Frivolity

It feels good to have some lace on the needles again.

Sure, I always have a lace project in progress (or two…. or three). Alas, the time that is required to concentrate on such complicated frivolities has been quite limited as of late. As in, I’d rather spin. Ha! The lace has been taking up needle space and collecting dust for a few months, now. Untouched, unloved.

Actually, the three lace projects that I currently have on the go have been collecting dust because my knitting has been more utilitarian. I need to make a baby gift for so-and-so. I must finish this sweater for a customer. I should get that test knit finished. And while I would love to while away my time on complicated lace shawls that have no purpose in my life whatsoever, there just aren’t enough hours in my day.

That is why I jumped at the chance to test knit a lace shawl for Cosy. At last, a lacy knit that has a deadline and a reason and a sense of urgency that my other lace projects utterly lack. Besides, look at this shawl that I am testing. Beautiful, right?

And another look:

Mary Louise Shawl in Cosymakes Snapdragon Light Fingering, Red (Raveled here, and Cosy’s finished shawl here)

It feels so good to be working on lace again. And not just because it is so stimulating and interesting. Not only for its delicate beauty or the gorgeous yarn. Not merely for the charm of turning a chart into art. All of that is true, to be sure. But at this moment right now, I am taken with the way an entire large shawl project still fits inside my new knitting bowl. (From Blue Room Pottery on Etsy. A “Happy Nothing Day” gift from the Mother-In-Law from Heaven)

Oh, sweet frivolity!

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Spinning With Baby V

I haven’t been spinning much since all that yarn came in a few weeks ago, but fiber has been coming in, too. Like this gorgeous braid from the Cosymakes Falkland Fiber Club. She calls it “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.

Plus, that gorgeous spindle from Wildcard Fiber Arts came in as well and I have been trying it out on the mystery fiber that was included in the box (I need to find out what this is because it is absolutely heavenly). This spindle is really tiny, but it spins beautifully and looks gorgeous in my yarn cabinet.

So, I decided that I need to finish plying what’s on my spindle. This is what my morning looked like:

I’ve got 4oz spun and plied now hanging to dry. I will tell you all about it tomorrow, complete with pictures.

And the Winner is….

The Boy drew a name out of the basket.

Drumroll, please…..

Do you see that? Can you see it?

Congratulations, Cosymakes!

I promise that this wasn’t rigged – but I just won a giveaway on her blog last week! I am a little abashed to be sending her my cast offs when she just sent me this:

My photography skills aren’t quite up to snuff, but this is a lovely muted pink. 

It is Snapdragon, a light fingering weight that she dyes “using greener shades dyes. they are low impact heavy metal-free dyes that meet the Organic Trade Association’s requirements for organic fiber processing” (quoted from the Etsy sale page) which I think is pretty awesome. And it is a whopping 700 yards! I was going to blog about it tomorrow, but it seems fitting to say my thank you’s now. If you haven’t already, check out her shop on Etsy here.

Thanks for all who participated in this, my first blog giveaway. It was great fun to read all of your comments.

Happy New Year to all!