Monday, 22. August 2005
I started the Diamond Fantasy Shawl on Sunday, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Initially, I thought that I’d be doing a lot of re-knitting because the pattern appeared complicated, but I could not be more wrong. Sivia Harding is a genius! I am totally enamored with the simple yet beautiful design. What you see here is just the first repeat of the pattern and I’m loving it.
And guess what? I finally decided on a color for the Cherry Blossom Shawl. It’s a lovely reddish/pink lace yarn by Handpaintedyarn. Two hanks of Geranio. And I purchased a hank of their Velvet Grapes just because. One can never have too many lace shawls or scarves. It’s soft, it’s plush… it’s a nightmare to wind by hand. And that vinegar smell.. whoosh! Actually, I think I’ll just try to go to my LYS and see if they’re willing to wind it for me. Think they’ll let me?
Maybe I can start hinting around for a ball winder for my birthday. I’ll be turning 26 in two weeks.. so it’ll be perfect timing. woohoo.
*Edit: I left to have a martini with my colleague right after I posted… and thinking that I am immune to the alcohol, I picked up the shawl and knitted away. Two hours later, all the yarn is now re-wound into the ball again. Ha ha… martinis and lace knitting don’t mix, yo!
Wednesday, 17. August 2005
It’s been a week since I’ve posted the webpoll, and of the 82 votes so far, 35.37% of you have selected Peppermint, with 23.17% voting for Sunset. I googled knitbloggers who have used Peppermint, and their photos (albeit amazing) have confirmed my suspicion – the pink ain’t dark enough. And I quote Cartman from SouthPark: “Sheiza!”
There has been knitting this week, in some very pale pale pink merino yarn (well whaddaya know? The color resembles Peppermint so much so that it’s almost freaky). As of right now, it will be temporarily known as… The Pink Blob.. No, I jest. It’s actually I do from Knitty. And it’s not for me. There’s a little story behind this:
Friend: “Winnie!!! I’m getting married!”
Me: “Yay!! Congratulations! When is it?”
Friend: “It’s the end of the year, and I have a light pink/white strapless dress. I need a wrap to go over it. Can you knit I DO for me?”
Me: “Bitch! You know I can’t say no to that!….”
Friend: “Heh heh… I know..”
There’s a KAL for this, and although I’m not in it, I have been stalking their progress on the shrug ever since I committed myself to making this lacy thingamajig. There’s a pattern error on Round 60, and I found this link to be uber useful. I’ve got one piece down, and the other piece shouldn’t take much longer. After that, I just gotta Kitchener stitch and block like a mofo.
Feeling a little “ah..what the hell”… I purchased the Diamond Fantasy Shawl pattern and splurged on Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Green Mountain Madness. I’ve made a conscious decision to stay away from pink for this one and damn it, it’s going to look awesome. I visited A Mano Yarn in Venice and just sat on the floor with all their colorways spread out before me. It took me all of 40 minutes to decide on this one. Yea, once you decide you’re gonna throw some cash into it, you had better make sure you won’t regret it. And so, blues and greens it is.