I did finish The Heat Advisory Shawl for my oldest son’s fiancee, see picture on the left, :). I like the way it turned out and after getting it wet and rising it has fulled a little and is really pretty. The picture underneath is a close up of the lacey bottom.
I’d like to start a pair of socks now, but I will need to split the yarn so I can do two at a time to make sure they are the same length for the leg and foot :), and first, I need to start those fingerless mitts for the little one’s teachers school year end gifts. I have decided on the Au Clair Fingerless Gloves, they are very cute, I will give more info on those in the next few days. I have also started another one of those 2×2 ribbed newborn hats, great yarn and cute pattern. 🙂
I have finished the Mother of All Shawl I was knitting for a special family member for her Prom dress. She hasn’t seen it yet, I asked her to bring her dress over so I can get a picture of her with her dress and shawl. 🙂 This was a very fun knit, had to pay a little attention (as with all lace patterns) but not a lot and it was a peaceful shawl to knit. I will definitely knit this one again :).
Will get back to the socks to see if I can’t get at least one of the socks done to see what I might need to change on the next pair, there are always changes until you get things adapted to your knitting style and gauge. 🙂
Well a special family member loves owls and asked me for a bag to show her love for those little critters. So we went shopping for the fabric and there were two she had a hard time choosing from so I bought them both and used the larger print for the outside and the smaller print for the inside, tho it’s reversible and she can change it if she wants :).
I am knitting on the Mother of All Shawl and only have 1 1/2 mini skeins to go. Hopefully I will be done by Sunday :). It’s really a fun and relaxing knit and is really pretty. I haven’t taken an updated picture but will take a picture of it when it is finished and blocked. 🙂 Then I can get back tho those socks I am almost ready to turn the heel on.
2nd Skein Done
.I got the 2nd skein of the cria done. I love spinning that, it is soooo soft!!! On the right is a picture of the size so far. I have just started the 2nd skein (which because of a problem when I was plying is a little less yardage than the first skein). I should have enough for a 3rd skein and I’m gonna need it, not sure how much the
yardage will be, I will just spin until the fiber is gone.
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Here is an up close picture of the lace design. Instead of the way the Wisp shows in it’s pictures, I am just leaving it a retangular shawl that she can put around her shoulders. It will be very warm and soft. 😉
It has sure cooled down, but then I knew it was going to be an early winter, my ferret and bird did their molting and sheding thing in early August when it was still hot.
3rd Comfort Shawl started
Yes, it’s the same picture because I finished it on my lunch hour at work and gave it to her so I didn’t get a finished picture, I know, I’m bad. She was so surprised and held it close and said, it’s so warm. I hope it will give her many days of warmth and comfort.
I’m starting another shawl, but this will be the one that I’m spinning the cria (baby alpaca) for a friend just because. I have one skein and a spool on the wheel that I need to spin more onto and then ply it so that will give me 2 skeins. I will need 3 maybe 4 skeins for this shawl. It’s one I’ve done before, the Wisp shawl. It’s light and very pretty. I think light and airy for the warmth of the alpaca would be good, because alpaca is very warm.
I’ve been so moody this week, and then it hit me why, today would have been my youngest son’s birthday. Happy Birthday son, I miss you.
I had to take Thor to the vet’s last week end. He’s having some bowel issues and they put him on anti-biotics and a steroid. She said if he’s better after the round of anti-biotics (the steroid is in the anti-biotic) then it was a helobactor infection and he should be fine, and that is my hope. If not and it comes back then it was an inflammation problem and the steroid was taking care it in the lower colon area, and she will try a different anti-biotic for the lower bowel and see if that takes care of it, and if not then she will have to do a biopsy to see what is going on. Poor Thor was not a happy camper about getting his temperature taken (he had a sore bottom) – this was his first trip to the vet and I don’t think he likes vets now :P. I’m glad I had a some savings, and it took it all. This is why I don’t recommend ferrets to those who do not like to spend money at the vet’s office as the ferrets get older, because you will. I have my own health check up’s coming soon and when all the free wellness checks that my health insurance takes care of for the year are done, I will be dropping my health insurance so that I can use the premiums I was paying for to take care of Thor. He comes first. Other than the free wellness checks (and they cover a lot of things), it was more of a catastrophic insurance plan, because it doesn’t pay for anything until I’ve spent $5,000 out of my own pocket, except for the wellness stuff.
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The gauge wasn’t coming out right, so I frogged it and decided to go up to a size 9 needle from a 7 since I was doubling the yarn (one strand too light a weight, 2 strands a little too heavy but closer than the 1 strand) . The pattern called for a size 8 needle, but I was using a 7 since I knit a little bit more loosely than others and generally have to go down a size needle to get the correct gauge. The gauge is now more correct and the 10 skeins should make the shawl, tho it will only be 58 to 60 inches in length instead of 63, because I will run out of yarn before I get it that long. But it should still be a nice length. This yarn is very soft, which is why I wanted to use it. A comfort shawl should bring comfort in every way possible. I’m almost done with the first 2 skeins so I am about 1/5 of the way done.
Off to bed, 5:15 am comes awfully early. Will be soooo happy when we get that hour of sleep back when they turn back the clock next month, which is almost here!!!! I love that as much as I do football :).
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This is the Wisp shawl. I made it a little wider than the pattern (I think the pattern was probably written for someone who wears a size 6 :P.) I put ribbon around the neck line so it wouldn’t fall down. It seems tho that you button the short button side to the long side or you can put ribbon in the neck line (which is only woven in and can be adjusted to fit) and button the top button like I did for a more traditional style cape type shawl. Hope my friend will enjoy this :).
I have started spinning my beautiful and extreemly soft baby alpaca roving. I can not reiterate enough, how soft this stuff is!!! I’m gonna love the capelet I make with it. Searching for patterns now. 🙂