In a Word: Perfect!

Yesterday, I blocked the other half of my Wave of Color Moebius. I must confess it was dramatically easier than the first half, since I now knew what I was doing. Actually, it was only about a quarter of it unblocked, but I pinned out 3/4 of it, with the unblocked portion in the center of that arc. Using the same specifications I used for the first part of the blocking – mats 3′ square, pinning to about an inch from the edge, a point at the compass points with 4 points between each of those, using my flexible wires. Amazingly, this time it only took me a few minutes. 🙂 Once it was pinned, I used a rag dipped in water laced with some no rinse wool wash to thoroughly wet the majority of the blocked area. The wool wash acts as a wetting agent so the yarn truly became saturated – a “must” for blocking. I really figured this was a rough draft blocking, and that I’d have to redo the job to different dimensions once I tried it on, but when I took it off today and slipped it over my head, I discovered it was absolutely perfect! It fits me beautifully and comfortably, and it’s flattering, too! I honestly think it looks better on me than my mannequin. 🙂 I’m thinking I will get a lot of use out of this item, and there may be another in my future. I’m also thinking it would look really great with a pretty brooch or shawl pin at the twist…

One other thought… For quite some time now, I’ve been more than a bit envious of the gals who have those cute, petite bodies to show off their finished knitting projects. Now I have one! It’s amazing what a person can find on Freecycle! ;o)

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Loose Ends

I continue to dash about from one project to the next, staying so busy I scarcely have online time, and doing so much that I’m overwhelmed with ideas for blog posts – that made even worse by being so busy I can’t even get them up half the time! However, I’m absolutely loving our warm, gorgeous autumn this year. I needed something to help jump start me back into real life, and by having this continuingly beautiful weather, I feel like I’ve been given the gift of almost having my summer back, but with nicer weather. Only thing marring the perfection is the reality of the calendar page…

The past 24 hours, I’ve been tying up some loose ends on knitting project, some of which have been hanging around for a ridiculously long time. Thought I’d share those today, since I just took a slew of pictures, updated them on Ravelry, and have them at the forefront of my mind at the moment.

First in line is my neck cozy, which I named “Who Needs Mink?” on Ravelry, because the Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky yarn I used is so deliciously soft and snuggly. I bought the pattern, Fancy Neck Cozy #089 by Lynda Gemmel of Cabin Fever, at Knitter’s Connection last year and started knitting it in August. I didn’t just sit and knit it, but rather had it stationed at a location where I found myself with a few minutes of time on my hands with great regularity. The short rows were great for this, and I felt like I got the knitting done on it virtually for free. 🙂 I found this marvelous Raku Button from Odddesignsnc on Etsy, and I am thrilled with the way it looks together. The colors in this button picture are the most accurate. So, what was the hang up that made it take 14 months to complete this little project? There were three components to the scarf – the knitted section, the big button, and a smaller button, which is sewn to the back of the big button and is what actually fastens the two layers together. The hold up on the project was that once the knitting was finished, the big button came up missing, and when I found it, I couldn’t find the little one. I finally got those two together, but the knitting had vanished! When the knitting showed up again, the box with the buttons had slid into a hiding place! Then when I had all three parts, it turned out that the button I had for the back was far too small…

Thankfully they are all together in one place now, and I intend for it to stay that way! 😉

The second project isn’t quite finished, as the blocking has to be done in (at least) two steps. Half of it is pinned out right now, and I’m definitely enjoying looking at the color play of the Crazy Zauberball yarn. 🙂 This is my Wave of Color Moebius, a pattern designed by Birgit Freyer. I started knitting it along with the group on a KAL last October, and despite all the other things I was doing, I was managing to stay pretty close to on schedule with it until tragedy struck. I was on the final row – the single crochet finish to the bind off edge – when I ran out of yarn. My LYS didn’t have another ball, and frogging it back to remove one repeat sounded agonizing. I was finally bailed out by my best friend, who happened to have a ball in her stash that she’d picked up on an impulse buy. However, by the time it was in my hands, I was seriously diverted, and the Moebius had lain forsaken for almost a year. Once I found the right size crochet hook and actually sat down to do it, I was finished in about an hour, which, of course, made me feel pretty silly about the year bit. 😉 Right now, it’s out on the blocking boards drying. The big challenge for me was tackling the blocking part of the project. I wasn’t sure how it would work, and I’m not sure at this point if it has! I fought with it for quite a while, trying to figure out how wide to spread it and what sort of distance between points. I couldn’t get it right, despite numerous attempts, and it was starting to get dry. Finally, I got out my flexible blocking wires, and that was a vast improvement. Currently, I have it pinned to within an inch of the edge of my blocking mats, which I have set up in a 3′ square. I pinned one point at each compass point, leaving four points between. I’m really curious to see how it looks blocked to this size. I know I loved the concept totally unblocked, though the knitting looked pretty lumpy like that. I hope I’ve not stretched it so big that it loses what I found so appealing. Stay tuned for more on this project!

