Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Changing of the Guard

I finished the Meadows Flowers Shawl last night. I still have to sew in a few ends and block it so when that is done there will be photos. I can't say I'm 100% thrilled with the result at this point but I know that blocking will improve the drape of the fabric. I had 1+ skeins left over from the 4 I purchased. I would just can't stand that feeling that you might run out of yarn while knitting a lace border. My new motto is "Beware Mohair". I fell in love with the colors of the yarn and I guess I'm not crazy about mohair. The word "hair" isn't in there for nothing. It has that furry scratchy feeling to it, even though this blend is 60% mohair and 40% wool.

Although Meadow Flowers is still hot off the needles I have already cast on the Ribbon Lace Scarf by Veronik Avery on While I should have been working in my office today i sat on my porch with skein and needles in hand and a cup of tea on the table. The skein of silk yarn I bought at my local yarn shop, Ewe-nique Yarns, didn't even make it into my stash. It went straight from yarn shop to needles in just a few days. The scarf pattern is so fun and the silk yarn is luscious to work with. I cast on 35 stitches instead of 53 because the yarn was rather expensive and I wanted to avoid purchasing an extra skein. I would rather have plenty of length and not as wide.

I practiced my pipes today while walking through the woods and admiring the wildflowers and new spring leaves. It doesn't get any better than that.


KPiep said...

How exciting! Avery's scarf is on my very soon to do list, and I am also going to be using silk!

I have a love/hate relationship with mohair, so I totally understand.

Someday I would really love the opportunity to hear you play the pipes.

Marie said...

But, mohair is so warm. It's wonderful to wrap around your shoulders on a cool night.

Taking as stroll while playing the pipes sounds wonderful.

Paula said...

Thank you for that vote in favor of mohair, Marie. I do think it will get softer after a soak.

Mrs. H (aka MrsAych) said...

I just found your blog and was scanning through some of your posts when I saw the pictures of your band. I almost fell out of my seat. I know who y'all are! My daughter and I took lessons with the band about 6 years ago! We didn't make it through to the point of getting our pipes, but we still go to the Burns Supper every year and love hearing you guys play.

The Internet really is a small place.

Marie said...

How funny that Mrs. H knew you. I love to read her blog. She's very funny.

BTW - I tagged you on my blog. Feel free to play along - or not.

Paula said...

Hello Mrs. H and fellow Central IL knitter! What fun! I have bookmarked your blog. Did you see my post on The Burns Supper? Our next public gig is the Turkey Festival Parade in Tremont on June 9.

Marie, thanks for tagging me. I will have to think, which might be difficult. But I will try.

Mrs. H (aka MrsAych) said...

I saw the post. 4 of my family members are in the haggis picture. LOL

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