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It’s been quite a day! This morning, I wended my way to This is Knit with my notebook and swatches. It was so nice to talk to Lisa about wool and patterns and all things knitterly. I put forth two ideas and after some happy mulling, came away with some of this…

I christen thee, Spring Top

…and some Kidsilk Night, which was quickly turned into this!

Pretty, non?

When testing out lace stitches, I originally knit this one in cotton. It is so much nicer in mohair! After taking this picture, I realised that the swatch was a little pulled at the edges, so I re-pinned it before taking a second measurement, and I’m happy to report that it’s not nearly as holey. I am really excited about both of these projects and plan on taking the lace on first, as I think pattern-writing-wise it will be more straight forward. I’ve never written a pattern for other people to use (my own notes are ridiculous) so I think it will be the actual writing, opposed to the knitting and maths, that will be the challenge for me. I’m not afraid of it, but I plan on taking the time and doing it properly. One step at a time!

I got the bizarre urge to crochet a face cloth. Out came the Happy Hooker and soon I was popcorn-stitching my way to a new scrubby for the shower tomorrow!

It took me about half an hour to complete. I used some discontinued Tivoli Cruise DK that I got on sale for about e2 a ball. There is 210 metres in a ball so I think I’ll be getting a good few more facecloths out of it! Mother’s Day is coming up and I’m not going to be able to make it home to pamper my mum. I was thinking it would be really nice to crochet her up one or two cloths (maybe not such crazy colours) and wrap them up with some yummy soap to send along to her instead.

Speaking of my mum… shortly after I started this blog in November 2005, I completed a shawl for my mum for Christmas. I used a free pattern I found called Kiri (opens pdf!). I made it the full size and it used about two and a half balls of Kidsilk Haze. You can see a bad picture of the completed shawl here (scroll down a bit). She loved it and wears it often… but I never blocked it. It’s always been in the back of my mind to block it out but I never got around to it, until this week.

Now I want to keep it for myself! I’ve been making powerful progress on my second blue sock – I turned the heel just as I was coming into Blackrock on the bus this morning!

So, all in all, a productive day 🙂

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