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I wasn't born with wings, so I'm trying to make my own
 
Sunday, January 19, 2003  

Another nice fiber day! This morning I sorted through my patterns, looking for something suitable for the "Courtship" colorway I'm spinning from my new silkworker stash. I always find thumbing through patterns very satisfying, so I had quite an enjoyable morning. I finally settled on Hanging Vines from Jackie ES from Heartstrings. It's a lovely lacy pattern and I have enough silk to make the narrow scarf (10" x 60") This scarf isn't going to be for warmth, so I don't have a problem making it smaller than usual. I spin much finer than the yarn called for, however, so I'll probably have to do quite a bit of swatching to decide on needle size and number of pattern repeats. That's all part of the fun, though. In more fibery news, after lunch while Mark and I watched some TV shows I taped for us, I worked on my sock and I'm now past the toe and pretty well into the foot of the sock. I'm very excited about having a pair of socks to wear that I knitted myself. I just hope I have enough yarn to knit two more. It looks like I will, but you never know. I guess I'll find out :-) And I can always order more yarn if I have to. I know that's a bad practice, but I don't know what else to do because I wasn't expecting to be knitting three socks from two balls of yarn. If I don't have enough, I'll chalk it up to a learning experience. After Mark went to work Mom and I went to Hobby Lobby because she's hating working with the homespun, which is heaven to weave with, but not so great to knit with. Which makes me worry because that's the yarn I've already bought to make my first sweater. Uh oh :-) I guess we'll see how that goes! While we were there, I saw that Caron Super Soft (another of my guilty acrylic pleasures, along with Homespun) was on sale for $0.66 a ball. Since I had been thinking about the Wool Peddler's Shawl from Folk Shawls that morning because I've always liked it and I ran across it this morning while I was pattern perusing, I decided to go for the gusto and get some Simply Soft to make myself a shawl to keep at work. So, for a grand total of $3.50 including tax, I now have enough yarn for a shawl. I know I could do better yarn wise, but it's cheap and feels nice and is machine washable. Plus, it's just gonna be for work, so nah nah nah. I know there are knitters cringing across the world at the thought of an acrylic shawl, but they can... just go knit with the yarn they want and leave me alone :-) Of course, in the throws of my extrodinary find of the day, I started the shawl, so now I have yet another work in progress. I've already got a good five inches done on it, and I'm off to work on it some more, so hopefully I'll work it up fast so that I can wear it this winter. Anyway, it's late so I'm off for a bit more knitting and then sleep! Good night all.

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