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13. July 2009 09:00
by Jobo

Swallowtail Progress

13. July 2009 09:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

This was one of those weekends where crafting took a backseat to LIFE in general.  We are in the midst of trying to sell our house, so that means impromptu showings, open houses, and lots of prep work. 

We had been slacking bigtime on getting the yard work done before the wedding.  in fact Slacking may not even be the best word for it.  Marky and I both knew that the flowerbeds were starting to resemble an overgrown amazon weed pile... but neither of us had the will power to get off our butts and go outside and do something about it.  Well this weekend, we ripped out weeds and edged flowerbeds, moved things around, and generally removed the junk, reorganized what we had and attempted to make progress.  I must admit, the situation looked pretty dire in the beginning, but we really made a big difference in the end.   The vegetable garden had also gotten neglected this year.... we finally planted a few "fast growers" and hopefully in a few weeks we will have some basics coming up.  We planted mostly green leafy things (aka:  lettuce, spinach, oregano, basil, rosemary) which are edible before they are full grown anyways.  Usually, we do tomatoes but they tend to completely take over the garden (with mammoth efficiency) so we didn't plant any this year.

So basically... I had Really dirty fingernails... but didn't accomplish much fibery or knitterly this weekend.  I worked on my spinning a very little bit each day... just enough to not get kicked off the Tour de Fleece (it says spin each day... it doesn't say for how long!!)

In the evenings I did get to work on my Swallowtail Shawl a little bit though...

This is coming along quite nicely so far.  I haven’t had any segments of the yarn that felt like they would drift apart or like they were “weakened” in any way… despite being singles that are twisted the wrong way!


I have almost completed the “budding lace” portion of the body section… I’m finished of 13 of the 14 repeats of that chart!  Then the next section is a new lace pattern.  I’m not sure whether it is big enough though with just the 14 repeats – debating doing a few more, but I’m not sure the ramifications of whether the extra repeats will mess up the Lily Border or not?

I am also debating on whether or not to work the nupps.  I know that I have lots of resources to learn how to do them properly (I got a copy of Knitted Lace of Estonia while I was away off Island last month)  but I still kind of like the way that the beads look… and plus the added stress of worrying if I will run out of yarn!  Nupps apparently take a LOT of yarn to work… more than one would think, whereas beads are a pain to put in, but look sparkly and pretty… so many decisions so little time.  I have to either use the beads or not… which means I either have to go out this weekend and buy some, or take my chances with the nuppie things.

I am really enjoying watching the blue and grey and lavender shades fly by my needles.  The changes are subtle enough that sometimes I don’t even notice that I’ve moved through another colour… now that's relaxing.

I had been working on straight needles (since that's all I had in that size at the time) but recently switched over to a set of circs.  I'm really liking the feeling of the circs versus the straights for some reason... I usually hate circs!  maybe I'm coming over to the Dark Side?  shudder!

More later :)

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