My last project to share has been done for a week or so, but I finally took my finished project pictures today. Happily, there are no confessions attached to this project. 🙂 I started it on September 7 and blocked it on October 12 this year – just 5 weeks, despite some major interruptions. This is my Catenary Shawl, pattern by Kiersten Brandt, knit from my 4th skein of handspun yarn, about which I’ve already blogged. Although this pattern was much simpler than my normal lace shawl knitting, I really enjoyed making it a lot, and I’d actually consider doing it again sometime. It seemed to go quite fast, perhaps because it’s knit from tip to tip. The rows never get extremely long. The construction is definitely unique, and a good blocking is absolutely mandatory, as it comes off the needles shaped quite differently than it finishes. Catenary is a perfect handspun project, because you can knit to the center with half your yarn, then go back out to the other end. A good set of scales will help you maximize your yarn usage. I ended up with a whole 14 yards left when I was done – and yes, I was sweating it close to the end!

Majoring a Minor

I did something tonight that would have felt like a small step had I done it 15 months ago, but today, it feels like I did something really major. And I’ve been looking at things the way they were for so long, it looks funny suddenly being done – no matter how small the step actually was.

So the “what” is a step forward on the nook project, with the specific task being to install the handles on the cabinet that will be under the TV. This has been sitting with only one handle in place, and one drawer on the floor beside it since August a year ago. The drawer was out because with no handles, it’s a challenge to open the drawers. I was originally going to put on the handles as I finished painting drawers, which is why only one was installed. Last week, I decided that since the other drawers are done and can’t be put in place until they are painted, those should be first, and meanwhile, I wanted to be able to utilize the storage space in the lower cabinet, so handles it was! However, it really wasn’t as easy as grabbing a pencil, ruler, drill, and screwdriver. You see, this cabinet is a horizontal surface, and I don’t know about you, but in MY house, a horizontal surface doesn’t remain empty for 15 months… 😦 The floor in front of the cupboard is also a level surface… in a recessed area… which wasn’t being used… Suffice it to say, I’ve spent a lot of hours properly excavating the area, since I didn’t want to just move the problem around, and by tonight, I’d reached the goal…

And tonight, I finally added handles! Drawers are partially filled, but this will be a work in progress. The things that belong in them are scattered widely around the house, having had no good home for the past 27 years. It’s in very close proximity to the computer, and for the most part, it will be housing office supplies  – mostly the spare stuff that I buy in bulk or just keep extra stocked. The bottom drawers are built with heavy duty glides and I sized them to hold more than a case of printer paper each, so you can see how much storage space I’ve gained in this. 🙂 Next time you see this, I’ll either be showing off the next tier, or you will see paint on more than one drawer, but for now, I’m just one happy person having done this much. 🙂 15 months is a dreadfully long time to live with stalled remodeling projects!

Published in: on October 17, 2010 at 4:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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For Everything a Purpose

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember a couple of years ago, I knitted my first Fair Isle project – a felted (actually fulled…) basket, which decided to become tall and slender instead of short and fat as I’d planned. It still looked really neat, but instead of a low, bowl type finished project, I had one that blocked perfectly over my bathroom trash can, and it simply could not perform the same function. It wasn’t quite stiff enough to hold its shape long term on its own, so I sacrificed said trashcan to be a liner for my basket and bought a new one for the bathroom. Thankfully, the trash can was actually one of the colors in the basket, and it sort of looks like it was all intended. However, I’ve been shoving it around in my sewing room every since, having absolutely no idea how to use the thing, despite really loving it.

