Friday, February 03, 2006

Just what I needed!!!

There I was, innocently reading Valeries blog and I saw a link to the princess shawl ! All I have to say is Holy Horse Feathers! And thanks a lot! Just what I needed! The desire to do something else insane. I now want to make one of these shawls. ME! Knit a two million hour lace shawl out of super fine fiber. I think that I need my head looked at. I am having commitment issues with my sock. Now don't get me wrong. I will finish it. The big question is just WHEN? It only took me two years to get my mittens done. Mittens! So I figure that if I get my socks done before 2007, I am way ahead of schedule. But I find that I MUST KNIT LACE! Maybe a book mark or cell phone cover would do me or one of these tree ornament skirts that Kate was making. I just need to get it out of my system. I can hear the cursing now!

Wow. What a lot of exclamation marks. I guess that I am really worked up about lace. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Right now my focus is on needle felting. Hand #1 is at a standstill. I think that it is finished. I am just waiting to make sure. In the mean time, I am working on hand #2. My left. A small bit of advice to any aspiring needle felters. Needle felting is a bit like cooking. It is easier to add than to take away. I have a bit too much fleece in one of my fingers and I am desperately trying to compact it so that it will look like a finger and not a sausage. I recall that I had the same problem last time. But you keep getting the same lessons presented until you learn them. OK! I got it this time. The trick will be to remember the next time I start on a project.

I don't know about where you live, but here in New Brunswick, yesterday was one fine day. Sunshine. Above freezing temperatures. Liz and I sat on her back step while the kids played in the yard and the baby slept. The only drawback was that yesterday was "Groundhog Day" and according to the story, if he saw his shadow yesterday, it means 6 more weeks of winter. I always thought that it was a bit of a lost hope any way. I mean really. I live in Canada. Maybe Victoria will see daffodils blooming soon. But in my neck of the woods, Spring doesn't usually get here until after mid April. Only 10 weeks to go!


Valerie said...

Yep, just I suspected. Watching someone else knit lace is kin to watching someone else eat chocolate....Gotta have some! Book marks would be a good place to start. Or just swatching a stitch or two out of a pattern book

jackie said...

Good idea! I just remembered that i have a book full of knitting patterns that are swatches. I have never looked at the lace patterns. I shall dig out my book and chose something "simple" Ha!

'Zann said...

I like to do pseudolace knitting - the kind where you use a fine fiber (not ultrafine) and big needles, like #8!

There is a wonderful shawl pattern on the band of the terrifically expensive yarn ($50) Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace, a 50/50 merino/silk. It's a pie-wedge shawl with pointy edges all knit in one piece. Satisfied any lacy urges on my part.

I made a second one in Cherry Tree Hill merino lace - $36 (less on eBay sometimes) with enough yardage to make two of the shawls!

jackie said...

I have seen the pie lace shawl, or at least a version of it on the web. Yummy. Thanks for the idea.

lala and gleen said...

Yay!!! Another needle felter out there in blog land. If you are ever in Nova Scotia you should check out creations by Sana Rahola - amazing!!!!

Keep on creating!!!