One Crazy Fiber Lady

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One Crazy Fiber Lady

The Calendar May Say Spring

April 28th, 2008 · 5 Comments

..but I’ve already declared it Summer:¬† my summer of madness lace (and sanity socks).

I thank everyone for their feedback on my quandry.¬† After work on Friday, I did some swatching with the Habu Silk.¬† I can’t say as I really enjoyed it.¬† It was slippery (go figure) and because of the dark color, I couldn’t use my US0 Harmony Needles.¬† I couldn’t see the stitches!¬† I had to use something different, not even sure at the moment what they were but they weren’t as pointy as the Harmony.¬† So I had slick yarn and not so pointy needles.¬† A deadly combination in lace knitting.¬† Anyway, halfway through the swatch, I lost a stitch and boy did it run!¬† That was the third strike.¬† I didn’t even finish the swatch.¬† I pulled it¬†out and rewound the yarn onto the cone.¬† I hope MY will take it back.

Unst Wedding Shawl

At the same time I posted my quandry here, I also posed a similar question on the Yahoo Group for Sharon Miller lace knitters.  I listed the three patterns in contention, Unst, Princess and WRS, and asked for their sage advice.  The darkhorse winner of the lace contest is:  Unst!

Unst Wedding Shawl

I got busy swatching quickly.¬† I kind of cheated and did two sized needles all on one swatch.¬† Didn’t want to cast on and bind off twice. Lazy am I.¬† Size US0 on top, US1 on the bottom.¬† Mom and I both liked the 1’s better and I’ve gone with em.¬†

The yarn, if you can call this threadlike stuff that, is the J&S 1-Ply Cobweb.  It is sturdier than it appears and also a tad crunchy.  Gotta love shetland.  It does soften a bit with soaking and blocking.

Unst Wedding Shawl

While the kids played, I cast on for the center of the shawl.¬† Before dinner, I’d made it through the first repeat.¬† The center square had 10 diamonds across and 19 high.¬† I’m done with one 😉

The purple at the bottom is some laceweight silk that I used for waste yarn.¬† Yeah, I know.¬† It is leftover from Icarus.¬† I couldn’t think what else to use it for.¬† Makes excellent waste as it doesn’t have fuzz to catch the wool.¬† Expensive waste though 😉

I kind of freaked out a muggle on the train this morning while I was working on it.  I saw her out of the corner of my eye staring at me, eyes open wide.  So much for my train project monogamy, though I did work on Clapotis on the ferry.  I think both projects will be heading south this weekend!

Thanks to the encouragement of a few fiber friends, I signed up Friday for WOOL.¬† Can I hear a WOOT!¬† The ‘rents agreed to watch the monkeys and let me go for the weekend.¬† I can’t wait (well I can as it will mean the end of my favorite season) for a weekend of fiber and friends.¬† Should be a blast!

Craft on!

Tags: Lace

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kim // Apr 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    So sorry about the Habu disaster! That sucks. The Unst looks lovely though. Very very psyched that you’re going to WOOL. See you in MD in a few days! Yeah!

  • 2 Jessica // Apr 28, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Whew! That is some mighty crazy *cough* I mean fine (!) lace you’ve got going there! I know this may be a silly question, but what do you plan to do with the FO?

    Yay for WOOL!! 🙂 Can’t wait!

    4 days until Maryland!

  • 3 Dorre // Apr 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    unst looks lovely and WOOL sounds like so much fun…

  • 4 JessaLu // Apr 28, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Pretty lace! Yay for WOOL!!! I’m so glad you’re going! :o))

  • 5 Tina M. // Apr 29, 2008 at 9:40 am

    You are knitting with the equivelant of spun madness! I wish you luck, you are a braver woman than I. 🙂

    I’m thrilled you’ll be joining us for WOOL, it’s going to be so much fun this year, most of my favorite people will be there and I look forward to making meeting new friends.