Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ciruclar Progress

It's a gloriously cool Saturday here in Central Virgina - overcast and rainy, but still gloriously cool! In fact, the season's first marching band competition this evening will probably tend more toward cold and will provide a great excuse to break out a sweater!

Speaking of sweaters...and wool....and's an update on my Circular Vest progress. I'm ready to place stitch markers for the sleeves - then it's more circular knitting for me. I like the weight of the Noro Chirimen. It's mostly cotton and blended with a little wool and silk.
Circular progress
Ishbel is also going well. I only have three more lace patterns until I finish. There wasn't much knitting time this week as I had to be out of the house on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday evenings. Unfortunately, most of today will be spent getting caught up on excess paperwork.
Ishbel progress
I'm also resisting casting on for Girasole. I bought the yarn a while back after seeing Janice's beautiful completed shawl. (link is to Ravelry-you must be a member to see it) I'll be knitting mine in Dream in Color Baby's November Muse with hexagonal beads. They're very sparkly!
Dream in Color Baby-Girasole
I also was sucked into - I mean lovingly convinced- to join The Enchanted Woods Lace Shawl KAL sponsored by the lovely ladies over at The Unique Sheep. The KAL doesn't start until January which is, I think, I the perfect time to have a nice warm shawl on your lap! Do you think you might have some time to knit along with us in January? Check out the KAL at the Unique Sheep linkie on the sidebar!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Yay for Saturday!

Here's's a beautiful, cool morning here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge - I can feel a hint of fall in the air.....oh yes, and rag weed


There's plenty of coffee -


...and a little time to make more progress on the Circle Vest

circle vest progress

before switching to Ishbel, and then to odious cleaning and reading for class. You see - on Saturdays, I always eat my dessert first! Excuse me while I get back to my pie.... :)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wollmeise clapotis in Vincent :)

Finally - la clapotis is blocking. I love the results, but can't say that I think it was a "fun" was was mindless, at felt endless........there - that's pretty accurate! That said, I'll probably knit another one someday especially because it shows off Wollmeise colors so well - a fact that will give me an excuse to acquire additional skeins of that particular lovely, but somewhat elusive yarn. What's your favorite Wollmeise pattern? .......or do you prefer ogling it & fondling it to actually knitting it? :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Three Things on Friday

Hooray - it's time for three things on Friday. Why? - because today is Friday and I just happen to have three knitting/spinning things to report - that's why!

1. I've have feenished ze clapotis - et voila! Tomorrow is for blocking. I'll use my new blocking wires and mats from KnitPicks. More pics will certainly follow.
Wollmeise Vincent Clapotis

2. Before school this morning I started the Circle Vest in Noro Chirimen. It's a wool/cotton/silk blend. I'm hoping it will be a three season piece. There's a whole lot of ribbing in this one!
Circle Vest beginning

3. This arrived today in mail......thanks again, Bev, for the Plurk post about the Labor Day code! This is from Andrea at NaturalObsessions. The silvery lavender roving is 100% Lyocell. I couldn't resist its shininess. Andrea included a pretty blue sample of's oh-so-soft and a little sample of Soak.
Lyocell in Unicorn Tail

...and now back to my regularly scheduled Friday night knitting! Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Top Whorl in Porcelain

This little piece of lovely is a drop spindle with the palest-green-ever porcelain whorl. I found it over on Etsy in Dyann Myers' shop. She has a couple others and many beautiful porcelain mugs, bowls, and platters. Go on over and check her out!

In knitting news, Ishbel is ready to get all lacey, but I haven't had time to sit and knit on her.
Ishbel progress

I'm hoping to get back to it this weekend while we're up at Shrine Mont. I'm looking forward to doing nothing but sitting and knitting! Doesn't that sound perfect?