Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Ok..... so Begonia Swirl has consumed my life....pretty much!  It's been moving along quite well so far.  
Turns out the chart really wasn't all that scary after all and after a bit I could see the pattern forming and didn't even have to count stitches.  That was in the beginning part of the pattern.
Now that I'm entering the lacy border part it's becoming a whole different story.  YIKES!  It's calling for total concentration and counting, counting, counting and more counting!  Plus on the purl rows one has to be very vigilante about picking up every last yarn over individually.  Ask me how I know this???!!!  Ripping out lace rows is a nightmare!  And I'm trying to escape nightmares right now.  That was the whole purpose of this project!  LOL!  But all in all it's going well and I'm back at the wheel for those extra couple hundred yards of yarn to finish up.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Beginning of Begonia!

I've managed to get 566 yards of lace weight (or at least as close as I could get to lace weight) yarn off the wheel for my Begonia Swirl Shawl.

It's a good start but I will need a couple hundred more yards.  This should keep me entertained for a while.

I'm finding that spinning for lace weight is a tad bit tedious and takes a little longer but I'm totally up for it right now.  I got a pretty good upper arm workout winding that many yards  into a cake to knit from too!  I was both excited and a bit nervous to get started on this pattern.  I just love the look of this shawl but I am always intimidated by knitting charts and this one definitely looked a little scary.  It's going to make for a really nice late 

night knitting project.  It's easier to concentrate when all my little hooligans are fast asleep.

This is last nights results.  Not bad if I do say so myself. ;-)  This is 100% alpaca and it's really soft and yummy!  Sooooo......so far so good!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The NEED to knit

I've always loved knitting but I'm feeling a NEED to knit here lately.  And it's going to have to be something other than the mindless kind too. No more mindless knitting while watching CNN for me....I need total complicated knitting distraction!  I generally find lace knitting to be a bit complicated so I set out searching for something with charts because charts scare the "you know what" out of me.  LOL!  I found this

The Begonia Swirl and I think it just might be the ticket.  Not only is it pretty but it has charts (Scary Charts),
 it requires concentration, and it's done in lace weight yarn so I will have to spin lace weight yarn to boot!  I've enlisted "Polly" (my Kromski Polynesian wheel)
for the task because it can spin perfectly fine singles for lace weight and she's a big wheel that can't easily be moved from the spinning room to in front of the TV.   That means I'll have to confine myself to the peace and quiet of the wheel room for several days at a time to get 822 yards of lace weight for the project.  Perfect!  I got a good start on it last night.
it's pretty tedious work getting the singles very fine so there's lots of stopping and checking
the yarn gauge on this handy little tool.  This should keep me distracted for a while although I may need a few more of these type of projects to see me through the next four years.  Sigh