Thursday, July 24, 2008


Wounded...I'm woooounded......battered and broken and bruised.......

Like the song says, I'm wounded. Seems like I have developed tendonitis in my thumb. Yeah, I said it, my THUMB! Didn't think thumbs were so important in knitting. Heck, I didn't think thumbs were that important at all! But try to hold a US 1 knitting needle for an hour, hit the spacebar on the computer, or twist the lid off a jar without using your left thumb. The doctor and the occupational therapist both say I shouldn't knit at all for up to four weeks, wear the black brace from hell, and try to not use that thumb at all (except for gentle flexibility exercises). Yeah, right. Ravelympics start on August 8th and I'm signed up for the Sweater Sprint.

I have gotten a few things done, however.....a pair of baby booties (no baby to go into them, just booties....)

And half a pair of socks.....

A bunch of other stuff on the needles, but nothing significant. I'm stuck in a knitting space warp. I knit and knit an seem to get nowhere fast. But I'm itchin' to do another big lace. Seems like the only thing that makes me happy these days.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Long Goodbye

Last pic of the Wedding Lace. It certainly wins the "most photographed project" prize around my house. I love this to death - and of course, it goes to it's new home on Sunday. Isn't that the way a knitter's life goes? The things we love the most never stay. We have to say goodbye to them.

Now this next stuff is my latest find, and I love it! It's called Flat Feet. It's a machine knit flat piece of superwash merino fingering weight. It's knitted undyed and then dyed after it has been knitted flat. THEN, you knit right off the flat and into your sock. The result is a hand-dyed sock yarn that is a total surprise until it comes out. Grab-bag knitting at it's finest. Knitpicks offers the pre-knitted blanks, so you the hand-dyers among you can do this yourself. After I finish playing with at least one of my Flat Feet "skeins" (would you really call them skeins?). I might try my hand at dyeing a couple of the Knitpicks blanks. Do I detect a new obsession looming?

I'm knitting a top secret project that has been bandied about on a couple Ravelry boards, and puttering around with a sock in Maizy, too. This is a wonderful non-wool sock yarn.

That's about it on the knitting front. My DH's insistence that I become more involved in the family business, and a flare-up of tendonitis (or arthritis, Dr. doesn't know which) has slowed my knitting progress considerably. The Doctor wanted to know if I could lay off the knitting entirely for a few weeks....yeah, right. Silly Doctor.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Big Wedding Lace

This is some Big Wedding Lace! I love it when I plan a knitted gift and I get it done a FULL WEEK before the big event.

This bit of loveliness is based on the Egeblad doily pattern from YarnOver. Whomever is responsible for the patterns found on Yarnover is a genius! And their love for finding and recreating vintage/antique lace patterns is evident in everything they do. I wish I had half their talent!

I've said it before and I'll say it again....this is not the last big lace I will do. It's about time I do a big lace for the daughter of the woman who I inherited all this lovely yarn from. And I just learned today that they are undertaking a big remodeling project in their house. So a big lace piece will be a perfect housewarming gift once their remodel is done.