Sunday, October 26, 2008

Undulating Waves Scarf

I bought a skein of cabled cotton at The Woolie Ewe several months ago, put out by Shaefer in the Catherine the Great colorway for a KAL at the Ewe. I recently got the beads that go with it and have started the scarf.

I like the color of the yarn and the beads are gorgeous. What I don't like is the weight of the yarn. It is heavy. And when you add beads to it you will have a very heavy scarf. I should have chosen a different, finer yarn and smaller beads. I like Shaefer's Heather wool yarn and might do another scarf in it with smaller beads.

The scarf is going to be spectacular, just not very practical, and I haven't knitted with beads before. You have to pay attention to which side you are working on in pattern and where you have the beads when you do a yarn over. Other than that the pattern is a cinch.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Baby Pictures!

I had an appointment in Lewisville, TX at the Whole Body Healing Center today and was pleasantly surprised to find my friend, Daneen, and Baby Dawson! The last time I saw Daneen was two months ago, the day before Dawson was born. She and Tim had to hurry to OK to be there for his birth. Dawson's birth Mom picked Tim and Daneen to be his adoptive parents and they are awaiting the final paperwork for the adoption. Please keep them in your prayers.

If you have scanned the photos on my blog you may recognize the blanket that Dawson is wrapped it....I made it for Tim and Daneen's doggie, Whisper, and was intending to drop it off at the clinic today. Whisper may have to wait her turn for the blankie. It looks pretty good on Dawson!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Blue Ribbon!

I just got home from picking up my entry in the Grayson County Fair and I won a blue ribbon for my circular beige shawl! That was so cool. The spinning/weaving demo went very well yesterday and I look forward to doing it again next year.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Getting Ready for the County Fair

Tomorrow the Grayson County Fair gets underway here in north central Texas and I will be set up on Saturday for a spinning/weaving demonstration. I am trying to get several different types of fiber for folks to see as well as some yarn spun up out of the same fibers.

I also need to make sure my bobbins are empty, both weaving and spinning bobbins, and decided how to warp the loom with some hand-spun silk that I will be working on during the demo.

I am notorious for taking too much stuff for this sort of thing and I am trying desperately to keep things simple.

If anyone happens to be in the area for the 9th-12th of October just take highway 75 to the Loy Lake exit in Denison, Texas and you can't miss it. I will be there from 10:00 to noon and 1:00 to 3:00 on Saturday the 11th.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Neck Shaping

One of the things I like about the triangle shawl I just finished is the neck edge. After about three inches I increased by knitting three stitches and then knit in the front and back of the next stitch all across the shawl, making sure I kept my normal side and center increases as usual. I did another increase row a couple of inches further along. I think the increases are out of Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle.

If you look carefully at the photo you can see where I began the increase rows. Now that I look at the photo it seems more like four inches before I began the first increase row. The end result is that the shawl rolls toward the front and stays on your shoulders better.