Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekend Shawl

Weekend Shawl. Number 17 in 2011. Am I obscessive? When I look at a yarn, all I think of is what kind of a shawl it will make.
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Findley I love this yarn!
Needles: Size US 5

I love to show pictures of lace prior to blocking to show how it blossoms with blocking.

I made the large size, but my finished measurements were smaller as my gauge apparently was not accurate. I had lots of yarn left over, so could have used larger needles, but I liked this fabric.

The shawl pin is one of Romi's.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NW Burbs Weekend Retreat

Last weekend I had a "BIG" birthday and celebrated it with 10 knitters in a retreat home across the river from Red Wing, MN. What could be better!

We had lots of food! This is just the appetizers on the first evening.

We visited the Riverside Suri Alpaca farm in Lake City. I had been there with the MN Knitters' Days and arranged for us to visit. I wasn't going to take many pictures, but the alpacas are so cute! Sara was the friendliest.

 Eleanor was very entertaining-and Sara very patient.

Alpacas teeth grow and have to be trimmed usually once a year, but this one grows faster.

Dana, the owner, was very gracious-even decorated for my birthday. (Wonder who told her?)

I didn't take any pictures of us knitting-I was too busy knitting. Nor did I take any pictures of any more meals-I was too busy eating. We did have some excitement as about midnight the ceiling fan sent out sparks and smelled hot, so had a visit from 3 fire trucks and the county sheriff. I was in bed, not sleeping, so could hear all the giggling and talking. