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Friday, June 22, 2007

I'm still here, don't worry :D.

No..I did not drop off the face of the earth. I've actually been so busy with writing up designs, knitting, being a Mommy, being a maid and just life in general. I know I said I'd have the shawl knitted by the end of last week. Let me just say, THAT did not happen. Although I'm almost done with it, a few more pattern repeats and she'll be finished...finally.

The shawl was really hard to get through. Not because it was a shawl, but because I've knit the pattern 3 times in a row already and I think I'm suffering severely from "been there done that" syndrome. And it seems pushing yourself to do something makes it even harder to plug through.
Once I just gave in and stopped fighting it, it was much easier and I actually got to enjoying it again.

Tell you what though, knit in the Alpaca Silk, it's wonderfully soft! My son loves to rub it against his face as I'm knitting it.

I've also been trying something a little new with the spinning. I wanted to make lace weight and wanted to do it as thin as possible, so I tried the hooked spinning. Basically you take a piece of wire/clothes hanger and bend it into a shepherd's hook and pull out a few fibers while you spin.

It works nicely actually, but spinning while drafting is a challenge. It's not as easy as a drop spindle since the spindle can spin freely on it's own as you join new fibers. This is a challenge and takes a lot of patience since you don't get a lot right away.

See the roving in the back? Isn't that gorgeous!? I love the yellow mixed with the blue. I've tried looking for it on the Blue Goose Glen website, but I haven't found it. I would LOVE to find a color like that again. This was from a sampler pack of different colored rovings. (It was a great way for me to see all the colors up close and personal.) If anyone can tell me where I can get a roving like that, let me know! :D


Monika said...

You and your shawl have/had the same relationship as I do with my cardigan! I'm at peace with it now, knitting away on a sleeve. Still will be glad when it will be done. I would not have the patience to spin with your new tool. And the roving is lovely. If you don't find it, you could send Amy of Spunky Eclectic a picture of the roving and try to get her to replicate it.

Batty said...

Beautiful shawl! And I love how that roving is spinning up, simply gorgeous!

Kirsten said...

I hope you find more of that roving. It does look like a beautiful color.
The shawl looks like it will be worth the effort!

Valerie said...

That is beautiful roving! I can't wait to spin yarn that is actually pretty! The shawl is looking fantastic.

Plugging through things, sucks. -=giggle=-