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Saturday, June 10, 2006

doily madness and other business

It's been 2 busy weeks since I last posted. To get up to date:

Pioneer Day was great. Here are a couple pictures of the square dancers and some little butter makers. I was on Team Butter, and of course it was a 90 degree day and we were in the hottest spot...we had some melting issues but for the most part, butter was made and the children enjoyed it. We had the leftovers on our biscuits and corn at lunch. Emily had a great time, and especially enjoyed the candle making and tin punching.
The last day of school was Thursday, so we will probably have less knitting time for a while.

In the past 2 weeks, I've completed the cucumber cool top, and worked on some "mystery" projects. I cannot post pictures of the completed stuff because I'm going to submit them for publication, but here is a snippet of the mystery stuff: Note the blue for Project Spectrum June?

I also started the Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks in Basil Zephyr wool-silk, and I'm currently at row 70. I have not been even remotely successful at participating in the Summer of Stash because there was a ridiculous sale that was impossible to resist - trust me - deal of a lifetime on high-end yarn. I have also started knitting Nautie from for Roger for Father's Day, but I am actually using stash for this. OH WAIT! I was using stash for my mystery projects too...maybe there is hope for me? I have 2 different unfinished socks on the needles. I still have not finished my linen lace cardigan.

Finally, for some reason I felt I needed to make a doily. I used a pattern from the First Book of Modern Lace Knitting , the "Azalea" design. I just made a glass sized doily out of some #30 crochet cotton, ecru, on US 0 needles. You can see by my blocking picture that it is far from perfect:

The "madness" was not with the actual knitting of the lace which was pretty fun, but rather with the starting and finishing. I'm not a crocheter, the center starts with a crochet chain circle. I didn't have a teeny tiny hook, so I think that is part of the reason my center is wonky. The edge is finished with a crochet loop bind off, and although I went a got the proper sized miniscule hook for the job, it was still very challenging and probably took me way too long. I'm not giving up on this, though. There are some really cool designs in the book that I want to try, and I may even incorporate them into a shawl.


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