Tuesday, May 30, 2006

More Distraction: Print O' The Wave

Yet another lace pattern, this time Print O' The Wave from See Euny Knit.

I appear to be fixated on knitting lace in worsted and sport weight yarns. This is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted "Forest" again, still in search of the perfect pattern for it. Do we have a winner yet?

I should be working on the Snowdrop Shawl...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted "Forest" Swatches

This wool looks so pretty on the skein, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding a stitch pattern that works for it. So I've tried a few swatches: these two are the latest. The one on the left is the herringbone rib, the one on the right is the snowdrop shawl pattern. Any opinions on which is the winner, if either?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Amazing Lace Team

Black Pearl Snowdrop Shawl

Yarn Harlot's Snowdrop Shawl


One skein of Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in Black Pearl

50% silk/50% wool, 1200 yards

So far, so good...
So I grab my trusty 4mm aluminum circular and get started.
First off, this yarn is FINE; it's like two sewing threads twisted together, I've never knit with anything this skinny before. Sock yarn is bulky compared to this stuff.
Secondly, my old aluminum needles are too slippery for this yarn, so it's off to the yarn store tomorrow to pick up a wood circ.
Third, I think my gauge is a bit loose, so I think I'll go down to a 3mm needle.
Fourth, the needles need to be a bit pointier to sneak around this thread-like yarn.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


She took them outside this morning, which involved an 8 inch jump from the chicken coop doorway to the ground. Guess I'd better put up a ramp for them. Cute little puffballs, aren't they? Unfortunately, one of the yellow chicks died in the night and the last two eggs weren't viable.

Monday, May 22, 2006


One day old chicks. Dad's a grey and copper Ameraucana, moms are any of Buff Orpington (my guess for the blond chicks), Isa Brown, Ameraucana, Turken, Barred Rock.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Chicks Hatching

The chicks started hatching this morning. So far there are three, with three eggs left to go. This very blurry and dark photo shows mom and her chicks still inside her cozy cat crate. I'll try for some decent photos of the chicks tomorrow.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Couch Potatoes

Houseguest Cherry Bomb and Charis having a nap together.

Friday, May 05, 2006


I never used to block anything, but I'm a believer now. It seems to relax the wool and yet sharpen up the lace pattern and the shape of the knitted piece. It's difficult finding a surface large enough for the big things, like this almost-seven-foot-long wrap. That's my dining table pressed into service yet again, buried under four layers of thick bath towels. I wrote about this particular wrap a few posts back; it's the merino from Uruguay I got off ebay a couple of months ago. Turns out it is not colour-fast, as it bled vast quantities of pink whilst lounging in its bath, and I suspect it will felt like a bugger with the slightest encouragement, but I love it. It is unbelievably soft.

True Confessions

My name is Val and I'm a wool addict.

This is some (most?) of my wool stash. Of course, there are several "friends" to go with each of these single skeins in the photo!

I can't believe I left my beautiful Sunbreak Alpaca skein out of the photo...

The Amazing Lace


Here's the lace stash:

Several colourways in Koigu PPPM
Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in Black Purl
Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb in Jeans
Several colourways of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport (Tahoe, Lakeview, Black Purl)

For TAL, I think I'll start with Knitty's Convertible in the Helen's Lace and then who knows from there...

Yes, I'm a Lorna's Laces junkie!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Broody Hen

I have one Silver Laced Wyandotte chicken. She's been setting eggs for a week now. It'll be fun to see what colour chicks hatch, as she is setting eggs from the turken, barred rock, isa brown, buff orpington and Ameraucana hens, as well as her own.

Miss SLW was determined not to use one of the nice nest boxes mounted on the wall of the hen house, so she got this deluxe decommissioned cat carrying box instead.