Monday, August 27, 2007

I'm over the newsletter hump..

This past weekend was a busy one. I was struggling with the newsletter for the guild and having computer issues. Every time I tried to export the newsletter to a PDF, it would crash the program. After fiddling around with it and even getting Michael to take a look, I finally discovered late last night that there was some unknown item on one of the pages that was hidden behind the other text boxes that was causing the problem. After I removed the 'offending' item, it worked just as it's supposed to. Whew! I was worried I wouldn't have the PDF to upload to our website. I certainly slept better last night not having anxiety dreams about it. Okay, enough about the drama... on to the fun stuff.

I finally got a chance to block the shawl on Thursday evening. I'm really happy with the way it finished. I love the color shift around the outside border. I had originally bought a pattern from JoJoLand to make and had issues with the pattern about 40 rows in and subsequently it sat for about 6 months in a bag in a yarn stash box. I just didn't have much of a desire to pick it up again. So I decided I'd look for another pattern because I wanted to make something with this beautiful yarn.
If you are wondering about the pink carpet, I took these pictures downstairs in David's living room. Dusty rose would probably be my very last choice for a carpet color.

I took the shawl with me to Knitch yesterday and had several offers to wear it home if I just couldn't decide who this needs to go to. Thanks y'all for all the compliments. :) It's so gratifying to finish a project and then to get kudos from your knitting buddies too sure is nice.

I bought some Alpaca Twist at Knitch yesterday. It's 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk and dreamy soft. They got it in a few weeks ago and every time I've been there since, I've gone over and fondled the gray. I just decided I'd better buy it now because if I wait and then decide to buy it later it would be gone. I got the last 4 skeins of the gray. I'm thinking some kind of 'manly' shawl for me to wear in my knitting chair in the winter.

A few of us went over to Surin of Thailand for dinner after the knit-in at Knitch on Friday. We had a great time, even though one of us thought the food was too spicy and I had to trade dishes with him. ;) It was kind of a good thing anyway, I got to try two different dishes in one visit. It's the first time I've been to Surin. The basil rolls were really good too.

What's not to like when you have good food, friends, wine and yarn all in one place! Claudia must be needing more fiber in her diet!?

I really enjoyed our dinner together and we even all had goodbye hugs at the door. You'd think we weren't going to see each other for months instead of 2 days later.


  1. The shawl is stunning! I like the way the colors touch the edges. Knitch was such a blast when I was visiting!

  2. What's to decide? If I get the shawl then Melissa can wear it too! Two for the price of one...duh! And thank god that the picture was of the downstairs! Mauve carpet in an attic is too much! LUMI

  3. Your shawl is absolutely fabulous! I hope you'll bring it on Tuesday night.

  4. Your shawl is so beautiful! I hope I get a chance to see it sometime soon.

  5. You have to admit it. The shawl does look fabulous in that room! I am in awe of anyone that knits lace, and you finished it so quickly! Can't wait to see the next one. That alpaca /silk is to die for!

  6. Well - the shawl is truly beautiful. It is even more stunning in person. And yes, I do have a problem with keeping my head straight... It was not the wine, I swear...

  7. Your shawl is gorgeous! I have this colorway in the JoJoland lace weight and have been trying to decide what pattern to use. The circular pattern you chose really shows the color changes well.

    I'll be at SAFF this year for the first time and would be glad to take this off your hands :)