Thursday, June 23, 2005

What are friends for?

I'm gearing up to start two new projects--projects that could not happen without the help of a couple of knitting friends. What are friends for if not to enable you to keep your knitting obsession alive?

A week or so ago, Monkee gave me this beautiful yarn.

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Four ounces from that gigantic cone of Zephyr that she was showing off not too long ago. I didn't need much time to find a use for this highly pet-able yarn. I'm going to make the Peacock Feathers shawl from Fiddlesticks knitting. I've knitted lace before, but nothing on this scale. It will be yet another learning experience for me. According to the pattern description, this shawl is 88 inches wide and 43 inches tall. Sounds more like a blanket to me. I'm thinking about doing it on smaller needles in hopes of making a smaller size. I realize that using smaller needles will make the fabric less airy, but I'm short! What am I going to do with a giant shawl? And I'm thinking about giving this to my Mom, who is even shorter than I am.

My second knitting enabler is Amylovie. She helped me track down the pattern for the Rebecca 29 cover sweater. I'm not sure what's attracting me to this sweater. The cables? The puffy sleeves? I haven't worn puffy sleeves since the 80s. But I think the sweater is cute and I have ordered the yarn.

As I wait for the Peacock pattern and the Rebecca yarn, I'm working on a tank made from the Euroflax linen that I got for my birthday. But more on that later. Here's a preview: OUCH.


amylovie said...

I love having enabling knitting friend (you are included on that list)!

Jennifer said...

That yarn is gorgeous. I love zephyr!

Peatbogfaery said...

mmm...big cone of green yarn.... *dribbles*

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura - found your site through the Mini webring - another Mini owner here (British Racing Green w/white top - Agatha). I'm very jealous of your Zephyr. I've never used it, but hear it's fabulous. And Peacock Feathers may be my next knit too. Dorothy