Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIPW/Yarn-Along: New Things!

I'm linking up with Tami's Amis and Ginny's Yarn-Along today!

This week, I'm technically on "vacation". Winter semester is over, and my spring classes don't start until May 15th. And so far, my week has been really productive. I really enjoyed participating in Blog Week hosted by Eskimimi Makes, and was really inspired by all you who craft and blog! I was particularly inspired by those of you who manage to keep your WIPs to a minimum, usually only working on one or two projects at a time. However, even though I was inspired, I haven't quite gotten to that point. In fact, I started a new project on Saturday evening...

Encouraged by the chatter on the CSW discussion board for the May CAL for Eva's Shawl, I got home from work, dug out the yarn I wanted to use, and got started. This is some of my progress from during the Saturday night movie:

This is not my first attempt to work this pattern, as some of you may remember, I was attempting to work this pattern so I could wear the complete shawl to my cousin's wedding last November. That was not to be. The yarn was scratchy and my hook was too small. So it went into the frog pile. But this yarn, a silk and angora blend, I believe, is lovely and light and soft. I'm not keen on the pale pink color, so it may visit the dye pot before I can say it is complete. But I like it more than the first time. I also added an extra wedge which gives the shawl a more versatile shape, in my opinion. Basically you add another chain 1 and 2 more dc in the foundation row.

Where are the rest of my projects, you may ask. And I will tell you- on my bedroom floor, in one project bag or another, too large to take to work with me. I'm nearly halfway through the yarn I bought for my ripple, but it's not as big as I would like it to be (I measured last night, and the width is still bigger than the length-- 42" by 32" ). The rows keep getting longer on my Citron, so that's hiding too. And I really need to work on that vest... and more dishcloths... The list could drag on.

In other news, I started a new book: A Dab of Dickens & a Touch of Twain by Elliot Engel. I bought it several years ago at a used book sale and hadn't touched it since. But because I am on vacation, I figured I should try a new book. My eventual goal is to read all the random books I buy (used and dirt cheap) or get rid of them. I took 14 books to the library as part of my effort to clean up. (Many more stayed, but that is beside the point.)

I hope you've enjoyed hearing about my little world today! Stop back any time! :)


  1. ooh that colour is perfect for a shawl, really pretty. have a great day xxx

  2. Sometimes the right yarn makes all the difference. Sounds like you're well on your way. I'd overdye it too - I'm not much of one for pink :)

  3. Yay for restarting a project and having it go right---that's almost more rewarding than having it go right the first time, I think. (Or maybe that's just a little white lie I tell myself to make it seem less boring, haha.)

    Anyway---your shawl is looking pretty so far, I like the shape, and I hope you do overdye it into something you're crazy about. :)

  4. Your shawl start looks great. That yarn looks like it will make a nice finished project but that it might be a pain to work with. Hope it goes smoothly!

  5. That looks so delicate and pretty!

  6. Yay for vacation! The perfect time to get more knitting in


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