Saturday, March 07, 2009

Busy Busy (How many projects does she have?)












Yes. I have crafting ADD. I went to Stitches West 2009 and have been in a frenzy every since. I have started 2 more projects from the book "Knitting Lace of Estonia" by Nancy bush. Both are using hand spun that I made. First up is Mirlada's Triangular Shawl. I'm using a 50/50 Yak/Silk fiber I purchased from "A Verb For Keeping Warm" in colorway "This is a new day". It's now a sturdy 2 ply yarn and I'm using US 6 needles because this is a very small shawl and is supposed to be knit with fingering weight. The second project is the Queen Silvia Shawl which I'm knitting out of a 2 ply made from Pygora, also from Verb, in the "Shaggy Bear" colorway. I'm add a few beads to this one just for laughs. Yes, I know that the shifting colors of cream and grey are not the best pick for this type of pattern but I love how it feels in my hands and just had to knit this one for myself. It will be a "comfort" shawl I can wear around my shoulders when I'm cold.

There is a picture of a circular blocking wire that I bought at Lacis. I'm hoping it will help with blocking those pesky doily's. I also could not resist buying a book on needle Oya (vs crochet Oya) from the bookstore in Japan Town in SF. I'm just fascinated by it. In the area of weaving I'm experimenting using pick-up sticks to make raised areas on the fabric and with making Leno which consists of twisting thread to make open areas on the fabric. Just a little experiment you understand. I'm up to row 133 of Goldregen so no pictures until I get to the edge of this sucker. January and February just flew by and the knitting is keeping me sane. It's really a lifesaver :-)

15 comments:

Soo said...

The Queen is looking fab! I'm curious to hear how the circular wire works. I find curved edges tricky sometimes.....

Carol said...

I have been drooling over the lace Knittingof Estonia book for a while now. Maybe one day....

Laritza said...

Woven lace :) you have the bug!
I NEED one of those yarn gauges! off to look for the link! Everything as always lovely!

fleegle said...

Those two shawls are gorgeous! I do like the white/gray variation. Gotta hunt up that needle Oya book! The results are exquisite!

Jane said...

Dear Soo,

I like the Queen stole too! It's a bit busy but I love the fluffy Pygora and the beads. As for those circular blocking wires, I hope it works out for blocking doily's. I have some curved blocking wires that came with my set but have never used them for anything. They are a little too difficult to bend. If I use those circular wires I will post it for sure. I may try them when I finish Goldregen.

Jane said...

Dear Carol,

Though the patterns are very simple they are satisfying to knit and give a great result. The Spring Knitty has a nice lace shawl from the same designer who did Laminaria that you might want to check out. It's called "Aeolian" and looks really promising:-)

Jane said...

Dear Laritiza,

It's a disease I tell you! A highly infectious disease LOL! Yes, I am having fun manipulating and making woven "lace". It's really so addicting to weave and I am also happy to find that any yarn that makes crappy lace makes wonderful woven fabric! A win win in any book! I now have 4 yarn gauges from very primitive to the "Oh my God how beautiful!" one in rosewood I just bought. I could not resist having it so I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one.

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

I feel much better hearing that you also like the white/gray variation too. Sometimes I start knitting something that is a big mistake and can't stop myself. This one is really beautiful though. I couldn't resist that book on Oya. I have two actually. One is crochet Oya and the other the needle Oya.I keep thinking that one day I will finally "get" crochet. It still eludes me but I have hope that one day it will click and I will go off on a mad crochet lace frenzy :-) I can only dream!

Jamie/Moira said...

I really want to hate you right now.
But I am in frikken awe of your wonderful prowess.

Wowsers!

Opal said...

i hope you'll post about how you like the circular blocking wire! it looks very intriguing!

Carissa said...

Your work is always so inspiring! thank you so much for sharing :) Your spinning skills are just amazing too!
Love to come to your blog to see your progress :) Thanks for sharing!

Jane said...

Dear Jamie/Moria,
Thank you!

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

Once I get Goldregen done I plan to give them a try. I will let everyone know how they work out :-)

Jane said...

Dear Carissa,

I'm glad you enjoy the blog :-) I also find the blogs of other knitters to be inspiring.

Shell said...

I am glad I am not the only one with a issue of crafting ADD.
I love to see everything you are doing.