Monday, July 25, 2005


Warning - it's probably going to be boring around here for a while. The two projects I'm focusing on at the moment are a) a possibly futile exercise in lace design frustration, and b) a fine-gauge adult sweater which gains only about an extra half-inch of length on a good day. Bear with me. The updates will be few and far between for a while.

Lacy shawl for baby Muth
I'm continuing on the test pattern. Not only is it taking forever, but I'm getting increasingly depressed that the lace is not looking the way I want. I am beginning to come to the conclusion that I just don't have enough experience knitting lace yet to really know how to do what I want to do. Moreover, I've been hunting on the Internet for some references, and all the books which look like they would help me figure out my problems are so obscure that they are not available from my local libraries or from any major online booksellers. AUGH!!! Clearly this is going to take longer than I thought to design. And in case you were thinking maybe I should do something else for this baby? GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION. Dammit. (Janet.) Don't worry. I'm not out of ideas yet.

Stornaway sweater for BIL (blue)
It is a testament to the gorgeousness of alpaca that I am not bored out of my skull. This pattern just keeps repeating and repeating and repeating, on fine gauge forever and ever. And I am just loving it. (In a soul-destroyingly dull kind of way. ;) There is definite progress being made - it will probably be picture-worthy again soon. One and a half inches left to go before I can start the underarm gussets. Chug, chug, chug.

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