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January 31st, 2006 (01:23 am)

current mood: excited and avaricious

So today, while doing some minor surfing, it suddenly occurred to me to check out Yahoo Groups knitting MLs and see if there weren't some I might be interested in signing up for. Afterall, misery does love company. :P And looking around, there are quite a number of MLs including some aimed more for the beginner. No problems; and yes I did sign up for a couple, when I ran into this group. >_<; Granted this project has apparently finished up, but there was also sign-up info for a new mystery shawl #3 to begin in February... and seeing as I'm a complete n00b at knitting, I showed the page to the female sibling unit and asked if she'd be interested. ^^;;

(BTW, she said she'll do it and I can try to follow along. :P The sign-up is to go under my yahoo account though as she doesn't have a Yahoo one). :P

From what I've read so far from the previous project, a few days before the project starts, a swatch pattern is released for people to check tension/gauge if they're particular (it seems like it uses lace weight yarn, and is run by Bo Peep's Woolshop) afterwhich, a clue is given weekly for working out the pattern over the course of 5 weeks. There is a modest sign-up fee ($3 USD), although the shop is supposed to offer a discount on their Jaggerspun laceweight yarn and a coupon for the price of the sign-up afterwards.

And now we're in limbo awaiting confirmation of our sign-up / order. According to the female sibling unit, local shops don't carry much in the way of lace weight stuffs, so... after we took care of sign-up I decided to put in an order with handpaintedyarns.com for their lace weight wool (I don't want to work with cotton since it's so unforgiving). I've never tried their stuff before but some of the colours were really interesting... ^^; And I also want to order stuff from BoPeep's as there's some interesting lace weight stuffs there too. And how many shawls was I planning on making?? The female sibling unit thinks that she might be able to grab something close to laceweight for me to try practicing on tomorrow. If not, she figures I can steal ~20m off of one of her sock yarn balls. ^^;; (I'm not sure that's entirely wise, although I'm pretty sure I saw a bag (10 balls) of single colour sock yarn hiding in her stash too).

And so, while I'm pretty sure the pattern will start out easily enough, things could get interesting with that on top of the great afghan project and the great cashmere afghan still in the wings. Oh, and did I mention I was thinking of trying out mystery shawl #2 to try to get a bit more up to speed? ^^; Ahh how I love multiple WIP (work in progress) syndrome. More... must have more WIPs... *___*


Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 31st, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
tea by sapphire knight

*cry* I'm back to "can't afford". :( FriendLinz has ordered from Hand Painted and had a wonderful experience. (And wonderful wool. I think it was sock wool.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the note on Handpainted. I've read all these comments mentioning their name but nothing much on how folks found ordering from them. ^^;

......I suspect now is perhaps not the time to mention being grateful to our short-sighted "Uncle Ralph" over here? *gd&r*

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: January 31st, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
Furuba-Mabudachi Love

Wow...it sounds like you have your work cut out for you. x_X I hope you take pictures and show us the finished products.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Assuming all goes reasonably well and I don't tangle myself into a little ball. ^^; I got my invite to the new group yesterday and it looks like the third mystery shawl will be the final one and is rectangular. Should prove interesting. ^___^

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Furuba-I just win

I'm sure it will be a lot of fun! I've always wanted to do something like that. Let me know how it goes. ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)

*poke* You know, you could join the insanity... :P

I'll be sure to post as well as post photos of my "progress". Can't wait for it to start! ^___^

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)

I'm not making excuses, but I'm so busy. -_- Plus...I don't have the talent like you. I can only knit!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)

*sigh* Time. I really wish I could switch leisure and work hours. :P

BTW, you can only knit... no purl? To paraphrase someone from MS2: Lace is only knits, purls and almost knits (yarn-overs). Actually, that's similar to what the female sibling unit said the other day about knitting... (Knitting's just knits and purls and variations on it). -_-;

Oh, but I guess you could call what I do talent... I'd never seen a Picasso-style rendition of cobwebs or swiss cheese before I tried these swatches! ^^;;

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
Natalie Elegant

Well, I've never heard the term purling a scarf. So that's what I meant...that I can knit. But, yes...to do it properly, one must be able to knit and purl. :) I can do both, but I would never brag about my skills...or lack thereof. -_-

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