Sunday, November 6, 2011

Not another KAL!!!


I promised myself absolutely no more KAL's until I had at least some of my WIP's off the needles. But after seeing this shawl in person, and meeting the lovely lady wearing it, I had to make one! And I'm so glad I did!
But that didn't solve my problem of all the UFO's I had lying around. So I got ruthless! It was either finish it or frog it time. And I frogged, and frogged, and then frogged some more!! And ultimately, I was glad I did. I actually feel like I might get some things finished instead of just looking at things and getting overwhelmed. Not to mention, it gave me my needles back to cast on more!! :) :) ;)
My current favorite is a shawl from an online class I enrolled in at Craftsy.com. It's their mastering lace class, and I would highly recommend it. Now, I've knit lace before, but Laura (the designer and instructor) broke things down in such a way that I was able to gain an even better understanding of the process of lace. Additionally, she gave some time saving, chart reading and lace knitting tips that will serve well on any lace project you are working on. I'm nearly done with the body of the shawl, and am actually looking forward to the edging. It is knit on separately, so I will be able to practice my knitting backwards from the course I took at Stitches! I'm using a new yarn I discovered from Fibernymph Dye Works, in the Bedazzled base in the color Dorabella. It's super soft and just a pleasure to work with! I'm already planning another one in lace, and am soooo tempted by the Sweet Georgia Yarns Cashsilk! Someone please talk me in to it!!! :)
I've also cast on for the Mamma Mia shawl, and I'm using the yarn recommended in the pattern. So far, it's been a very easy knit, but I have a feeling that may change once I split it for the front! :) But after seeing the sample at Stitches, it was another have to knit it project!
So, the clocks are turned back, and we're settling in for winter. Seems like prime knitting time to me!!
ETA: Not sure why my links aren't showing up as links, but if you hover over the name, the link should show up! :)