This week is packed full every day and every night with meetings and obligations. There is little time to sit and knit or spin. Even work is busy as I'm training for a new job and have been at a different location, away from Blogland. I'm already looking forward to the weekend when there will be time to relax and catch up with my fibery pursuits.
This weekend is the start of Knit Unto Others and much of my knitting time will be spent knitting hats. Also, the end of the year is coming quickly and it feels right to finish up what's on the needles and to begin the new year with a fabulous new project. Last year, on January 1st, I cast on for Rosarie. New Years Day knitting, and a great new project, were the right combo for the January blahs. I'm planning to start 2007 the same way.
Friday this book arrived and I couldn't wait to sit and thumb through it. Victoria Lace Today by Jane Sowerby is as elegant as a book can be. The photographs are glorious and will take you back to a time when skirts were large and lace shawls hung around the shoulder of every Lady. The designs run the gamut from simple, yet elegant, to complicated and spectacular. The yarns and colors (oh the colors!) for each project enhance the lace and romance of the shawl. The book is true eye candy and yet it is full of information. From the history of the Victorian Shawl, how to read charts, (the charts are excellent), how to block a shawl and other important lace information, this book covers it all. You'll find it hard to choose the first shawl to knit.
Oh, and the cone of yarn sitting on top of the book? Well, that's where one thing led to the other. On a quick stop at Three Wishes Saturday, a display of colorful cones stopped me in my tracks. It is alpaca/silk (1700 yds), lustrous and beautiful, soft to the touch, so I picked up a bright and happy Chinese Red/Orange. The two together may be the perfect combination for my New Year Knitting.
Thoughts of knitting lace in the New Year leads to thoughts of the poo r neglected Jóhö. Langsjal Jóhönnu, from Three-Cornered & Long Shawls, by Sigridur Halldórsdóttir, has not seen the light of day for several months. In order to start anything new this poor lonely shawl must be finished. There are no steadfast rules for finishing up WIPs, but the yarn and pattern are so beautiful that it's a crying shame to not finish and wear it. Grayce's lace weight (Plain and Fancy Wool) is so soft that this stole can easily be worn as a scarf. December knitting will be dedicated to Jóhö and I'll have her with me the rest of the winter.
The reason I went shopping at Three Wishes in the first place was to find a fancy threading hook. This one fit my desire and need perfectly and now hangs from my wheel. As 'they' say, 'It's the little things'.
Now, if I can just find some time to spin.
Are you feeling stressed about your Holiday knitting? Marcia has a solution that may help. Read her post and comment if you'd like to knit throughout the year for Holiday gift giving. She's thinking about setting up a blog and having a KAL for 2007.