February 23, 2005

Escape From Sleeve Island

I finally made it off of sleeve island. I'd intended to make that final journey last week, but circumstances conspired against me. I thought I'd finish for sure in the car en route to Colonial Williamsburg, but all of our driving was at night. [And unlike the colonists, I didn't have candlelight handy.]

In any event, thanks to the wonder that is American Idol, I was able to crank out the final sleeve cap last night. I present: finished Frimas pieces!


They're awfully curly. Unfortunately, I went to start blocking out the pieces last night and realized my pins have all disappeared. [I'm sure I put them somewhere "safe."] Anyway, will have to pick up some more when I head to late night tonight. I probably won't be able to do the actual finishing on this sweater until next week, but I'm excited that I might actually finish it in the right season! [Forecast of snow tomorrow... definitely still sweater weather!]

SO. What next? Well, I recently bought a rockin' dress [very much like this one, though the one I bought is now sold out] to wear to a wedding in the OC in April. It's strapless, and I have no idea what the weather will be like there. But I'd say it's a good bet my shoulders could use some cover. So, I'd like to make a lacy stole. Rectangular. [I don't like to wear triangles.] I've thought about ordering this kit from Fiddlesticks, but I'm just not sure. [Part of the hesitance comes from the fact that I want to have something to work on during 7 hours total of train travel this weekend.] Anyone made it? Suggestions for other [beginner! I've never done lace] stole patterns are much appreciated.

In other news:
My Debbie Bliss: The Club package arrived!

alpaca-silky goodness

Now I just have to decide how to use the yarn. I'm not really a beret and cravat type of girl. But I bet it would make a fantastic hat from another pattern.

Also: Caryn had asked about sizing on the Rebecca wrap cardi. It looks like the small is 32/34 and the large is 36/38, with them having a total chest measurement of 104cm and 115cm, respectively.

Confidential to Secret Pal: Thanks for your e-mail! I really appreciate it.

Posted by Ann at February 23, 2005 09:57 AM

There's a Mac & Me pattern, done in the Blue Sky Silk & Alpaca (although you can certainly substitute), that you might like. It's at the happy place, so you can take a look at it tonight. On the other hand, Dorothy Siemens' patterns are incredibly well-written and I wouldn't necessarily write off the Lacy Lattice Stole just because you think it might be difficult.

Posted by: Carol at February 23, 2005 12:17 PM

Good work on the escape - it can be hard yacker. (Do you say yacker in the US? Just in case not - it sort of means hard work.) Go the lattice stole! Lace is fabuous fun.

Posted by: Sally at February 23, 2005 05:31 PM

I love lacework! And I'm a new knitter--I just started in August (yes, of 2004) And I seem to be a "fearless" knitter--I refuse to let two sticks and a bunch of yarn defeat me! Lol! You might look for the book Folk Shawls. I don't remember who it's by, but they've got a lovely "kimono" shawl--rectangular, lacy, and gorgeous!

Posted by: Cathy at February 24, 2005 05:14 AM

The sweater looks great! You've caught up with me pretty much, especially considering I haven't done any more seaming yet. When do you plan on finishing?

Love the DB yarn! I've been thinking about joining the club. Do you think it was worth it so far??

Posted by: alison at February 24, 2005 02:22 PM

I was going to recommend Folk Shawls as well, since there are several rectangular stoles in the book. I'm currently just over half-way through the Kimono Shawl and it's a very easy lace pattern. A 14-row repeat and pretty easy to memorize.

Posted by: Melanie at February 27, 2005 09:57 AM

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