Knitting, Spinning, Weaving and Life

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Knitting With a Good Book

There's nothing I like better than having a good audio book to listen to while I knit. While I have perfected the art of knitting and reading together - as long as it's a fairly simple pattern- nothing makes lace grow like some nice person (preferably with a British accent) reading me a story.

Thursday I read that two of The Yarn Harlot's books were available at Audible. I rushed right over and decided to splurge and just buy them rather than wait for my monthly subscription credit. Definitely a good idea. Stephanie does the reading, and while she may think she sounds like a chipmunk, I beg to differ. I knit and laughed and every time she began the sentence "You know you knit too much when...." I had to brace myself because at least half the time I had to say "Been there!" Buy the time the first book was done, I had finished more than two rows of the never ending shawl border.

A border progress shot

and a better shot of the main body

Both the camera and photographing knitwork are new to me, so forgive the learning curve.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

My first post

Well here I am. I decided to start my own blog as a New Years resolution. I opened the blogger account, found myself a name, and that was the end. So now that I've let it stew for half a year, it's time to try again.

Most of my life revolves around fiber. I knit, spin and weave. What I really do best is acquire. My house does not have a single room that does not contain something fibery.

In the spirit of honesty, although I have all this STUFF in my house, I actually finish very little. If you're looking for a long list of finishe
d projects and exciting progress shots, I'd have to say you need to keep looking. If you want to feel better about your UFO's, come on over. I have one in the stash that's been aging for over 15 years. To tell the truth, at the moment I can't even find the pattern. I'm pretty sure it's from Alice Starmores Celtic Collection, but at the moment, I can't even find the book.

One project I'm currently I'm working on is the Mediterranean Lace shawl from A Gathering of Lace.
It doesn't look like much on the needles right now, I'm doing the border. That's 1532 stitches per row. But it is beautiful (if I do say so myself). I've been working on it for just over a year, with a month or two off back in November while I went through a personal crisis and did no knitting at all.

I think that's about it for a first post, except that like all good bloggers, I must conclude with my pet photo. This is Sophie, she's a Quaker Parrot. One of her favorite things to do is to sing along to Saturday afternoon opera. Unfortunately the only tune she knows is Goodnight Ladies, which we've modified to Goodnight Sophie. But what she lacks in skill and linguistic talent, she more than makes up for in enthusiasm!