Sunday, September 30, 2007

Let it Snow!

Oh, if it only would! We've had such a hot and humid summer this year, here in Southeast VA. I am ready for fall. We don't seem to get much in the way of winter here. I believe it snowed a total of fifteen minutes last year. So, I 've decided to make my own snow. It's the Winter Wonderland Shawl, a gorgeous pattern, designed by Sharon Winsauer. You can find it here:

The snowflakes are so much fun to knit. I think I'm addicted to them. I am on my fifth so far, and they are all so different that I know I won't lose interest. It's fun to block them as you go, because they're so small and easy to pin out. Once the snowflakes are knit (out of Glimmer Alpaca, so they have a little sparkle), you knit a hexagonal lace border "background" around each one, and then sew them all together. I'm using Jaggerspun Zephyr for the lace borders.

Well, I have been sucked into the happy vortex that is Ravelry. I've spent several hours tonight and last night setting up my notebook. It's coming along slowly. What a great tool! I think it's going to help me with one of the main reasons that I started this blog. I'll let you know what that is, tomorrow....

Back to Ravelry!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Oh Happy Day!

I tell you, this was meant to be. After setting up my blog yesterday, I awoke this morning to find that I have been invited into Ravelry! Perfect timing. I am there as, Bereni, but haven't had much time to explore the site yet. I figured that I could easily get lost in it and then I would never get a post up on this blog tonight. Then I started getting distracted, anyway, by something called, Sock Wars. It is amazing how one site leads to another and another.... You know, I think I could get into killing someone softly, with socks.

Instead of a big, long introduction about myself, I think I'll just let things come as they will, and hopefully all the pieces will fall into place. I'll let you know this much up front. I am happily married, with no children, except for an incredibly personable orange tabby guy named Punkinhead (aka, PH, but he prefers to go by KittySperk, or just, plain Kitty). Here he is happily curled up in Daddy's arm.

Pssst! Let me show you what I've been up to. I took a little trip to some of the local thrift stores the other day. I came home with five sweaters. One heathered, sage green beauty was a blend of mostly cashmere, with some mohair added. Here it is taken apart and being unraveled!

Skeins of curly cashmere!

Washed and drying.

Four gorgeous, fat skeins of laceweight!

It was a large, man's sweater in almost new condition. The yarn was very easy to unravel and seems to be strong. The color reminds me of looking up at a sun-dappled forest canopy, so I'm thinking it may become the Forest Path Stole. I've been wanting to knit the FPS for a few years now, ever since it came out in IK, but could never decide on a yarn for it. Now I know why. This plain 'ol v-neck sweater (which cost me all of about four dollars, by the way), was somewhere waiting for me, dreaming of being transformed into precious, delicate lace. Heh heh. Score!

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Wow, what do you write in your first post on a new blog? Now, that I have it all set up, I am soooo sleeeepy.... I imagine that I will be adding and tweaking for some time to come. If anyone happens to stumble across my new, infant blog, I welcome you. Tomorrow, I will really post... tomorrow.... I will even include photos of what I've been up to... tomorrow... yes... tomor...zzzzzz