Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Knitalong Cancelled

Margaret and I had planned a new Knitalong. But we were sidelined by health issues that are going to prevent it. We are disappointed, and sorry to disappoint you! There are some things that can't be avoided!

This blog will continue to function, to encourage people who are knitting this pattern.

Margaret Pittman and Mary Hunt

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

Hi Everyone,

I just can't believe how fast this second shawl is coming along! I am at 18 repeats right no (been working on it for 9 days!), and I think it needs to have about 22 repeats(about 40 more rows) to make a 54" shawl for my Grandmother.

I am very lucky to still have both my Grandmothers at the age of 44. My oldest son is 22 and he has them as Great-Grandmothers...isn't that fantastic? I know she will be totally thrilled with it. Of course, then I need to make a third one for my other Grandmother too!!! I have three children at home too ages 12 (daughter), 9 (son), and 6 (son)...all from the same brood...been married for 25 years now. (That's my family--also have two pugs, a 14lb persian cat, and 2 angora rabbits)

My daughter has been admiring my shawl too! Maybe I need to make a fourth shawl? Is anyone else thinking about doing some for gifts? I never make anything for myself usually. My knitting is always a gift for someone.

Has anyone thought about shawl pins? There are some beautiful patterns for beaded broaches and some really "elegant" stuff to go with the shawl?

Thanks for all the compliments. I love the rich color too. It will go with so many things. It is the color of stitching in jeans too, and could even be worn with more casual stuff? The shawl can be dressed up or more casual. The baby alpaca is so wonderful and soft...it blocked out like a dream.

I checked in to see if anyone was talking about the next knit-a-long.

Bye for now,
Lisa in Pulaski, WI

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

Close Ups to Come

Hi Everyone,
Here are two pictures of my finished shawl! I need to take some close-ups too. It took me a bit here to figure out how to post the pics.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k165/fibermaster_2006/LisasElegantShawl.jpg

http://ls88.photobucket.com/albums/k165/fibermaster_2006/?

I am really proud of it of course! I am going to try to post some pictures showing more detail of the stitches too. The shawl is so light, but very warm. It is done on size 5 needles with a sport weight baby alpaca yarn. I have knitted anything like this before.

Here is a shocker...I started another one with the same yarn for my Grandmother in a nursing home. I am going to make her a 54" shawl to match mine. I will be visiting her in November in Maine.

I took these pictures in 90+ degree weather here in steamy Wisconsin. I want to take some with a more artistic flare later! Maybe find a sleak stylish model?LOL

Lisa
Pulaski, WI

Friday, July 14, 2006

About Done???

About done? Am I about done? Bwahahahahahahahahahah, noooooooooooooo, I'm not. She of the ever expanding pile of ufos, er I mean projects, and mother of preschoolers and bickering nine and eleven year olds? No, not me.

It is beautiful, though. I was working on it while visiting with a friend, and I kept saying, "Oh, look at that pretty colour" "Oh, look what colour has popped up now".

Kate, whose little boys are finally asleep, so she should be too.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

FINISHED!

Hi Everybody,
Well, I finished my shawl last night (at about midnight!) It is so beautiful, and I am going to block it tonight (couldn't find my t-pins and had to go out and buy some...)

My son had to go back in for more medication with the pneumonia today. It isn't any worse, and he didn't have to go into hospital this time, but he is still fighting the bugs. Thanks for all the well wishes! He is all of 44 lbs...and so little...he tugs at my heart.

Wait until you see my shawl! Figured at this point should just block it and post the pics...
Lisa

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wedding Shawl...

It's been a little over a week since the wedding and while I don't yet have photos from the photographer, I thought I'd post an update.

Tina wore the shawl for only a short while and for a few photos. Everyone who saw the shawl commented on how pretty it was.

Since I had so much yarn leftover from the shawl, I decided to make something for the bridesmaids with it. I had less than a week to work on something, but an article in the most recent Spin Off magazine gave me an idea of what to make. The article was about chiengora yarn (dog hair) and included a pattern for coin purses. I'd planned to make a coin purse for myself using yarn made from Lila and Dafni's hair, the two dogs we lost recently, but I thought the alpaca yarn would also work well for my project. You can see the coin purses by visiting my blog Garden Of Eve. We tucked a pretty compact mirror into each one of the coin purses and gave them to the bridesmaids at the rehearsal dinner, they were thrilled with the little purses. I made an extra one for my daughter and it is what she used the day of the wedding. And would you believe I still have yarn left from that 1 skein of yarn? I'm setting it aside for something special.

Is everyone just about done with their shawls? I'm looking forward to starting another one, but have so much catching up to do around here, that I'm having trouble finding time to sit and knit.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Back in the saddle again

Hi everyone !
I had lost my password and could only read your posts. But now I am back in the saddle, and can communicate too.
I have been knitting along little by little. It seems to take for ever to do one row ! But I know I am more than 1/2 way, because I am on the second ball of yarn !
Yes margaret, I am ready for a new project, even if I am not finished with this one.

Call for Pictures/Another Knitalong?

Hi everyone,

I've been updating and simplifying my website and would love to feature any of your shawls. (I may have to feature a few at a time so that download time will be easier.) If you are willing, let me know by email at Margaret@heritageyarns.com and send a picture or permission to copy from the blog.

I am making some progress on my shawl and know that with tencel, I will be working on it intermittently while working on other projects. Anyone game for another knitalong soon?

Margaret

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

I finished blocking my shawl in Cloud 9 Blue Bayou today. I was surprised at how well this yarn blocked, it didn't seem like I would be able to get much out of it. I soaked it in some lavendar wool wash and then spun it in the machine. I pinned it to the corner of the bed, point at the corner, so I could control the length of the sides. Used two small fans on it for about 5-6 hours and it dried nicely. As soon as I tack down the two ends it will be in the mail to my good friend Sandy in LA.
Patrice