Thursday, February 25, 2010

What's Goin' ON?

I have been absent much longer than planned! I have been a busy Girl! Our house is for sale so there have been open house days, and so much going on!!I have not had the opportunity to pin out the "Blue Simurgh" and take pictures.

I do have a picture here that is from a couple weeks ago. You can't see the beading in this because it's not blocked. But you can see that I have made some headway. Actually I have knit all the way to the end of the first half. I got stuck on the edging. After ripping out a section of edging 3 times (!) I thought it was best to move on for the moment. So I capped off that cable, took my needles to the temporary cast on, connected a new cable to my needles and started to knit in the other direction. No need to to stop knitting!

I did add an additional repeat of the second chart to add some length as I mentioned I might do. Better too long than too short on a tall person. I am going to have Plenty of left over yarn so that is not a worry, AND extra beads. SO there might actually be a scarf for me at the end of this project! Yay! Also I DID randomly place my beading into what I thought would look like waves. Something I am looking forward to seeing. You never know how it REALLY looks until it's blocked.

I spent a few minutes trying to set myself up as a "Mobile Blogger" so I could I could take "quick pics" to post without having to find the camera and the upload to the computer blablabla. Well it's still Blablabla because for some reason my phone says there is no such place. Another Goal to be met. Especially with a move in my future. That's what my kids are good for!

I should take a moment to say my house has been on the market since august. We made a poor choice of agents so nothing happened. With our new agent it has been a whirlwind! Also last August I packed up my Craft room into boxes and it all sits in my garage. I left out only things I thought I would use in the next 2 months. BIG MISTAKE! I have unpacked some of my pattern books but no yarn. I was smart enough to leave out 6 skeins of sock yarn for emergency use.(almost gone) I was busy enough with gift knitting that I have not had enough time to spin the small amount of fiber I left out, but it is getting close! God Forbid I should have to buy more fiber. It would just break my heart Hahahahahahahhahahhahah! (Evil Grin)

It IS a good time to look a close out yarn! All the spring yarns are coming out and retailers are closing out their winter stock. I recently purchased Cream color, lace weight Alpaca/Silk (8 0z)for a beaded wrap my youngest daughter wants ........for half off! Also a Peach colored, Baby Alpaca, lace weight, (1200 meters) for 1/3 of the cost! I figure I have two Christmas presents paid for already! Even though I don't know what patterns I will use, I know I have roughly 2000 yards of each yarn and that will cover most any large size shawl. So I could possible get 2 projects out of each yarn depending on the items. AND with the colors chosen there is a possibility of using the left overs together and making another big item. Endless possibilities. Since I don't have endless cash I LOVE buying close out yarn as long as there is a big enough quantity. Singles are not worth buying.

Enough Fiber Fun! off to work!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Blue Simurgh

This is the beginning of the "Blue Simurgh." I found the pattern in Ravelry. It was designed to be Black Raven Feathers and is gorgeous. The pattern starts with a larger feather pattern and changes patterns to smaller and smaller feathers.

As lovely as it is I just can't make myself knit Simurgh in Black. It is a project that will be worked on mostly in the evening at home since I work full time. After knitting my first "Concerto" in Dark Blue I swore "Never Again" would I knit a large project in Dark Colors! It made me Cross Eyed trying to see it at night. I spent too much time fixing mistakes by daylight.

This Shawl is a gift for a Lovely, Tall, Blond Lady and I am making some changes to compliment to her size and coloring. So I chose this"Sapphire Blue" which will be wonderful with her blue eyes and fair skin.. The Pattern calls for 2 skeins of "Geisha" by Blue Moon Fiber Arts for the larger size shawl. There will be approximately 1/2 skein left over. So I intend to increase one pattern repeat in each direction to add length to the Shawl.

When you look at the yarn and the knitted piece there is a variation in color that does not show here in these pictures. It reminds me of waves of Tropical Blue Waters, the Caribbean. What is missing? Oh the sparkling foam! Well we can just add that in with ...........BEADS!

Yes, I am out of my Freaking Mind! (never say never)

I have added them in at the end of pattern repeats so it looks like sparkling waves with white foamy edges. It is sort of random but it gives the effect I am looking for and does not add too much extra weight to the shawl. I don't want to change the way it hangs. I will be sure to pin it out so the pattern and beads show for the next set of pictures.

I think this calls for a new name.....Any suggestions?