Again with the shawls…
Jeebus, one would think that I’m obsessed with shawls these days. Well, I’ve been wondering about that myself. Is this natural, or is this obessive? My take on it is that I don’t care as to whether it’s natural or not – I’ve earned the right to obsess on whatever the heck I choose to obsess about. What da ya mean? Well, first of all, I lead a pretty unremarkable life. Our kids are all grown up and gone from the nest. We own and operate a small, but successful business that I’ve been at for almost thirty years. Our casual, comfy home is set up to enable hobbies/crafting. I have a wonderful enabler hubby who does most of the cooking and his share of cleaning. Daily physical exercise is scheduled and strictly adhered to. Holiday time is usually spent out west to have time with the kids. We don’t deviate a whole lot from the framework, and, it’s pretty mundane all round, eh? (However, notice that things are set up in order to free up as much time as possible for the hobbies/crafting - very intentional.)
I often get asked “where do you find the time to make all these things”? Or I’ve been told ”you must have a lot of time on your hands” (love that one LOL!) It’s so the opposite. And, the truth is that “I MAKE time for it.” We structure our lives so that we can have time to do the things we love and enjoy so much.
Plus, I’ve got the “I’m in my fifties and nobody gonna tell this girl what to do anymore” attitute, so there you have it.
Justification having been established, in addition to having decided to participate in the 11 shawls in 2011 challenge compels me once again to go on about the shawls. And, considering the fact that I had never knit a shawl until June 2010, the challenge is really a big deal for me. From reading some of the threads on the Rav group, it’s apparent that some type of planning will help with the challenge. For myself, I want to get certain type of shawls into the mix. Some smaller, easier shawls in order to keep up the pace, yet wanting to learn new techniques and challenge myself at the same time. I don’t want to get bogged down, nor do I want to get frustrated with anything. So, the old mind is lining up yarns and patterns and basically planning out an entire year of knitting shawls. (and socks, and scarves, and mittens etc. LOL!)
Ravelry destashes are a good resource if looking for nice yarn/pattern combos, and I was really fortunate to find some nice yarns, and, recently a lovely Raveller destashing some nice shawl kits. I picked up The Kate Shawl kit and Viola Shawl kits from her:
Both are from last year’s Shakespeare in Lace Club. The Wooly Wonka Fibers lace yarns are beautiful in both kits. I do have a fear of lace weight yarn, and this is one of the challenges that I hope to overcome.
The lovely lady who destashed these kits was so wonderful and made the transactions so incredibly easy. The packages got here in lightening speed, and ahemm…they were marked as birthday presents - just in case customs needed to know, and thus saving from paying the dreaded duty taxes. In the last package she surprised me by included some bonus items: gorgeous Alpaca with a Twist Fino lace yarn and pretty Jojoland sock yarn. I have not seen any Alpaca with a Twist in any of our LYS, and I’ve only seen the JoJoland at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair. The Alpaca colourway is a warm champagne shade - I’m thinking of something from Nancy Bush Knitted Lace of Estonia book for that one.
She even included a nice lip balm and a handmade card in the package. The generosity of some people is mind-blowing sometimes!
I’m planning on knitting both the Shakespeare in Lace club shawls over the summer months (remember, I’m planning and scheduling here). During the summer months I like to move crafting operations out to the gazebo to enjoy the warm summer weather.
But, right now, it’s still winter, and most evenings after work I’ve been plugging away on the Lacy Prairie Shawl. To keep things interesting, on February 11th I cast on a nice quick Ishbel.
I’ve also decided to participate in the Zen Yarn Garden’s Fiore Rosa shawl KAL, and even though I’ve got an exploding stash of yarn to pick through, I ordered up a skein of ZYG Serenity Silk in Rougette for it:
The pattern is free, and this is the yarn that was used in the sample, and it’s just so beautiful, that I wanted to use the same. This will go on the needles once the Ishbel is done.
With regards to sock clubs, the first Woolgirl Sock Club — Inspirations – kit for 2011 arrived on Tuesday:
The kit is based on Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting . The painting depicts the view outside his sanatorium room window at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. The kit is beautiful and this is one of my favourite paintings. This kit is also exciting because of the Dutch connection (yes, I love my Dutchman), the whole being in a sanatorium thing is so intriguing, and, well, the colours. There is also something about it that reminds me of when the kids were little, just can’t put my finger on the connection right now. Maybe they had a book about a starry night or something.
There are two patterns, one sock, one glove, and I’m really thinking about making the gloves. The colour saturation in the yarn is intense!
Still waiting on the Cookie A Sock Club yarn - it wasn’t in today’s mail.