One Crazy Fiber Lady

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One Crazy Fiber Lady

Little Stitches

June 10th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Judging from all the comments I got, my boy is a perfectly normal energetic boy who will keep me on my toes for years to come. I try to let him be, and think of ways to expend the energy. The backyard with the swingset and various other bits and bobs is pretty good for that, as well as the park around the corner. Now that the pool is open, the liner fixed, and the water filling, we should have another avenue for tiring him out, at least for the summer.

Orkney Pi

Sorry to have disappeared. It was a combination of a new video game and getting sick that has kept me away for so long. Fortunately, I had a pretty productive two days in bed though. Thursday I made some serious progress on my Orkney Pi. I’m actually a bit further along than this picture shows. I took this shot on Wednesday while on the ferry to the office. I have probably another 12 or so rounds completed beyond this point. I’m seriously considering cutting this off at the end of this section. I’m pretty sure I killed the other pi shawls at this state too, but I’ll have to check. As it is, each round has 640 stitches. Right now, this is the easy knitting project as there are no socks on the needles at the present. Amazing I know.


In Thursday’s mail was the yarn I ordered as another candidate for Wedding Ring Shawl. I found it on fleegle‘s blog as she was vetting possibilities for Princess. This is Yarn Place’s Angel in color 217 – Dusty Rose. MMMMMMMMM. I swatched it on Friday and fell in love. What a joy it is to work with. It is STRETCHY! Gotta love that about merino. It makes those little tiny stitches actually workable. No problems doing a k2tog where one of them is a yarn over! I have a new favorite laceweight yarn. Even before blocking my swatch (which I seem to have lost yesterday during my commute), I knew it was the right yarn. I cast on as soon as the swatch was dry and I got tired of fondling it.


Using some perle 8 cotton that I now have on hand thanks to the bobbin lace hobby addition, I cast on the multitude of stitches that make up the center square. Sorry for the lousy color in the next three pictures. I took them in the car this morning while I was waiting for the train.

Here you can see the progress I’ve made so far.

I’m absolutely loving it. Yes, Unst is on hold for the foreseeable future as THIS is the project that I really wanted to work on. So after nearly a year of swatching yarns, I finally am working on it and enjoying every minute.

Jewel Box Quilt

I’ve also resurrected another long dead to me hobby: quilting. I ordered this kit a while ago from a seller on eBay. It has been sitting and quietly calling to me from my bookshelf, hoping to insinuate itself in the hobby queue. Wednesday evening, my monthly Craft Book of the Month Club arrived and it was a quilting handbook with serious amount of text devoted to hand piecing/quilting. I seriously considered hand piecing even though my two previous forays into quilting had me using the machine to piece and then hand quilt. But, I wasn’t ready to commit to that quite yet. So Thursday while knitting and watching the tube, I loaded up a Simply Quilts episode from the DVR at random. What was it about? Hand piecing. I’d call that a sign and broke out my supplies and started hand piecing. Amazingly enough, I can sew straighter by hand than by machine. Sick. With no socks on the needles, the piecing has become my pocket book project. Those pink triangles get sewn to white triangles along the hypotenuse to form a square. If i counted right, there are 40 of these squares to put together. Before I knew it, I had 10 of em done. I managed to do three while waiting for the kids’ graduation on Saturday (that will be another post as I don’t have pictures quite yet). Good purse project.

hot hot hot

Finally, I took this picture on the way home from the train last night. It was about 6:40 pm. While summer is my favorite season by far, I could pass on thermometer readings like this one, especially in JUNE and when accompanied by 64% humidity. UGH. The heat wave is supposed to end today. My fingers are crossed.

Craft on (and stay cool!)

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Tags: Lace · Quilting · Wedding Ring Shawl

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nancy // Jun 10, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I. Hate. The. Heat.


    Great yarn for the shawl. It’s great when you’ve looked for so long and you find just the right one!

  • 2 Kelli // Jun 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah to quilting. I am finishing up a fourth baby quilt in as many months and am looking forward to a break.

    The dusty rose yarn looks yummy…although little comfort in this gawdawful humidity.

  • 3 --Deb // Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I got in my car at lunch yesterday and it said 109! Of course, some of that is parking-lot-heat, but still. You already know how I feel about hot weather…

    Oh, and quilting? I’d rather hand-piece than machine-piece anyday, and besides, I like a hobby I can relax with. Sitting bolt upright on a chair in front of a sewing machine is pleasantly productive, but NOT the same as sitting in a comfy chair!

  • 4 Elsie // Jun 10, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Risa I can’t wait to see your WRS when she is finished. It will be beautiful . I am hoping to pick up this pattern at some point even if I have to wait until 2010!

  • 5 Jessica // Jun 11, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Love the yarn for the WRS. Gotta love that bouncy merino.

  • 6 Hillary // Jun 11, 2008 at 10:37 am

    The yarn for the WRS looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it all finished.

  • 7 Ina // Jun 12, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I like Yarn Place yarn, but one can’t trust the ballbands. Be sure to check the website for corrections to the label (eyeroll) and weigh your balls.

  • 8 Pam // Jun 12, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Okay Risa, I’m curious! What video game?? I’m interested in quilting too, but not sure I’m ready to open that can of worms yet.