Sunday, April 26, 2009

The lace addiction continues..

I finished the Swallowtail shawl and I am in love with it! It took me jus over a month to finish it. I was lucky to have the right colored beads for this shawl. The beads have been with me for more that 3 years! I got 'em for a beaded tatted edging, but never got to make it. So, they came in handy for this shawl! Here are some pics of it before and after blocking.




The shawl looked really lifeless before blocking! Here is a snap before blocking:



And, this is how it looks like after blocking:





Here is a close-up of the beads.









This shawl is very special to me as its my first time:
  • knitting a triangular lace shawl
  • blocking something into shape
  • knitting with beads
and, I am very happy with the end result. I feel as if I have come of age in knitting. I have always thought of myself as a fickle-knitter. But, this project made me realize that I am not one. I can see a project to completion however big and complex it is, if I put my mind to it. I am proud of this shawl!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Knit-therapy!

WARNING: Picture-heavy post!



Image courtesy: livejournal.com

My day doesn't go well if I don't spend sometime on my fiber-y pursuits! Why do I knit?! Because, it relaxes me! I can just forget about the outside world and commune with the yarn flowing between my fingers and the flying needles. When I don't mind my mind wandering and thinking just about anything or when I wanna watch TV, I pick up an easy project with mindless knit and purl. But, when I am fed up with things or when my day sucks at work and I don't wanna think about it, I pick up lace! This is so that I give my concentration to the work in hand and forget about the pressing issues that were eating me earlier. And, when I put down my work to enter the reality, I will be fresh enough to look at things in a new perspective.

I must say, I've been knitting lace a lot these days! ;-) So, I am half way across in the swallowtail shawl pattern by Evelyn A Clark. Its a lovely design and I am in awe of the lady who designed it! Such genius! so, here is a pic of the WIP:



Sawwy for the BRIGHT picture! was taken at night under white light and flash! (Obviously, I am a bad photographer!!)

Then, I got my perfect knitting tote a few weeks back when I was out shopping with a dear friend of mine.Its handmade by physically challenged people and I am a proud owner of the tote. It didn't come with any type of closures. So, I improvised and attached two pairs of magnetic clasps and to conceal the snaps at the outer side, I sewed in wooden buttons. I had these smiley shaped wooden buttons which have a single hole in them. I didn't realize the single hole when I bought them and couldn't use them on any project till now. I am glad these buttons worked out perfect for the bags. so, here are a few pics of my new improvised knitting tote!



Now, for a close-up of the smiley faces! These buttons are made of coconut shells!



I attached these magnetic clasps to make the bag more secure!



And, here is what the cute button-y smiling guys are hiding behind themselves:



Cheers,
Josie
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