Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Elwells in Torrance!

Kristen and Hannah

and Molly

and Lydia

and Emily

Hannah again



Caleb, Joanne, and Kristen

Friday, June 12, 2009

Finally finished the April in Chicago socks...

Which perhaps should now be called California June Gloom socks?

I have no idea why it took me 3 weeks to knit the first sock of this pair. the second sock went very fast, and I finished it in a week.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

the shawl!

I am so happy with the results of my first lace-weight triangular neck-down shawl. The pattern is from Evelyn Clark's Knitting Lace Triangles, and although some points seemed mysterious to me as I read through it, once I started, each step was clear as I came to it.

I knit the entire thing is less than a month, even with stopping for a couple of days to make another small item. I expected lace to take a long time, but actually this was rather speedy. After blocking it and ironing it a bit, it is a very good size--about 22" from neck to point down the back, and 58" "wingspan." I used one whole skein of Sarah's Yarns mongolian cashmere, plus a small amount of a second skein.

The softness, the drape, the warmth are spectacular, if I may say so myself. And I have enough of the yarn left to make another scarf or small shawl. (I guess the yarn was $29 a skein, though it seems like I may have paid less than that. In any case, it was money well spent!)