Meanwhile, my Navajo spindle spinning project has been awkwardly stashed in a plastic grocery store bag – not the best way to keep a long pointy stick, a lot of wool, and a ceramic spinning bowl safe and contained. The current rash of cleaning had everything surrounding this bag nice and tidy, and of course, the bag looked like trash right in the middle of it.

Since I’ve put these two thoughts together, you surely know what’s coming. It only took me HOW long to have that eureka moment???

What do you think?

From this day forward, I think I’m just going to pretend like I made that basket on purpose just for my Navajo spinning project. 😀

BTW, the beautiful mums were a gift from my lovely daughter when she came to visit a couple weeks ago. 🙂

Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I’ve Been Aging!

Yup! And I’m really pleased about it, too!!!

Now before you go rushing to call the guys with the white coats, let me explain…

For very obvious reasons, I’ve not been able to work a bit this year on the remodeling projects that have become such a normal part of my life that it won’t seem right once they are actually finished. In fact, I’m relatively sure I’ve not touched them since a year ago September. Things have just been that crazy! However, we continue to have warm, dry weather this autumn, with days that are really too hot for my taste, but bearable with the cool nights. They have been enticing me to do as much of the neglected summer projects as I can manage, and today I attacked one that I’ve been putting off for a very long time, simply because I was terrified of it. The thing is, though, I have a friend coming over once a week or so, and she’s helping me with some of the de-cluttering that I need to do. Our current project made it very obvious that I need to get back to working on the nook, and one of the next steps there involves painting the DVD cubby and drawers. Drawers can’t be put in the cubby without handles, and that brings me to my project de jour.

The nook project requires quite a variety of hardware – various knobs and handles and hinges and such, and I was about to tear my hair out trying to find all the assorted items in complementary styles and the same finish. I was doing pretty well with one exception… the pulls for the DVD drawers. I wanted the style that looks like the one on the old library card catalog drawers, and hours of searching didn’t turn up good quality, solid brass with an antiqued brass finish anywhere a few years ago when I was looking. It also had not escaped my notice that antiqued brass finish was substantially more expensive than shiny new brass. Of course, all the stuff I wanted was actually available shiny. Shiny finishes make me nervous, though. They seem to demand a level of attention that goes far beyond my interest to provide. Every smudge or water droplet is the enemy, and mars in the finish just glare. I can’t happily live with shiny! One day I was sharing this frustration with yet another representative of yet another hardware company, and his immediate response was, “Why don’t you just antique them yourself?” I had a knee-jerk reaction to that, and it was rather negative. That is NOT the sort of thing that sounded like something I could or would want to do, but he persevered with his advice, telling me it was really easy, then adding that his company actually buys everything in shiny brass and the employees antique them in house when more are needed. Then he topped it off by giving me their “secret” method. In a moment of weakness, I caved in and bought the aging solution and two dozen brass handles. When it got here, I KNEW I’d been temporarily insane, and I packed it all in the hardware box and tried not to think about it for the last two years.

Now I have no choice. These handles HAVE to be done, and the continued good weather even killed the only excuse I could come up with. It took a while to find a small plastic container, but that was the hardest part of the project in the end. 🙂 It really was as simple as he said it was! All I did was toss the handles into the container and pour the Brass Ager over them. They were jumbled together and it worked just fine, by the way. I left them for about 10 minutes, then donned gloves, curious to see what I had.

Wow! Black! Next step was to scrub off as much of that black as I could, using 0000 steel wool, then toss them back in for another 10 minutes. Of course, they were just as black the second time, if not even better. If I’d wanted the blackened brass look, I could have stopped right there, rinsed them, and left them to dry, but I wanted antiqued brass, so I steel wooled them a second time. I didn’t really want any black on mine, so I worked them over pretty good, but this is purely a personal taste sort of thing. The cool thing is that if you take off more than you want, you can toss them back into the aging solution and try again! When I brought them into the house, the different lighting showed some spots I wanted to work on more, but now I’m pleased as can be with my handles!

I didn’t want to drop the screw down into the aging solution. The thought of trying to steel wool 2 dozen of them made my skin crawl! Instead, I held them loosely in my gloved hand and dunked them, then left them sitting on a protected spot on my workspace for a bit. I ended up dunking them twice more before they were about right, then I rinsed them.

Here’s the before and after comparison. I only did half today, since I’m still limited on how much time I can stand in one spot.

