Monday, July 16, 2007

More Inspiration (And Progress on Wedding Ring Shawl)

How can she buy more books and patterns when she knits so damn slow? It's a good question. One I have no good answer for. But I figure that ambition is a good thing. You have to dream big if you are going to knit lace. When I read all the great blogs for everyone out there knitting, I figure we deserve to have what we want and need to express ourselves. Heck, I'm on the wait list for the Princess Shawl too so I continue to slog on to do the border for the Wedding Ring Shawl. I'm about half way through the first border chart (there are two) and it's getting more interesting now, less "dead" spaces where there is nothing but endless purl stitches (gag). Seeing missalicefay's beautiful Spring Shawl made me want that pattern too and laritiza is doing the Hyrna Herborgar shawl so I had to get the Three-Cornered & Long Shawls book as well. They are such great inspiration. So I will let these patterns and books "marinate" in my little pea brain and maybe, just maybe, something will spring forth. Just so long as it doesn't spring forth until I actually finish something first! Good Knitting!

Package From Japan (How did she know about my secret fetish?)

I just had to post these pictures of a package that was sent to me by fleegle from Japan for everyone else to enjoy. How did she know I have a fetish for bags of all kinds and for needlework stuff? Not to mention how much I love getting packages in the mail. I guess that qualifies as a fetish all on it's own. Packages in the mail so often are just utilitarian stuff I or my sister have purchased, yet I still feel like I'm getting a gift. So nice that this time the box actually is a gift! The cat bag and rabbit bag will be perfect for those silk roving's I have small amounts of and the fish coin-purse-fob is now attached to the inside of my purse with emergency money in it. The green/frog tin box is for pencils but I think I will put my stitch markers and cable needles in there. It's multi level and so has tons of uses. The shell/frog pin cushion will be great for my silk ribbon embroidery needles when I make small projects and I am saving the plastic "ring markers" for a special project. The frog bag now holds my tape measure collection and the little purse/tapestry needle hanging thing is on my office cork board along with the card. The little sample of yarn and the ring markers were sent to me earlier but I have not had a chance to swatch with it yet. I love everything! Thank You Susan!