a whole new dimension – in more ways than one:
However, I do love the effect and think it will be well worth it. At the rate I'm going it will probably take at least another month or so to finish. Stay tuned!
It seems that since I retired, my life and sewing room have both become more and more cluttered. Hubby warned me that I would be more busy than I ever thought possible, and he is right! I seem to have found so many fun things to do, but am sadly coming to the conclusion that I just can't do them all. So, I am going to be looking at my commitments and doing a little culling. Culling also needs to be done in my sewing room:
Despite my best efforts, this seems to be more normal than not. I'm slowly going through things and have recycled a ton of magazines, but still have more to go through. I'm also going to go through my projects and get tough. I'm thinking that if I don't love a project, it either needs to be frogged, trashed, or given away. If I love it – it really needs to go into a queue to get finished. I actually don't have that many knitting projects going (most of my UFO's are quilting), but two are going bye-bye. The first is the Queen Silvia shawl:
I started this right after the Nancy Bush Estonian workshop, and as you can see, didn't get very far. I really never did feel the love on this one, so it has already been frogged.
The next one is not so easy. Whistler:
This one started out with great excitement and anticipation. Until I got to the three color rows. Not only are they a bear, but I'm just not happy with how they are coming out. I dread picking it up and working on it. I have lots and lots of Dale books and I'm sure I can find something I like as well. So, with a little sorrow, I think this is going to the frog pond too.
I do have projects that I am excited about. I joined the Fat Cats Mixed Blessings club and received my first shipment:
This is the first multi colored fiber I've bought and I'm excited to see how it comes out. Looking at how others are spinning this, I've decided to make a 2-ply as close to fingering as I can get. The reddish fiber has been split into 3 lengthwise strips and will be spun as is. The purple will be broken up into random chunks, spun and then plied to the reddish singles. More experienced spinners (Pat, Kathy) – does that sound like a plan? I can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that it probably won't look like a muddled mess. But looking at what others have done – I think it will come out quite nicely. This is Polwarth and is an absolute dream to spin. I don't even need to predraft:
Off again tomorrow to see the family in Snohomish. Abby is taking me to see the movie "Babies" and then we'll do some shopping with my sister. Hopefully there will be time for a little granddaughter snuggling sometime: