Taiyo Shawl: Blocking Time!

I have finished knitting my Taiyo Shawl, and now it’s blocking time!  Time to get out the mats, pins, and wool wash.  I’m anxious to see how this piece’s lace section open up.

Unfortunately, I ran out of the Taiyo yarn about 2/3 of the way through.  I should know better by now, but the Frog Tree Brushed Suri yarn I bought along with it is the same weight, and worked well in completing the project.  It should feel nice and soft against my shoulders when I wear it.

Frog Tree Brushed Suri Yarn

Strangely, knitting this shawl has inspired me to pick up another shawl that I had been working on, my Faroese Elpsa Katrina shawl.  I knit one skein’s worth of the project, and sort of put it down.  Other things and projects came up, I guess.

Still, that other skein of Einband that I had bought for the project was staring me in the face for almost a year now, until I picked up the shawl back up, started knitting, and ordered more of the yarn I needed.  I can keep working on this.

So, that’s where I am with my projects, namely shawl stuff.  If you want to see the updates on Ravelry, you can see them here for the Taiyo and here for the Elspa Katrina.

Has another project inspired you to work on another different one?

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WIP: Taiyo Sock Sleeveheart Shawl

I love Noro yarns.  I love the funky colorways and the variations in the yarn itself. I know it’s pricey, but I get it about once a year as a treat for myself.

This year, it’s the Noro Taiyo Sock yarn (that is being discontinued by the way) that I bought at the Ball & Skein Shop in Lititz, PA, and is included in the stash flash post here.  I also got the free pattern, Taiyo Sleeveheart Variation by Julie Kubitsky, at the shop, too.  You can also get it on Ravelry.

I knit a lot of the shawl by watching the Olympics, especially over the past weekend, when the games were winding down with some big gold medals matches and races.  I got a lot knit over a few days, since I only started the project on Thursday, August 18.

I will post the final completed shawl after blocking and such.  I think it’s going to be lovely!

Also, if you’re interested, here are the details on Ravelry.

I’d love to hear about what you’re working on right now.  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday Stash Flash!

I did something that I hadn’t done for a long time last Thursday; I went to a local yarn store!

I ended up at Ball & Skein in Brickerville, PA, which I have enjoyed going to before.  Above is what I got.

First, I got two balls for the Frog Tree Yarns suri fingering weight yarn.  I understand that the Frog Tree brand has been discontinued, but it has now been taken up under then mantle of Skacel.  Cool!

The other ball of yarn I got was a big ball of Noro Taiyo cotton blend sock yarn.  I sure know how to pick’em; Noro is going to be discontinuing the Taiyo yarn and replacing it more with their Silk Garden blend of sock yarn.

Now, as for the two blue skeins, I got won those in a giveaway.  They are both Cotton Supreme yarn by Universal Yarn, Inc, but one is Aran weight and the other is DK weight.  Both were donated by another local yarn store called Flying Fibers, and they are located in Landisville, PA.

So, those have been my luxury yarn acquisitions of recent, considering it’s been a long time since I’ve had any luxury yarn.  It feels good to be in possession of some again!

Feathery Fascinators

I was recently in a dance recital, and my partner and I for one of the numbers I were in needed something for our hair.  We decided to wear black and red, and our choreographer suggested pretty fascintors.  I thought, hey, I can make those!  So I did.  Feathery fascinators are fun to make, and with some black and red feathers, which a local art store luckily had, barrettes (which I had), and some other supplies, like sequins and glitter paint, we had feathery fascinators!

Feathery Fascinator #2

The hairpieces looked great with our outfits, and our hoop dance number went beautifully.

I have been making more fascinators and using glitter glue to make pretty barrettes, too.  I will have to post pictures of those pieces when soon.  I may sell them at upcoming craft shows.

That’s what I’ve been doing crafty-wise, besides knitting.  It’s been fun to do something a little different.  Perhaps a tutorial is order for feathery fascinators, too.  Hmmmm……

So, we bought a house.

Yup!  We did!

My husband Sam and I bought our first house on Friday.  It was a quite a long process to get there, but we did it!

Settlement wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.  It was a lot of signing, a lot of explanations by the settlement agent as to what we were signing, and signing papers with lots of numbers.  And then we handed over a large check, and got the keys, and we were then homeowners!

Now to unpack everything.  Yikes!

I’ve mostly been working in the kitchen, trying to get dishes put away and such. At first, when I started unpacking, I was extremely overwhelmed to the point of tears.  But, I started off small.  And then the process got rolling, and will work on things more tonight.

Oh, and Sunday was our 11th wedding anniversary.  One can say we bought ourselves a very large present.

So, yeah, we bought a house.