FO: Seraphim

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Well, I did it. I managed to finish both of my shawl projects before the start of MS3. I wanted to have at least two of them done before I can begin a new lace project. I’m contemplating frogging the Shaped Triangle Shawl. I love the Curry Jaggerspun Zephyr, but I don’t know if I want to do this monotonous body pattern with it. I think I will let it sit a little while longer while I contemplate its fate.

Anyway, Seraphim. I used the raspberry colored laceweight that I dyed awhile back. The base yarn is the Knitpicks Bare laceweight, and the color came out beautifully (even if it wasn’t what I was aiming for- pink is never the wrong choice). The subtly variegated yarn worked wonderfully with the long stretch of stockinette in the body of this shawl.

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Pattern: Seraphim by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare
Size: 79.5 in long by 38 in deep
Needles: 3.75 mm Knitpicks Options needles

I have no idea who will be receiving this shawl. I think that I will be packing it away for when I return to the States. It will be someone’s early Christmas gift.

One last shot of Seraphim, and the next time you will see this one, it will be on the actual recipient.

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Tomorrow is the first day of the Mystery Stole 3 KAL, and I can’t wait!

FO:Hogwarts Sock Swap Socks

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Yay! They’re done. I was worried that they wouldn’t be. It seems like if I haved a deadline, I get bored stuck. The first sock flew by, and took no time at all to finish. The second one, not so much. But finish I did, and with plenty of time to spare. The package should be in the mail tomorrow, and I hope my pal likes them.

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It’s a good thing our feet are the same size, so I had something to compare them to. My Sockapalooza 4 pal is another story…
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Finished! The Shetland Triangle “Shawl”

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I’ve finished another of my shawls for the 2007 Summer Stash Out! Feelin’ good about my progress, too.

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Although this is more of a shawlette, it’s definitely appropriate for a July wedding. If you knew my friend Kat, you’d understand the color selection too. She is absolutely in love with pink. In fact, the shawl matched her outfit because you can invariably find her wearing pink most days of the week. Plus, she really wanted something she could wear over her hip, and this little thing will do the job well.

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Stats:
Pattern: Shetland Triangle Shawl from Wrap Style
Designer: Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr in Coral (from Sarah’s Yarns)
Needles: 3.75mm Addi Lace Needles (love, love, love them)
Dimensions: 42″ x 20″
Next time, I may use fingering weight yarn and do more repeats. This is a light and delicate looking piece of lace. It was suggested as the only thing she wear on her wedding night, which I got a big hug for from her fiance. HE thought it was a great idea, of course!

Mystery Stole 3

I’ve been pretty much stalking the Pink Lemon Twist blog, waiting for the announcement that this KAL will begin. In the process, I’ve really developed a serious obsession with the prospect of spinning my own yarns. You should check this blog out if you haven’t been here before. She creates some beautiful stuff. Anyway, on Friday Melanie announced that this project will begin at the end of the month.

Of course, I signed up.

Meaning that I have got to get at least two of the shawls I currently have OTN completed. I’m finding the Shetland Triangle really easy to do, and hope to have that finished by tomorrow. Of the other two projects currently in progress, the Seraphim shawl is the closest to being finished. My aim is to take the 4-day weekend I have coming up and finish both the shawl and one of the pair of socks I have going.

Wish me luck, I think I may need it.

Yarn Aquisition

I’ve been meaning to post a little on my recent yarn aquisitions (before the Summer of Stash started).

One of my most favorite places to buy sock yarn is The Loopy Ewe. Because I live in Germany, there’s not much opportunity to go out and see new yarns in person. There is an abundance of Regia here, but that’s about it. The Loopy Ewe has wonderful yarns that are delivered to me pretty quickly (read 1 week, which is great). It’s always great fun to get a package from Sheri, because there’s a little surprise in there along with the yarn. My most recent purchases have been Louet Gems fingering weight for a couple of the Cookie A. patterns, and some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. These are two of the yarns she pretty much has in stock constantly. Then there’s the special yarns that get cleaned out in a feeding frenzy-like atmosphere when there’s an update. I do not participate in these. If it’s not there when I go to the site, then I obviously wasn’t meant to have it.

Since I won’t be able to go the States until October, Sheri’s shop lets me get to try out all the wonderful yarns from a distance.

Oh, and Ravelry is DEFINITELY worth the wait. I’ve pretty much got all of my stash uploaded. Tomorrow, the needles!

FO: Kimono Shawl

I haven’t even talked about working on this project, but I’ve been busily knitting the Kimono Shawl from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle. I love how the pattern has come out, and it is just as long as I would like. It looks beautiful hanging from my window.
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My only problem with the project is that the color is so close to my own skin color that I fear it doesn’t look good on me. This may go into the X-mas pile for some lucky family member. I think I may knit another one at a later date.

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Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr in Suede from Sarah’s Yarns (love her)
Needles: Knitpicks Options 3.75mm
Size: 91×25 in.
Start: 12 May 2007
Finish: 3 June 2007