Wednesday, November 14, 2007

So I've been busy!

Is that really an excuse not to post finished Princess pictures?

Ok, so we had a crazy week or so with the MIL in hospital, that definitely qualifies as a valid excuse.
The rest of my excuse basically boils down to FO'S.

And while I have been busily knitting on other things too, this is about the FO's as it shows some actual achievement.

Pants for little David.
A pattern from knitty, Blu, that I was dying to use up the last of my denim yarn on, but even these didn't extend to the last ball, so I have a solitary ball of denim now, waiting patiently to get used up in some cute little project.

They clearly need a little finishing.

As does this, the whisper scarf one.

Upon finishing that I quickly started a new one.
The florence scarf also from Fiddlesticks.
I am using Malabrigo baby merino lace, which is stunning, I fell in love at first touch.

Clearly a bad picture, and to be honest I am not loving knitting this thing already, I had planned to send to Sis for Christmas, but I seriously doubt it will be finished.

I did finally block the Faroese shawl, but bad pictures persist, I will try again later.

I finally finished the mitts for Elizabeth, my handspun from Bluefaced Leicester I got at Etsy. The plan is a hat too.

Noro is nearing completion, I have two more rows of squares ready to be sewn on.

This blankie is going out to the log cabin that Ron is building on our Bush property out in Mosport, Clarington, that is also nearing completion so I will for sure post piccies when that is done.

Also, as part of a guild group we have been braiding rugs, here is mine so far, there is a little bit of bump in it, that I keep thinking I should fix now before I get any further, but I keep going and regretting that move with each bit I sew up.

This is also going to the cabin.

Princess is clearly determined to be a rather prickly thorn in my side forever.
It needs blocking again, that's for sure, less length more height is needed.
And clearly asking a person half your height and well over 1/6th your age to try to take picture's is not the wisest of things to do. Due to darkening days I ran out of people of a decent stature to take daylight pictures outside, and resorted to the shrimp doing the photog's for me. Clearly this is one of my dafter moments.

The end result of half pint taking pictures while trying to balance precariously on a tiny chair is me resembling the Hunchback, and Princess not exactly having her finest of hours, although the poor thing has seen worse.

Good old coathangers.

Clearly lacking considerable brain power today too. I almost forgot to add some blocking pictures.

On spinning, I have almost completed the classes I am taking, and loving it so much, we had a great week two weeks ago with a lot of light bulb moments on everybody's part.

So much sampling, trying out new techniques, great fun, odd results.

Our spinning instructor is having us come up with a final project for our last class on friday, I have of course gone with laceweight. Using the new skills I have acquired, I am washing some beautiful corriedale fleece I got earlier in the year. Flick carding, always preserving the lock, so that I can do a worsted prep and worsted spin.

Not going to badly I think.

And finally, some mohair I received from a guild member, that wasn't in the best of shape, the mohair had been washed once by the person selling it, and clearly needed another wash, which I tried, then let it get bone dry, and tried Laritza's dryer method to remove some of the debris.

It came out good enough that I now want to play with it. I didn't want to screw up the entire lot, so just did half.


fleegle said...

The model's can't interfere with the glory that is your Princess shawl. I bow to your mastery and perserverence. Myself, I am on row six of the first border repeat. Sigh.

The pictures did overshadow your other postings, but going back and hiding Princess from view, I have to say everything is lovely.

Wannietta said...

Wow - you've been very busy!! Princess is absolutely gorgeous - truly an heirloom!

Jason said...

Holy smokes! You've been busy. I had to see better pictures so I tracked down your Flickr account. LOL Princess is gorgeous!

Laritza said...

Looking at your Princess shawl makes me want to pull mine out! Lovely! Congratulations!

Dorothy said...

Fleegle is right - the pictures cannot hide the stunning glory of Princess. I'm still in the swatching stage and shaking in my boots at the thought of starting. Just beautiful!!

Lisa said...

Holy. Shlamoly. THAT is fabulous!! Where, oh, where do I get the pattern? (Not that I'm supposed to be buying anything--I'm supposed to be finishing things, but what the heck.)