Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I have started a new shawl and I am doing another Evelyn Clark and this one is Heartland. She knit it originally in Buffalo Gold. Since I am not a millionaire, I can't afford it. I am using Colour Mart's pure silk in lilac steel and no, I didn't pay a fortune for it. I am using a US 6 long shaft Addi turbo lace needle. The pattern calls for 550 yards. I think my cone has 500 yards on it and I have three cones so, that is not a problem at all. The yarn still has the mill oil in it and will bloom when I wash and block it. Several people on FB have said they love it and can't figure out the color of the yarn. Well, it is a lilac and it is beautiful. I am on the 1st repeat of the second chart. I have to do 4 repeats of this particular chart before I move on to the last chart.
The pink swallow tail is on my blocking board and I noticed I had missed one point so, I had to squirt it with the water bottle and pull the point out. So, it will take a bit longer to dry than originally expected. Maybe it will be ready on Thursday instead of tomorrow as I had thought in the beginning.
Will I knit more lace projects? Oh yeah, I am hooked. I have the yarn stash for it as well. I have been collecting yarn for about 11 years now. Time to use some of it already.
I even have my Christmas presents picked out to knit. I am thinking of starting a Faroese shawl next and it will be a birthday present. I chose the yarn out of the stash but, I am rethinking it. I will dig around and see what yarn to use for it. That is the great thing about having a huge yarn stash, there is a big quantity to choose from. I don't have to settle.
If you aren't a millionaire either, then check out ebay for yarns, elann, and colour mart. I love elann since they have a credit system after you buy $500 in yarn. You get a nice $50 credit and it helps when you are dirt poor and can't afford to buy yarn that you just have to have. I love those credits, they are wonderful.
I may be teaching someone to knit soon. He expressed an interest in getting rid of his stress and he wants a hobby. I said I would teach him to knit. It is very relaxing. We shall see if I have another convert. :)
Posted by Laura Neal at 8:00 PM