Sunday, March 26, 2006


Well, I finally finished the Bird's Nest Shawl. I used 6 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepard Sport, in the colorways Tuscany and size 6 Denise needles.

Here it is in all its glory. For whatever that is worth because I am not that happy with it. As I was blocking it, it seems the weight of the yarn really made it strrrrreeeeeetch. And egads... the space between the k2tog's and the ssk's appears like a dropped stitch and looks horrid.

I have two options.

One. To reblock, but this time using dressing wires. Hopefully, by pulling the stitches against the way that it is separating, might make it appear a tad less noticeable. If I chose this, I will have to purchase the darn things.

Two. To frog the entire shawl and use the yarn for something else. Oh well... again, I am plagued with decisions!

Saturday, March 18, 2006


I am still diligently working on these two projects.

The first is the BNS using Lorna's Laces Shepard Sport. This was to be a stash-buster, using up 3 skeins that I had on hand. But, alas, I was unhappy with the size that it would be... so off I went and purchased 3 more skeins. So much for well-laid plans. I am just about more than half way through.

The second, another FBS using Sinfonia Omega. It's 100% cotton, that I was concerned it wouldn't block as well as wool. But, them my new Elann catalog came. And there, on the back cover, is a picture of a FBS using cotton too! Phew! I guess it will turn out fine.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Life at the beach.......

It was too glorious of a day, and I spent it at the beach.

Friday, March 03, 2006

The "Treasure Chest" has arrived......

I came home from work and had this huge parcel waiting for me. The return address was Las Vegas, and discovered that I was to be the recipient of Debi's exquisite handiwork. I was never so excited.

The first box that I came upon was this delightful box that appears to be handmade. It contained lavender sachets that Debi had made from her garden, the cutest needle holders, lovely green candles and votive glasses, Eucalan Rinse, AND Filatura de Crosa Collage yarn.

And if THAT wasn't enough, there was this little package wrapped in tissue paper. I opened it to reveal a wonderful handmade, felted needle case. It was stitched my hand and lined with the coolest retro Spooner fabric. But, was a needle case all? No, it also contained 4 pairs of bamboo needles and another Lavender sachet.

And it THAT wasn't enough, there was also the "treasure chest". I gingerly opened it, knowing I was about to see the most exquisite scarf. I was not disappointed. Wrapped in a silk scarf, that appears to be hand dyed, was MY scarf. The work is beautiful and all my endeavors pale in comparison to the superior craftmanship. I had tears in my eyes knowing the struggles that Debi had to endure to make it. It is the most fabulous rust color and oh so luscious and soft.

And if THAT wasn't enough.... under the most beautiful scarf that I had ever laid my eyes upon, there were more yarn, including Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, Classic Elite Yarns Miracle and Austermann Barkarole.

Words will never let me truly express my heartfelt gratitude and respect that I hold for Debi. I have been blessed to have "met" this truly remarkable lady, who will always serve as my inspiration and the wind beneath my wings. Debi, you are my hero!