Lace blocking is a beautiful thing!
Photoshoot maybe on Sunday – it’s the one of two days that doesn’t have rain in the forecast.
I’m not a proficient lace knitter (unlike someone I know ) but when my cousin announced she was getting married this year, I felt the urge to knit her a shawl.
When we were kids we fought constantly. Erika is younger by 10 months, but is really my first cousin Beth’s daughter. We went to college together at Pitt (I was one year ahead) and while I was in grad school she was applying for programs to be a Physician’s Assistant. She graduated last May and begun working at a hospital in Pittsburgh. I could not be more proud of her. She worked very hard for her degree and deserves all the success in the world.
So I decided on something plain, classic, simple. This is Erika’s style. I chose Purity from Rowan 43. Sharon gave me the yarn, it’s a cone of alpaca laceweight in an off white color. I’m 30 rows into the main part of the shawl, and hope to finish the first Ruffle by June.
Having been down the road of prepping for a wedding recently, I am thrilled and excited for Erika. Her hubby to be, Rob, is wonderful. I am very happy that they found each other.
Baby surprise jacket #1 of 2 for cousin in law Amber is done. Whew. I am casting on #2 today at lunch. #1 is re-soaking and needs to be blocked (scandal!) before I can seam the sleeves and sew on the buttons (which will happen tonight I hope).
The yarn is Tempted Hand Painted Good Grrl in the colorway Coral Reef. Stacey is a brilliant dyer. This yarn was lovely to work with, I will have to track down some more!
The next BSJ will be out of Cascade Heritage Paints sock yarn. Amber is having a boy and a girl, so I went the traditional route of pink and blue but Amber will probably not pay any attention to the whole pink and blue stereotype. She is wonderful and I cannot wait to meet these two little kiddos.
These baby sweaters are a good way to cull the sock yarn herd. Pretty soon I’m just going to have my wollmeise stash remaining if these ladies keep getting pregnant. Hah.
I’ve also started in on my super secret knitting project (Rav link) – using some lovely alpaca laceweight from Sharon (yay free yarn). Hope to have this project completed by July! (note that I’m giving myself PLENTY of time). This weekend, I need to obtain some addi lace turbos in a US9, the normal ones I have are a) too blunt and b) way too short, need a much longer cable than 24″ since this thing ends up with 433 stitches before binding off. Sheesh.
But for now, I’m still in baby knitting land but I can finally see the border!