Friday, December 14, 2007

Those Pictures

The pink Faroese-style shawl in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, 5 balls.

Pattern is a Lion Brand one from Cast On back in 2004. I haven't checked, but it might also be available on the LB website.

It's a little on the short side but perfect for keeping the shoulders etc warm, and the shorter length means it's also just right for draping over your front if you're sitting in a chair or in bed, reading or whatever.
The front view here shows the inside of the arrowhead lace panel.

I did not do the crochet edging around the bottom, since I barely had enough yarn left to bind off fairly loosely.

The only drawback to this yarn is that it does shed quite a bit. I wore black pants one day while I was working on it, and it looked as if I had been rolling around in pink fur.

It's the alpaca content. The long crimped fibers give it away. However, the softness of this yarn is incredible. It knits like air and feels like a feather when it's on.
I'm hoping my friend will enjoy it!

Now, this unruly-looking tangle is the 9 skeins of Bartlettyarn I got as an ebay bargain.

I mean, this all cost me $10.52 plus $5 to ship it.

This is what it looks like now, all neatly wound into fat little cakes.
Then there's the last picture, of some similar yarn that's a little lighter in color. I'm not posting a picture of it rolled since it looks very similar to the Bartlett.

There. Now I can go take more pictures for another post!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

No Pictures, Sigh

After trying a couple of times to upload some pictures tonight, I've decided to let Blogger sulk and post anyway. Without photos, this will be a short post!

I have an FO to report. The pink Alpaca Silk shawl was finished today, with about 1/2 yard of yarn left over from the 5 balls I started with. This didn't give me enough to do the crochet edge, but I think it looks fine the way it is. I took pictures of it, then drove over to my friend's house to give it to her. She has her next chemo treatment on Friday and I thought she might like to have it. Both she and her husband seemed very pleased with it--she has lost a lot of weight along with all her hair, and she feels the cold very keenly, so something snuggly warm (but light) will be good to have.

Other than that, it's been really pretty busy around here. D2 came to town over the weekend for a visit with the neurologists at UCLA, who will be evaluating her in more depth come Jan. or Feb.--whenever they can get the time. (She was in a bad accident back in 2002, her car was hit by a van that ran a red light and slammed into her little car. The head injuries she sustained have left her with seizures that are difficult to control. She's been referred to UCLA since theyhave a wonderful program there to evaluate and hopefully "fix" the problem.)

On this trip, she and her husband and daughters got to meet Audrey and visit with the Grandcarrot as well. We had a potluck dinner and a good time was had by all.

Don't know if I mentioned this before, but D4's car was sideswiped by a presumably drunk driver while it was parked out in front of our house. (Oh, yeah. I posted pictures. Duh!) Anyway, it looks as if the damage is bad enough for the insurance company to total the car. Guess who's going car shopping! (Naturally. There's something about making that last car payment...)

Pictures next time of nicely wound yarn, and the tangly messes it started out in. Also pictures of the shawl. Next I'm going to decide if I want to make another shawl--I have 5 more balls of Alpaca Silk in purple, which just happens to be D2's very most favorite color. The down side? It sheds like crazy. By the time I finished, I looked as if I had been rolling around in pink cat fur!