Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Queen Anne's Lace and other knitting

The shawl is slowly growing. I am now up to row 87. YIPPIE only 73 more to go groan... I am wondering if this shawl will get finished in time for the wedding in July. But I will keep working on it as time permits. The picture is how the shawl looked at row 77. SMILE that is TEN rows ago.

I did finally sit down and figure out that I have about 45 minutes of knitting time I can almost count on at work with another 1 or 2 hours at home if I am lucky and Ms Violet behaves and I don't come home exhausted and simply fall into bed.

I have also been sidetracked by other projects. Hats for the kids and me, socks for me and DH, other simple little but time consuming things.

The current hats are for Hunter and one for his little sister Isis who is my new grandbaby. Ya know you can't simply give one child a present both have to get one. Actually I stared Hunters hat first so I could learn the pattern. It is a variation of the Entrelac Hat by Lorraine Major I picked a blue camouflage yarn made by Bernat thinking it had nice long color runs. OOPS nope they are short ones and are making stripes! I think it is rather odd looking entrelac.

Back to the wedding shawl.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I am a bad blogger again (warning heavy on photos)

But I do have a bit of an excuse...

In March they started to paint the store I work at. I am allergic to paint fumes. Needless to say most of March passed in a drugged haze. Sometime in the middle of the month a large box was delivered to the store for me. To give an idea just how bad I felt I did not run out immediately and pick it up even knowing it was there and that it was my brand new spinning wheel! I waited until I had to go into work and picked it up then. The box was huge thank goodness I have a nice station wagon type car.

Of course I was not sick enough to hold off once I got the box home. I did have to stay up and put the wheel together with a bit of help from Ms Violet. She also had to inspect the finial product.

Grin isn't it lovely? Her name is Josephine and she is a Jensen Ashley with a 30 inch wheel made in black walnut. She spins like a dream! Now to save funds and get her a house mate in cherry grin I am still sorta yearning for a Tina II like I learned to spin on..

So that was March. April just as I was starting to feel better DH had a stroke, a mild one thankfully but still enough to mess life up for a while. And this was his second on in just over a year which has all of us a bit worried. While he was home waiting for the okay to return to work I took him to a yarn store where I was getting weaving lessons. HE TOOK OVER MY LESSONS!

He loves weaving! He is also good at it. This is that very first weaving project. I had made the warp but had not finished warping the loom. He did that, chose the weft, and did all the weaving. Nancy our instructor says he shows real talent. His birthday was May 11th and he got weaving items and was tickled pink.

However the real present did not come home until last week. Nancy found a used Baby Wolf loom I could make payments on. The look on his face when he found out he had his own loom was priceless. Grin I figured the loom was probably the cheapest physical therapy I could get. Needless to say I was thrilled when I was told that weaving was also one of the best therapies he could have to recover from his stroke!

I did manage to get some knitting done on the wedding shawl and a few other projects while DH was busy weaving. I have been learning Entrelac! I have a pair of socks started in it and as soon as I can find my dpns will have a baby hat started for OUR NEW GRANDDAUGHTER! She was born yesterday more information will be posted later including photos.