Since I can’t show the shawl just yet, I’ll talk about my other WIPs.
Recently, I was totally taken by doilies. I searched some free patterns, found one I liked, purchased some crochet thread and got started.
I checked out some options for the Table Cloth Project and decided that Aunt Lydia’s would be both economical and a good choice for it because it comes in these huge things with 2700 some yards which means less ends to weave in. I chose some to "test knit" with. I chose the project above and so far I really like how it’s turning out. Here’s something, though… it’s knit on US 1’s. Eeps! I know, I know… a whole table cloth on 1’s? Crazy you say? Yes, you could say that. Here’s the thing, though. I know it will be loved well and it is going to someone who can totally appreciate such a unique handmade item. My work will not be in vain. Besides, this will prepare me for taking on the Wedding Ring Shawl. If I can do this, I can totally do that.
I’m also working on socks. They feel like they’re moving along quickly, but I know that it’s because the last pair of socks I knit were rather tall. Here’s my progress so far:
I’ve been working on Starlight as well. I didn’t take photos, but I’ve done about 5 inches above the ribbing section now. It’s moving right along!
Aside from the knitting, we’re getting ready for Nick’s son to be back and for a brief visit from his parents. They’ll be here on Thursday. Wish me luck!! Knitting will be keeping me sane, so expect to see some progress!
I was on Ravelry (big surprise, right?) and I came across a doilies group. I was reading the threads and completed projects and now I simply MUST knit some doilies! I know that I will probably not use them because they really aren’t my thing, but I love them! I want some of my own – beautiful pieces of small lace. Nick was sitting close to me, looking when I expressed how much I must knit this NOW and I showed him a beautiful table cloth. He asked how long it would take to make. Guessing, I said probably a year, maybe 6 months if I worked on it non-stop. He requested that I knit it for his mother for her birthday next year and I agreed I would. I already know that I can get some of the "good stuff" for making doilies at Hobby Lobby – they have a pretty big selection there.
Since I need the pattern, I need the book it comes in, which is Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kinzel. He said that I can go ahead and order it next week (when funds aren’t quite so tight) and since it’s from Amazon and free shipping is a good deal, I’m also going to get First Book of Modern Lace Knitting also by Marianne Kinzel. I need a little more to get the free shipping still, but I have plenty of books on my list, but I haven’t decided which one yet.
I do have some Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread in my stash that I’m going to swatch with and see how it comes out to see what size needles work with it. I want to work on a small one until the books arrive and I can start contemplating color and material for the table cloth.
In other, non-knitting news, I got some chairs for the kitchen table. We got the table free at a garage sale, but no chairs, so today I went hunting and managed to get some for a total of $160 ($40 each and I got 4). Not too bad. Less than I expected to spend. We needed them since Nick’s parents are coming next week to bring Nathaniel home. We need to be able to sit at the table now that he will be here and while his parents are visiting.
Anyhow, I should really go to bed. I’m going to be car looking with my friend from work tomorrow. She needs a new car – she was in an accident a little over a week ago. No worries, she’s fine, but her car was totaled. Nighty night!