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Answer to Lace

November 17, 2006

So last night I took your advice and decided to do something fun, and most importantly not feel guilty about enjoying it instead of working.  I went to the Knit Shop and sat around to knit and talk.

I took my coral crossing sweater, which is coming along nicely, and enjoyed the company, and the zen of being around that much yarn.  It was good for the soul.

I also took the opportunity to ask the local knit doctor/master, Sandra, about my lace Icarus stole, and why it had not kept it’s blocking.  She asked what fiber I had used.  As it turns out Alpaca will not hold blocking as much as wool.  It’s not that it unblocks completely, the pattern just isn’t as open as it would be with wool.

Just a little something to keep in mind if you are picking yarn for a lace pattern.  Although (and you’ll see this once I get pictures up) I stil love the way my Icarus looks, even though it doesn’t lay completely flat.  I have been wearing it all the time and I love it’s soft warm snuggly feeling.

I got a lot done yesterday, and will be finishing up some assignments today, so I feel much more on top of things.  Thanks for all of the wonderful comments.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Clare Who Lurks permalink
    November 17, 2006 10:31 am

    Yay for you that you got out and did something fun. A little playtime (hee hee hee) is a good rest.

  2. November 17, 2006 1:35 pm

    I was going to ask if you go to Soft Horizons or that other knit shop in town, then I realized that the other knit shop is called The Knit Shop, so it answered my question. Do you know if there’s still a SnB at Peregino’s on Monday nights?

  3. Lee permalink
    November 17, 2006 7:10 pm


    I can only imagine what it is like to be in grad school! I was more than happy to complete the 4+ (including summers and internships) that I had to do to become a physical therapist. I love to learn, but I much prefer continuing ed courses that teach me skills to bettter my abilities as a therapist. I also wanted to write to you as I am contemplating returning to playing the violin after about 25 years without playing! I would lean more towards fiddle playing than classical!

  4. Jodie permalink
    November 21, 2006 10:02 am

    Clare – Thanks for de-lurking!

    Crissy – As far as I know there is still a SnB at Peregino’s on Monday. I haven’t been for awhile because Monday is one of my heaviest longest days as far as classes go.

    Lee – I think learning fiddle music is a great way for adult students to go. It’s accessible, fun and can end up being social if you can find a jam session. Definitely go for it!

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