Saturday report

Would you be surprised if I told you my Friday list took two days to get through?  And I didn’t really get through it all, I haven’t been outside.

But, I did do this:


I know, these painting pictures all look the same.  But here’s what’s done – four of the five wooden cases are painted (insides only, outsides will be covered by trim) the fifth one has two coats everywhere it needs it, and just needs a third coat on the bottom shelf.  I’ll do that first thing in the morning.  Also complete are the 5 backs.  Four have been done for a week or so, I did the fifth one yesterday and today.  I really love the blue, which dries much darker than it goes on, thankfully.  Doesn’t the color look great with the blue of the walls? Encouraging A to remember our compromise, I haven’t painted any of the actual shelves.  🙂  I can do that when the boxes are installed.  Most of them are primed, and just need finish coats (3) and the ones that aren’t yet primed can wait until that 6th box is ready to be painted, as the primer is oil based and a pain to clean up.

I also took the Danse Macabre from this:


to this:


to this:

I am so in love with this shawl and thrilled that I get to keep it!  The designer is Boo Knits; the pattern is Danse Macabre.  It is the MKAL I did in April, and while I didn’t finish with the gang, I did push hard on it, and I learned some lessons.  The big one is not to do a Boo Knits MKAL – I can’t do her patterns in a month.  I love them, they are unbelievably easy to follow, she charts and writes instructions, thinks about everything.  She creates beautiful lace.  It is my second one, and I will make more.  But not in a crazy month.  I think my speed is more like 2-3 months. And that is with focus.

I also learned that I love tussah silk, which this is not.  This is Juniper Moon Farm Findley which I already knew I loved.  But the pattern called for tussah silk, so before the month was over, I ordered some of what the design called for.  And I can see that it will make a very different cloth. I love all the photos of my fellow KALers’ projects, and I can’t wait to make a shawl from the stuff.

Meanwhile, here’s my art shot of the day:


So.  You might be able to see in the blocking photo all the empty boxes that once held pins.  I had some blocking squares left, but Maluka had to wait until this morning, for want of pins.

This was a much easier job – wires at the top, a pin at each point, half an hours’ work, as opposed to the two plus that was Danse.


I am hoping for a couple of things to happen with this blocking.  The first is that merciless stretching will gain some width in this – it seems more like a scarf than a shawl.

The second is that the top will not roll, also the result of merciless blocking.  I thread the wires through every single stitch, and pinned it tight, so it isn’t rolling now, but I bet when I release the tension, that top will roll.

This is a pretty shawlette, in yarn I love – it is called “like lichen”, but it really is aqua and blue (are lichen blue and aqua? I always think of them as silvery, or bright orange), so of course I love it.  However – if I do this again, I will do some heavy modification.  That thing that looks like a cable is really wrapped stitches, and it was a pain in the neck.  I’ll put a cable in if I do it again.  I will also do the eyelet more like Kate Davies Hap for Harriet than this is.  They are very similar, YO in garter, but this uses a double yarn over in the last one to create the extra stitch – Davies just does one more YO than she does SSK.  I like it better.  And I would do one more row of eyelet in each point so it isn’t so clunky.  Then I hope I will remember to bind off the proper number of stitches in each point, since I will have increased more than the three the pattern calls for.  Lastly, I will make it wider.  That will require a second skein, of course.  And the edging did take me forever, so making it bigger means longer than forever.  But I think the finished garment will be more useful.

Also, thinking about using a different color for the border and the body.  Not sure about that, but as this is far down my queue now, I have time.

For now, I will work on Reyna and baby hats for sale.  Reyna is almost done – or rather, I am almost out of yarn.  This will be a good game of yarn chicken as the skein the store sent is 50 yards shorter than the yarn recommended in the pattern.  Glad I got my fancy scale for Christmas!  I’ll weigh after each row and try to use every inch.

I will leave you with these photos of my supervisor.  Normally, I don’t let her in while I am blocking, but today she snuck in when I wasn’t looking. Apparently, pin cushions are wonderful toys.  She even got a pin out and was batting it about.  That got her evicted.




PS. The clothes came and everything fit!  Miracle.  And the new blue skirt matches the Danse Macabre shawl perfectly.  Life is good.









22 thoughts on “Saturday report”

  1. I love how you painted the backs of your bookcases that blue. What a great accent they’ll be. The first shawl is stunning! I have tried any of her patterns. I will go look now.

    1. Thanks! I think that will add some dimension once the shelves are full.
      Her patterns look complicated, this one is 16 pages or so , nine charts. But they are so well planned and written that they aren’t hard to do. Just have lots of stitch markers, and try to find skeins that have enough yardage so you don’t deal with joins. And get lots of stitch markers! I had about 30 going on this one.

  2. Looking good, all around! I think it’s fascinating that the bookcases and the Danse shawl seem to be the exact same colors! And what a difference the blocking makes–your pictures really show that! One of my cats consistently finds my pin cushion and steals pins–it had to go behind closed doors . . .

    1. The blues are pretty funny, aren’t they? I do love a good blue. 🙂

      I never had a cat go for my pincushion before – it seems like a dangerous game. But she was batting and spinning it around. She just loves being in the craft room. So many wonderful toys.

    1. Thanks! I thought about lots of other colors, got samples of a bright pink and a turquoise, but when it came right down to saying “I want this one” this blue is what happened. 🙂

    1. 🙂 thanks – she is a cute one. She is also security (dressed in black and white and keeping a close watch on everything) when we need it. Her sister is our resident napper. Everything gets past her!

      I love that shawl, too, can’t wait to wear it!

    1. Thank you! You should check out the ravelry group – there are so many beautiful shawls finished in this MKAL. (Almost) makes me want to cast right on!

  3. As always you are truly amazing. Everything came out looking great. The shawls are lovely. Love your little helper. Who knew a pin cushion could be so entertaining?

  4. Beautiful bookcase color. It’ll be a beautiful asset to your home.
    Your MKAL shawl is wonderful. I can see why you’re smitten with it. You did a beautiful job on it. It’s so dainty and delicate. The shadow photo is quite fun.
    Your shawlette is charming. It’ll be lovely when it’s finished
    You do great work. I admire your talent.
    I love your cat. She a gorgeous gal. She’s so sweet and fun.

    1. Thank you!! I can not WAIT to get that wall of bookcases complete – it has been a long time coming, but I think the end is in sight.

      Thanks for the kind words on the knitting – I love doing it, and like to wear things that are unique and the colors I love (blue!). I also love selling things to get money for more yarn, to feed the vicious circle, but these are ones I am keeping.

      Allie says thank you, she knows she is a cute little peanut. Zumba, her sister, wants you to know that there is beauty in NOT making everything a cat toy, but rather, sitting and napping in the window while the birds sing. She says she will let me post her photo someday soon.

    1. Thank you – it is SO pretty. It was a major commitment of time, but I do think it was worth it. 🙂 I credit Claire at MollieandClaire for connecting me with Boo Knits, it is my second shawl, and they are really amazingly beautiful. I’d make you one, if you didn’t care WHEN I did it – I am all booked up at the moment.

  5. Wow – that shawl is just too gorgeous for words!! Isn’t it amazing how much difference blocking can make, the lace has opened out beautifully. I have little ‘helpers’ too, I once caught one sat on a shawl I was blocking, pins and all – now that can’t have been comfortable!!

    1. lol – I try so hard to keep the helpers and their excess fiber away from my knitting, and if it is for sale, I am ruthless with them. But the “for me” knits often wind up with a bit of black fur accent here and there.

      I can’t imagine sitting on a pinned shawl! Ouch!

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