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Wedding Plans

The wedding plans continue to move forward.  Abby and Alex have found one venue they really like, but it’s not available for a full year – I could have told them that.  I think I did tell them that.  In any case, there are a couple of tentative dates now, both in July of 2020.  So, yay!  That gives me a full year to finish…

The Wedding Shawl

Which is going pretty well at this point (touch wood).

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The nupps show really well in this picture, you’re going to have to take my word on the beads, but that word is ‘beautiful’.  There is also a lifeline on row 14 (which doesn’t show up at all, but it’s there and it does the right thing).  I’m currently on row 18.

The KP Luminance is wrapped in yarn socks from Slipped Stitch Studios.  They also do the right thing.

Not the Wedding

I had three interviews last week, two phone screens and one face to face.  I have a second FtF interview at the same place in the works for late next week.  I’m really liking this place, and not just because it’s within easy walking distance of my house.

The ointment for Captain’s eyes is helping.  Definite improvement after a week, although he is beginning to lose patience with the process.  Yes, beginning, after a week of having his eyes dosed twice a day.  Have I ever mentioned how mellow Captain is?

So, now that the shawl and the cat are starting to shape up, my mother in law’s starting to get health issues.  Or, rather, her recovery from the stroke may not be as miraculous as we thought.  I’m sure there will be more to come in future posts.

 

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I think this shawl is going to kill me

So, on Monday I actually wound the first ball of the lace yarn for Abby’s wedding shawl.  I used my trusty nostepinne and an amish swift.  It took basically the whole day.   Now, mind you, I have the time to do that at this point (the advantage of being between jobs).  There was a little bit of awkwardness at first, with that laceweight yarn trying to escape and tangle, but I kept an eye on it and it was fine. it was even pleasant and meditative, and I even got some Netflix in, but still…   I had to put the swift and ball up where the cats couldn’t get it in order to break for dinner.

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So I gave in and decided to use a ball winder.  Of course, my old one is broken.  I asked around to borrow one, but couldn’t get hold of it.  I decided not to get another decent one from Knitpicks (my go to) because it’s a lot of money to spend on something I only plan to use once.  So I got a cheap one on eBay.  It was about $12 (a fraction more than half the price of the KP version).  I figured it wouldn’t be as relaxing, but it would take me a couple of hours to do what it took all day to do with the first skein.

On Wednesday I called my sister Alice.  She’s both my beading guru and my lace knitting expert.  I asked her what kind of beads to get (I was thinking clear, silver lined, in size 6/0 or 8/0).  She said not to get lined, as the silver does wear away over time (yes, we both know, this shawl is going to be worn once, but it’s intended to last).  She also said that 8/0 was death on the eyes, even though 6/0 is a little big for laceweight, and that she thought Abby would really enjoy A/B (opalescent) beads.  Her thinking was that clear was a waste of effort, go for the matching color.  She also very strongly suggested Japanese rather than Czech beads, because the holes are more uniform.

So I went to JoAnne’s – no Japanese beads.  I went to Michaels – they had Japanese, but no A/B.  I was tempted to just get the Es and call it a day, but they only had 11’s and 8’s, and, again, it’s going to be a lot of work now, and probably a single photo shoot, but it’s something I really want to do and do right.

So I looked for a local bead shop.  Bead Soup is pretty close.  I called ahead, and she said that they had ivory A/B in both 6/0 and 8/0.  I went down to Savage Mill and took a look, the beads she showed me were a perfect color match, and I thought the 8/0’s were the perfect size (I have tiny crochet hooks, and if the holes are consistent I was confident).

Then I went home and swatched.  Got gauge immediately.  Added beads to the lace pattern, and I was happy with the color and the size of the beads, but the pattern just didn’t work.  So I cast off the swatch and started another one, with a slightly smaller and distinctly pointier needle.  This time it clicked (I just swatched the edging, the body pattern looks really straightforward.)

Two Swatches

I only used one row of beads, if you look closely at the rectangular swatch you can see just a hint of shine.