Tomorrow I need to go pick up some clear lacquer spray, since I want to arrest the patina where it is right now. If I wanted them to continue to age naturally at this point, I could just leave them alone, but that’s not a good option for me with the rest of the hardware having been done elsewhere and finished. All in all, I invested less than 90 minutes on this, and the expense was negligible. The only remaining problem is that the thumb went out of my glove, and I’m sporting a dandy patina of my own now!

Published in: on October 10, 2010 at 11:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Toys and a Poll

I’m going to be taking some spinning classes this fall, and in the process, I’m going to have to face down some fears. Long ago, my first spinning experience came with a drop spindle, and it clicked perfectly with me. In a matter of minutes, I was making good yarn. Then I lost my spindle and roving (perhaps because it was all stored in a trash bag?), and it was years before I found another. (Be nice! This was before internet!) Somehow, in the ensuing years, I lost whatever it is I had that made things go well for me with a drop spindle. Although I love spinning on supported spindles, the drop spindles continue to tax my patience beyond belief – especially since I know that I “can” do it somewhere deep inside of me.

So, I sign up for classes and discover that successful drop spindling is part of the game – gulp! After a couple weeks of consideration, I came to two conclusions. First, since my default spinning seems to be lace to fingering weight yarn, I need to get some lighter spindles. Second, if I’m going to have to spend time conquering this new old skill, I wanted tools that I could truly enjoy, so the task was more pleasant. After a few more days of debate, I finally took the plunge. Of course, I’m me clear to the core, and I couldn’t make a final decision, so…

First, I went to Etsy. Now I have a tremendous prejudice against top whorl spindles, basically because I’m constantly proving why they are called drop spindles, and when a top whorl spindle hits the floor, the yarn cop slides down the spindle. Sliding it up tends to start messing with the shape and stability of it, and before long,  I have a misshapen wad hanging on the shaft of my spindle. Bottom whorls prevent this little problem. However, I think I’m part of only 1% of the world in this preference, based on what is available for purchase. There were almost no bottom whorl spindles on Etsy, and the few that there were just didn’t thrill my spirit. I’m not into the wooden wheel on a dowel look – at least not when I want something that teases me into playing with it. I also had specifications that the spindle was to be between 1 and 1.5 ounces. However, I did sort of find the cutest little Turkish spindle, and it followed me home – HONEST! 😉

It’s under class weight, being well under an ounce (actually just 0.7 ounces), but how could I leave this adorable little baby motherless? And it’s beautifully made. Just for the record, it has lots of equally adorable siblings in Threads Thru Time’s Etsy Shop… And if that isn’t enough to tease you into thinking about letting one follow you home, I grabbed a lock of the Shetland fleece I washed a week or two back, and look what it helped me make! Now THIS is an enticement for me to play with a spindle! 😉

Now, that I’d thoroughly explored and abused that rabbit trail, getting nowhere nearer the goal of a spindle for class, I started to wonder if this might finally be the time for me to cave in and get a Golding drop spindle – something I’d been holding off doing, as I had considered it more an achievement award than an enticement to spindle at all. However, after searching diligently around the site, not one bottom whorl spindle was in sight. So much for that idea… until a couple days later when yet more searching had still not turned up “the” perfect class spindle, and I went back to the Golding site – for about the 17th time. This time I spotted the phone number and made a call. 🙂 Happy me when I found out that many of their standard spindles can be made with a bottom whorl! Unhappy me when I had to decide which “ONE” I wanted most! And I have to confess that I thoroughly failed in the end…

and bought not one, but two…

This one with the marvelous Celtic sheep has a 2.75″ whorl and weighs precisely 1.5 ounces, so is at the top of the suggested weight range. Still, it feels lighter to me than the wheel on a dowel things I’d tried, so I’m feeling hopeful. Besides, it’s seriously cool just to look at!

And this one with the rosette has a 2″ whorl and weighs just a tiny hint over 1 ounce, so is at the bottom of the classroom suggested range. The petite size made it feel comfortable from the moment I touched it, but I’ve not tried spinning with it yet. There’s something important I need to do first, but more about that later…

So the bit about having a horrible time making a decision… well… there is still that “reward spindle” concept floating around out there. Perhaps I need a special top whorl once I re-conquer this skill… :o)

And now for the poll…

In an effort to figure out why almost no one makes pretty bottom whorl spindles, I’d like to know what people like best. Perhaps I really am part of 1% of spinners. 😉 Please feel free to add additional thoughts and insights as comments to this post. You may pick as many as three answers.

