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I think I’ve finally, finally, found a shawl pattern for the yarn I bought in Seattle last year.

Irtfa’a has been frogged, as I really couldn’t see the pattern just looking at the peice. If I’m going to take the effort to make pretty lace, I want to be able to see it. It also wasn’t quite what I was looking for to remind me of Washington.

I was browsing in Ravelry, and saw that Lynn of Titian Knitter had made this shawl in lace weight instead of cobweb, and it was huge.

Mountainy, with hints of pine and waves.

Perfect.

I’ve only had one rip out thus far, and that’s because I can’t count. It’s lace on both sides, which I’m finding keeps my brain occupied.

I can see the pattern. I’m learning a new skill. I may get it done in the next six weeks.

WIN!

[Also- I want to knit every shawl Miriam Felton has in her shop. Seriously. Beware my paypal account.]

AHA! Progress!

After lending my wheel to an acquaintance from my knitting group, I’ve felt an urge to spin, a lot. Luckily, there’s lots for me to spin in my tub o’ fiber. [Though, after pulling out the bag for above, and the other two things I have on the bobbins, there’s room. This could be dangerous.] This is wool from last summer? It was part of a thank you for a spinning demonstration. I’m spinning a 3 ply DK yarn for the friend in SCA. This really only took me a few hours, and I have about 160+ yards in the first batch. I need a little over 800 yards, and am hoping to finish it soon.

I’d like to dye it and have it all ready for her when I see her in July, in order to give it to her in person, but we’ll see. I’ve never dyed with indigo, and the resources are scant in my library. I did find something useful, and will also use That Laurie’s tutorial on Stephanie’s blog.

Et viola- we have something other than a secret project or an update on Matt’s socks.

I had friends come into town last week to visit. I only get to see them once, maybe twice a year, so my excitement was HIGH.

Knowing that we were going to have more of a BE vacation, I picked something that I could pick up and put down at random, and would take little to no thought.

Enter the Hemlock Ring blanket.

[Yeah, the artsy shot is always the one I try to make look good, and ends up looking a bit odd. I had a random urge to blog, and that was the last bit of sun coming into the back of the house this evening. I think my favorite part is the little sliver right over the edging.]

I don’t really have all that much to add that hasn’t already been said. Big lace = pretty. I did have a bit wherein I was epically attacked. I made mention of it on the Knitmore Girls Ravelry group. I would say I’m a fairly competent knitter. That opinion flew out the window when I reached the feather and fan chart and was a whole repeat short of stitches. Apparently, I still cannot count past two.

My hubby was kind enough to help me block it. That’s why it’s wonky looking.

The yarn came from a delightful friend, Colleen, who was having a trunk sale. I’m tempted to buy another few cones as I liked knitting with it that much.  It’s a mohair blend, and bloomed and haloed so prettily. I’m looking forward to using this as my computer lap blanket this coming winter. It’s WARM.