Then, yesterday, I wound the second skein of yarn.  Remember the ‘couple of hours’ plan?  Um…  Nope.  Not the way it worked.  The ball winder really wasn’t happy clamped to the table, and the yarn guide didn’t snap into place well, and so I had to keep an eye on it, and that start up weirdness with the swift?  Yeah…  HUGE snarl.  And I didn’t want to put it aside and risk the cats getting into it, so basically I was up until dawn this morning.  No, I mean literally by the time I went to bed the sun was up.  I’m definitely too old for this.  The second skein broke several times, so I have two yarn cakes.  The first one isn’t too bad, but the second one is full of slubby bits and knots…

The shawl calls for knitting two pieces and grafting them.  I figure if I knit them both at once on a long circ I can knit to the end of the second cake, if I’m in the middle of a repeat I can use just enough of the second cake to finish and kitchener.  It’ll work.  (I’m determined).

This is going to be a long haul project.  I usually have a ‘TV’ knitting project going, so if my brain turns to mush I can switch over to that, but I don’t anticipate having any knitting mojo left over.  Maybe I’ll spin a bit, but I’m not even sure of that.

I’m really preparing for this one. I’ve got two separate tiny crochet hooks (one for  beads, the other for the Chinese Waitress cast on and nupps) and I’ve learned the hard way (think tetanus shot) to be careful with those possibly falling on the floor, so now they’re capped with wine corks.  I usually want just the right amount of background stimulation when I’m concentrating on lace.  I have somepodcasts, several new Big Finish productions (and a library of old ones) and three new books from Serial Box.

I’m ready for this…  I’m ready for this…   Wish me luck!

Everything assembled and ready to go

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So here are a few more FOs I’m particularly pleased with, which didn’t get into last week’s FO post.

First, a cute little pouch and a new technique from a great class I took from Nancy Bush at MD Sheep and Wool this year.  It’s an Estonian colorwork technique is called roositud, and it’s one of those things which seems so simple and obvious once you see it demonstrated.

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Basically, the contrast color is woven in as you knit!

I also finished a skein of handspun.

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Alpaca, merino and silk, fingering weight.  I’m pretty pleased with it.

And, a much anticipated crochet project which got done really quickly once I started it –

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This was  a gift for my friend Colleen, who is both a huge trekkie and the best personal chef in Baltimore.  So she needed an insignia potholder.

Finally, a really great oddball project, made with a bunch of leftovers and some of my handspun.

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The purple, which is the one yarn which failed to felt well, is my handspun.  I was probably told that the fiber was superwash, but by the time I got around to using it I had no idea.  MUST be better at using Ravelry’s record keeping.

So the bag is about as big finished as the yarn skeins which went into it.

I actually broke out the sewing machine and lined this one. I did manage to get the old dear up and running, but I may have put her out of true in the process. No, I was not foolish enough to try to machine stitch the lining into felt, but even so I did something wrong.

There might not be many more FO posts for a while. I’m starting on a wedding shawl for Abby*, and it’s going to be a massive undertaking.

I’ve got some lovely silk laceweight yarn from KnitPicks

It took me most of yesterday to wind one skein, and I plan to work both halves at once, so if I must stop short I can just kitchener it together and call it finished.

* We’ve discussed it. I know she doesn’t intend to wear it with the bridal dress, obviously it isn’t likely to be worn more than once. I want to do it and she is excited by the idea, and yes, it will be worth it.**

** Before Steve and I got married, back when ‘Parental Advisory’ labels were a new thing, I was bothered by the whole music censorship movement. Various parents (not mine) told me ‘when you have kids, you’ll understand’. Now I have grown kids, and I still don’t get that, but the fact that I am willing (no, eager) to put this kind of work into a project which will basically be used in one photoshoot, it makes not logical sense, but it’s so right. When you have kids, you’ll understand.

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So, over the weekend, this happened…

Abby and Alex Engaged

So happy!

so overwhelmed by the year to come.  Stay tuned, there will be more…

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