Spinning Autumn

After a week of hard work and no spinning at all, my leg was starting to complain a lot for missing its physical therapy. I’m happy to say, it’s much more content now after two evenings enjoying the company of Tiempo, my Sonata spinning wheel. 🙂 I have to confess that I’m more than a little bit happy, too. I love what I made! The success of this spinning venture is that I finally produced a thicker yarn, AND it’s soft and smooshy and wonderful!

I blogged earlier here when I’d started this project using the Oaks and Hickories from Three Waters Farm. I got back on Etsy to find something black in BFL fiber, and the closest I could get was this Brindled Black from Skeinwinder.

In the listing, I couldn’t really see the large, lighter colored area, and I was worried when I received the package. It’s different than I’d expected, but it worked out just fine in the end, I think. I bought 8 ounces of the black, plying half of it with the Oaks and Hickories, and the other half back on itself, giving me two perfectly coordinated yarns. The colors are truest in the last photo – the one with the buttons.

I’m hoping I have enough to make a vest for myself, and to that end, I did some button shopping on Etsy, too. Are these not the cutest things? Since the original autumn colored roving was called Oaks & Hickories, I simply couldn’t resist the idea of squirrels and chipmunks for buttons. These adorable offerings are made by Robin of Buttons by Robin on Etsy.

The Oaks and Hickories BFL roving from Three Waters Farm was a delight to spin, and the colors were so intensely beautiful that they about took my breath away. The shortcoming was that when finishing the yarn, there was a lot of dye loss in the bath, and I finally had to get out the vinegar, because I was tired of rinsing. Colors still look fine, though. 🙂 The Brindled Black from Skeinwinder had a much lighter dye loss, but both roving proved challenging to spin. There were matted areas in them, which made stripping the roving apart very difficult and drafting virtually impossible in several small areas until I picked the fiber all apart in those places.  That headache will be forgotten in a few more days of owning the beautiful yarn I made, I’m sure!

Details: Both yarns are varied about worsted to aran weight. I don’t have a good way to weigh these yet, but the rovings were sold as being 4 ounces each. Two plied together to approximately 8 ounces for the autumn tones gave me 371 yards, and the 4 ounces of black plied back on itself netted 200 yards. They look pretty even, so I’m guessing there is some weight discrepancy from the original rovings. I also have a few yards of singles left from the Oaks & Hickories, though not enough to really count for much.

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program

# 1 Daughter showed up this past week, which was both expected and unexpected. I knew she was coming, but she came earlier than planned, which threw me totally off-kilter. Far be it from me to complain, though, as I’ve had a totally wonderful four days. It’s always tough to see her leave, but we made lots of memories while she was here, and I have more than a little bit for which to be grateful. Actually, I think she should get the daughter of the year award based on just this half week!

I doubt I could even begin to list everything we did, but our activities included a spontaneous late night grocery run the night she arrived, in search of some suddenly craved ice cream, and resulting in a cart full of goodies, which later became 3 delicious meals. One night we had my special Veggie Brie Burgers with Portabello Steaks and Avocado Halves. Another night we indulged in her wonderful Pierogies and my addition of Virgin Pina Coladas. The third, we had the little known, but always tasty Sloppy Idas with Onion Rings and Fresh Peach Halves. I left the table totally sated every night, each time thinking it didn’t get much better than that. 😀

We took off on an expedition one day, supposedly picking up walnuts that were promised to me on freecycle. However, after the half hour drive to get there, we found only 3 nuts! Driving back down the street, we found another house in the neighborhood with a yard full of them, though, and a knock on the door provided a resident who was only too happy to see his yard cleared of the things. Next project for me is getting the hulls off and into a dye pot. 🙂 It was a beautiful day, and even thought it was the middle of the week, there were three yard sales set up. Having been housebound for nearly the entire yard sale season, this was an exciting development for me, and I did find a couple of treasures, though my daughter is the one who got most of the booty. I’m especially fond of:

  • My bell – Although you can’t tell it from the photo, this thing is as big around as a roll of toilet paper, and the clapper decidedly thicker than a broom handle.  It’s got the most amazing bass voice, and it gives me goosebumps to hear it ring! It will need a very special home, and I confess to buying it without putting a lot of thought into that at the time. I just couldn’t walk away once I heard it ring! I’m wondering what it’s original use was…
  • Little Turkish Rug Loom – also nabbed quickly, despite the fact that my last name is not Allen. I’m not sure, but it just might be Bleuette scale, and regardless, it’s a very interesting loom just for studying.  I’m starting to realize I might have to confess to a miniature loom collection now, as this is at least my third model scale loom that could actually be used for weaving.

