Monday, September 24, 2012


To my knitting friends, is there any better feeling than binding off?  This morning, I bound off the square shawl, and I was very happy.  If you'll recall, I began the shawl during the Olympics, after I ran out of yarn for the orange silk shawl and finished the white rectangular one.  The square began as the book said to, with a weird garter stitch lace pattern.  It was supposed to proceed with another garter stitch lace pattern, but it just didn't interest me, so I found a heart pattern made of nupps that I liked better.  They were supposed to have been followed by a shell pattern, but I knew The Knitting Stitch Library had a better one, so I used it.  That went on for 12 inches and then, I picked a border pattern from Estonian Knitting.
Blocked, lying in the sun
Hot off the needles!
  This shawl was so much fun to knit!  I loved it, even when it seemed as if one row could go on forever.  I even loved it when I had to rip out six rows of the border when I realized I'd goofed up the corners.  I'll miss it, but I'm ready for the next adventure.

I "had" to go to Loopville ( to get some gentle wool cleaner, and they talked me into some blocking wires.  I'd never used them before, so I'm not sure I did it right, but the shawl looks blocked to me!    The center is gathered up from the shell pattern when its unblocked, so I'm hoping it will be stretched out enough on the wires to fix that when its dry.
  They had more of the yarn from Mango Moon that's spun by Nepalese women from shredded saris, so I looked for more of a similar color to finish my original Olympic shawl, but no such luck.  I bought a skein with some orange in it, but it's very, very different from the shawl.  I bound it off, then, and washed and blocked it.  It's also outside, drying in the beautiful fall sunshine.  I tried it on, and I love it!  It's less a shawl and more a scarf, but I will wear it a lot this winter.
   I hit the bead shop while I was in the neighborhood, but that's a story for another day.  There's so much I don't understand about beading, and I'm sad to say that the young woman in the store seemed to know less than I.  But I'm undaunted!  I've promised myself some time at the bead loom as soon as I get the house vacuumed, so off I go!  Have a lovely fall day!

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Day Free of "Need To"

More Isaac on the way
I'd like to thank Isaac for making the rain, which means mowing isn't possible.  Weeding probably is, and de-flowering the front flower bed, poor tired flower bed that it is, would be possible but unpleasant.  So, I am free to be inside, enjoy a day free of Need To, and follow my heart's desire.
Tired and weedy
  And what does it desire?  A little laundry, a little sweeping and whole lot of weaving.  As I wove on Big Bertha last week, I realized how long it has been since I last threw a shuttle and how very much I missed it.  A few times this week, as I got ready for work, or after I came home from work, I walked by Jenny and ran my hands over the huck lace in progress.
Small progress, so far
  This morning, early-early, with my coffee, I sat down to see what stopped me last time I sat before her.  There was a thread catching the weft, now pulled out of shape for having been abandoned many weeks ago.  I snipped the weft, tightened the warp, read the treadling sequence and tentatively started again.  I guessed wrong on the starting point, unwove, looked more closely and started again.
Late Cosmos
  The pattern in the lace is lovely and the treadling is simple enough to be pleasurable without being boring.  I paused to measure the windows again.  I've revised the plan from full-length curtains to two panels on the bottom half of each window.  My house sits up on a small rise, so half curtains will block my neighbors' view, as well as that of passers by, without cutting the light.  I'll have to push them out of the way to see the flowers in the front yard, but it's a small sacrifice.

Window full of Weftie
  So, four panels of 25 inches wide by 32 inches long, minus hems.  I've already woven 10 inches this morning, so I'm on my way!  I've got the loominaria windows wide open, classical music drifting through the house and lots of animals nearby.  I'll listen to rain and keep rhythm with my beater.  What a perfect day!