Yay, I've found the shawl I'm going to do, as a practice shawl before the Dragone one. I can't wait to get started! I tried to pick a pattern that was difficult enough to actually be a warm-up to the Dragone shawl, not a simple eyelet shawl. Wish me luck! Anyone wishing to knit a shawl along with me, it would be fun. We'll exchange pics and post them on each others web sites, what say? I'm not going to start a second blog for it unless I get an amazing amount of people knitting along, which I don't expect, as most of you all have your own projects picked out for the summer, probably. Still, you never know. Lots of people joined up for the dishcloth contest. If I got, say, at least ten people agreeing to do the shawl knitalong, I'd randomly pick a winner at the end of the summer, and give away some fiber. Send me an email or post in the comments to let me know. And if only a couple of people want to do it, we'll be posting pics for you to enjoy!
I'll be ordering the yarn this week, or getting it from my LYS. I don't have a lot of luck there. I think the owner and I have different tastes, though I have scored Noro Silver Garden there, and she has many, many colors of wool. She doesn't have much cotton, and I think I'll surprise her that I want fingering weight yarn. I'd love to try Alpaca and silk, but we'll see. I want to get started, you know? So if she doesn't have it, I may not be able to wait for the snail mail, and will substitute something else. It helps that my husband is excited about this shawl, too, so any yarn purchases are going to pass by the household budget without a backward glance. Isn't it nice to be so supported in your craft? And the mother-in-law's quilt may never get done. I feel bad about that late at night, when I stop and think about it. During the day, though, it's full speed ahead on the knitting.
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