We did some small needful tasks for her – choosing a ringtone for her new cellphone, finding homemaking goodies she had stashed here and needed for her new apartment, and such, and a few for me, like blocking my Sweetheart Lovey at long last,

but the main part of our energies went into some serious decluttering work for me. Since I’ve been able to get around the past few weeks, I’ve been picking at some projects and making good progress within my limits, but my daughter’s visit dramatically accelerated things, and I’m going to be smiling for weeks! There is a lot that needs done around this place that I simply can’t do alone, and it feels oh-so-nice to have some of them so much improved. I’m afraid I’m not posting before and after pix. I rarely have the nerve to share before pix, and as for after shots… what is miraculous to me right now isn’t exactly Better Homes and Gardens yet, so…

We did some major reorganization and fall cleaning in my bathroom, leaving just the parts of the project I can do easily on my own, and we worked long and hard in the “store room,” which is the center of my online sales work, storing merchandise and functioning as my packing center. It had become impassable this year as hubby toted stuff in there, and I couldn’t monitor what was happening. Now it’s functional again, and with effort, I can actually get up and down the stairs about once a day, so I’m looking forward to getting back into business again soon. 🙂 The shelves are seriously overstocked!

The last place we did some major work was in the back storage room. It’s a long term commitment, as there is the equivalent of an entire fabric store and more back there. It’s functioned as my attic for quite a few years, and it looks like it! I’m paring down my fabric collection dramatically, deleting much of the synthetics and blends, stuff I bought for my little girls now long grown, and yardage bought for a much younger me. My daughter is snagging some great fabrics for herself, I’m pulling out some pieces to list on Etsy, and the rest is going to Christian Aid, delivered by my daughter who lives near their warehouse. Each time she comes, we go through a few more boxes until we get her car filled for the journey home, and I end up feeling that although I’ve given away a lot of dreams and more than a little bit of truly great fabric, it’s going to a place where it will be used in making a real difference. This year, I suddenly got this brilliant idea to repack all of my original yarn stash into plastic tubs while we were back in that room. Funny thing happened, though. I now have 4 big outdoor trash bags of mostly acrylic yarn on my porch, waiting to be delivered to a charity, and only a shelf and a half remaining upstairs, most of which is in afghan quantities for gifting. I just discovered going through it all that I no longer found it appealing to do that much work with acrylic yarns, and emboldened by the clearing out, decided to release it to a new home. Honestly, my biggest guilt about the whole deal is feeling like I should be whipping up Project Linus Blankets and Homeless Hats with it, but I know I just won’t be able to make the time for that right now, so I’m being brave!

The last big event of her visit was my completion of the prayer shawl I’ve been knitting for her while she was in Honduras. Not only was it a joy to finally give it to her, but it also completes one of this year’s annual goals – finishing 3 old UFO’s. 🙂  I love the way it came out, and she really liked it a lot! I think I’m going to miss this project, though, as it was a special bit of love to work on it while praying for her. I felt a bit lost as she pulled out of the driveway with in on the seat of the car beside her.

The pattern I used is the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl, which can be located online for free though Ravelry. Once you get in the swing of this pattern, it’s quick and easy, and most experienced knitters will probably find they memorize the pattern without much trouble. This makes it a great option for a prayer shawl, especially if you like to pray while you knit. You can use pretty much any yarn you would like for this shawl, as it starts at the top and is knit to the desired size with only a 6 row repeat. I wanted to gift hers today, so I didn’t use quite all the yarn I bought, quitting after about 5.5 balls instead of using all 6, about 1177 yards. I used a delicious hand-painted, superwash, worsted weight wool from Beyond Basics, but which is sadly enough discontinued.

Now, I guess it’s time to go back to real life.  I’m certainly feeling the void this evening with her gone, but in many ways, she’s still here as I look around and see the fruits of her visit and think of the doors that have opened as a result. She may be gone home, but I’m going to be benefiting from these past four days for years to come!

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