Hunting for cobwebs

Well, the good news is the Swallowtail shawl is finished. The less good news is it’s still not blocked. I ended up deciding to wear a dress that I already owned to my brother’s wedding, and unfortunately the shawl didn’t match that dress, so I didn’t bother trying to block it before the wedding. But, I do plan to do so this week, so I’ll be posting a picture or two once that’s done.

Now that the shawl is finished, I needed a new project to work on at my knitting group. ūüėȬ†I’ve sort of been bitten by the lace bug, and one project idea I’ve really latched onto is the Sampler Stole from A Gathering of Lace. SO beautiful, but I not only need to buy yarn for it, but also the book and a size 2 circular needle. I went to The Loop over the weekend and discovered they had the book, which got me sort of excited.

BUT…the pattern calls for cobweb weight yarn, which is fine with me, but when I asked the lady (I think she’s the mother of the girl who owns the shop, the lady that teaches the classes) if they had any cobweb weight…she didn’t seem to know what the heck I was talking about.

Her: Cobweb weight?

Me: Yeah.

Her: Do you mean lace weight?

Me: It’s sort of like lace weight, but a bit lighter…

Her: I don’t know how you can get any lighter than lace weight.

And then she showed me all the laceweight yarns they had, which I’d already seen when I was shopping for the Swallowtail shawl. :-/ Meh.¬†I could knit the thing in laceweight, but I didn’t even see anything I loved for the stole.¬†I ended up just deciding to get some sock yarn instead and to wait until I found The Perfect Yarn before I commit to buying the book and the needles. (Besides which, I can get the book for free on Amazon with my gift certificates. Yay for credit cards with rewards.)

So for now I’m working on the Hedgerow Socks¬†in a lovely burgundy shade of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. Nice quick knit so far. ūüôā

P.S. Anyone know where to buy Centolavaggi? It’s a cobweb weight yarn that comes in a ton of beautiful shades, but I’m having some issues finding places to buy it online.

June 23, 2008. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

What have I been doing?

Ok, I sort of dropped off the knitting radar for awhile due to my costume which, sadly, did not get finished in time for Anime Central. I stayed up all night before the con trying to finish, but at about 5 AM I realized it was probably best to just call it a night (so to speak) and finish my costume for a future costume contest. Disappointing, but probably the best for my sanity.

So, this Saturday is my brother’s wedding. I haven’t bought a dress yet, but I’ll probably end up going with a basic Little Black Dress affair. However, it might be prudent for me to have some sort of light wrap in case the evening of June 21st gets a little cool. To that end, I’m 6.5¬†rows (each containing about three-hundred-and-something stitches)¬†away from finishing¬†a Swallowtail Shawl,¬†which has been a surprisingly quick knit even with¬†all those nupps.

Nupp: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 into one stitch, then on the wrong side of the work purl all 5 of those stitches together, creating a small bobble-type object. Yikes!  Paige was good enough to give me the tip to slip the stitches to a small DPN before attempting to purl them. Worked like a charm!

I should be finishing it in the next day or two, and I am so excited to see what happens when I block it.

June 17, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.