During a week where I felt nothing actually got done, patients on hold, paperwork on hold, Little Buddy's school meetings that left me angry and a darn sore throat, I looked back and realized two things actually got done.
Meet my latest weaving project...... This was made on my larger Ashford Knitting Loom. The loom and stand was sitting right in the middle of my office/studio taking up all sorts of room. I made myself finish the shawl just to get the space back.
I love it! Made with Feza Alp Natural Yarn, using a total of 690 yards of yarn to complete the project. This yarn was made up of all different types of yarn tied together so you have changes all over, some smooth places, nubby places, thin and thick places. It was fun to see how this yarn played out over the length of the shawl. This was part of my 50% off yarn when my LYS closed, it was a bargain at that price.
As soon as the shawl was dry from a good soaking, which softened things up a bit, I knew this was for my SIL Heidi. She loves blue, it just seemed to be hers and once that thought was in my mind I packed it up and shipped it to Wisconsin. She was married to my husbands brother who passed away two short years ago. I don't get to see her much so this is a nice way to tell her I am thinking about her. I hope she likes it.
After frogging my beautiful Oasis Icelandic 100% silk yarn a couple weeks ago, I immediately got started on another South Bay Shawlette with the same yarn. Yup, you knew I had to make more than one! I knew if I put this yarn away it would languish in my stash for another few years, it has already been in my stash for seven years. This yarn is way, way too soft and beautiful to be sitting on my shelf and not be made into something wonderful.
I used all of the remaining 600 yards of yarn I had left to make this shawl and a size H hook. It is sooooo much better in person. Somethings just don't look near as well in photos as they do in person, gorgeous trees, glaciers, the beach, waterfalls, Little Buddy and this yarn to name a few. It really is amazing, 100% silk yarn will suck you in and then you don't want to work with anything else.
I wish you all could reach in here and touch it, it is divine. I do have a confession, I ended up steam blocking it which could have been a disaster but ended up just fine. Wet blocking just left it in a bundled mess. I don't advise steam blocking silk, it could all go wrong very quickly, but for this piece it worked out just fine. I guess I like living on the edge when it comes to blocking.
Now to get started on something new. Well that is after I get some things settled at work. I have the whole weekend ahead of me to think about a new project, sounds like fun.
Thank you Amy for hosting Five on Friday. Come and join the fun, you will meet lots of lovely people. Oh and a special thanks for all of you who visit, I am so glad you are here.