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Join me as I share my crafty journey with you. I continue to expand my repertoire of hobbies. I knit, sew, crochet, bead and probably most importantly am a lover of science fiction. Occasionally I even pick up a book. I play Nerd Wars for Team Stargate Command which consumes most of my time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lilac Wish and a Plethora of Sock Yarn

     I've got some updates and some more new yarn.  First off, I finally finished Lilac Wish.  I even got it blocked too!
It's huge.  I had to use six blocking boards.  (I hurt my neck pinning it all out... I need to clean my craft room.)  The nupps show up much better now.
Here is a finished but unblocked closeup of the beads. The Lilac Wish Lace pattern is excellent.  It's both charted and written.  I thought it was nice and clear and easy to follow.  It shouldn't have taken me as long as it did.  If I hadn't dawdled I probably could've gotten it done in a month.  Now that its December and I'm starting to look forward to 2015, I should admit I didn't knit 12 shawls in 2014.  This is number seven.  I am hoping to at least start number eight before the year is out.  
     I've also finished the hat Helen requested.  I don't have finished pictures of it though.  Even though its just a hat, I think I'm going to block it, since its an alpaca blend and supposed to be a slouchy style.  This is the pattern I used:  Earthen.  It's a great simple pattern, the texture it creates is pretty great too.  I think I like the inside better than the outside.  If I was to make it for myself I would wear it inside out.  Alrighty, that's pretty irrelevant unless you can seen what I'm yapping about.  Next time.  
     So onto the new yarn acquisitions.  I did a bit of Webs ordering on Thanksgiving.  I got an order for a hat from another co-worker.  She wanted a specific color and a specific fiber content, so I figured I better go big if I was to find what I wanted.  I got this:
       
Lotsa bamboo in this one.  The colorway is fawn.  I was hoping it would be a bit darker, like the image on my screen, but alas, that's the downside of online ordering.  Since I was there picking out goodies for other people, a little something for me sort of fell into my cart.
When I say little... that might be a gross understatement.  Because that's a 1lb, yes 1 pound of Valley Yarn Franklin Natural sock yarn.  I don't know for sure yet what I'm going to make.  I'm going to dye it, that's definite but at this point I'm thinking cardigan or several shawls.  It's 1800 yards so I have plenty for a cardigan which is why I'm leaning that way thus far.  Ya know what I paid for it?  I bet you think it was like a guzillion smackers right?  Wrong. 18.99!  (It was on sale, they normally ask 24.99)  But seriously, I feel like I stole it.  Of course I've never used this yarn before, so I hope to heck I like it, cuz a bought a freekin pound of it.  I've been hearing good things about Valley Yarn in general and you never know 'til you try it right!  More updates on this later.  (I have a feeling winding this off the cone is going to be a pain in the backside.)  
     That's it for now.  More picture of finished items will be forthcoming.  Until later.  Happy Crafting!
-Q 

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