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Saturday, April 26, 2008

What Do You Know? Knitting!

It's Saturday, and I've been sewing, of course, and running errands, and also doing laundry and such...don't we all? (ok, maybe not the sewing part, but everything else?)

Tonight, I'm having to give up the sewing every so often - we're having thunderstorms. I don't run either the computer or the Bernina during them. Can't really afford to replace these expensive took a few photos to share instead, okay?

I promised you I'd show you the Atomic 6 Feather and Fan socks when they were dry - so here they are!

I love them. Truly...but I finished them in time for warm weather, and I don't know that I'll get a lot of wear out of them till fall. But they're ready for then!

And I know I said I was going to start on something And lace? Well, I did do one of those things.

I kept thinking about the Schaeffer Andrea yarn I bought ages ago in the Renata Tebaldi colorway. I'd gotten Anne sock yarn in it, and didn't particularly care for the orange in it. But I found the Andrea (100% silk laceweight) and there wasn't a spec of that color to be found...this is all roses to merlot, smoky amethyst and toast. It took me a little while to think of a pattern I'd be happy with...and it suddenly came to me - Sivia's Diamond Fantasy Shawl! The one I just frogged in the KP Gossamer. Somehow I think the diamonds are perfect for a colorway named after my favorite opera star with the sparkling soprano. I started on size 5s as the pattern suggests, and immediately felt the knit was way too loose. I dropped back to 4s. And also switched to my Addi Naturas instead of the Addi Lace needles. I just couldn't control the silk on the brass finish...I needed the wood.

Here's the start on my 16-inch circs.

And here, pinned out to show the pattern better, having switched now to the 24-inch circs.

I think I'm in love.

And as I began this labor of love? I was listening to La Tebaldi as I knit her namesake colorway.

That's about as perfect a Friday night as I can think of right now...And if the t-storms continue, it might make for a perfect Saturday night, as well...

But I really do need to sew!
edited to add: I frogged The Meezer Trinity Shawl. I could not bear to work on that pattern, it was boring. The yarn deserves a nicer pattern, and I've kinda got my eye on Anne's new triangle shawl...Let me know what you think, okay?


Blogger Jennifer said...

Ooo, I like the lace!

9:45 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Your shawl is going to be beautiful!! {{{HUGS}}}

10:04 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

That looks lovely! I have some worsted weight Renata Tebaldi that I bought last fall. I love it and can't wait to knit it up.

2:41 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Great match of pattern to yarn -- the Diamond Shawl will be fantastic!

7:33 AM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Oh, methinks it a perfect match of yarn to pattern! Quite lovely, Sallee.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Stickchicky said...

I think I'm in love with that color. Must.Find.Me.Some.
What an enabler you are! heehee

9:32 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Well, you know what I think about Anne's new lace :) Go for it! But I am loving that other pattern you're working on -- I've got to go check that out...

12:43 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Beautiful lace and lovley socks! :)

9:17 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

The socks and shawl looks mahvelous darling!

9:42 AM  

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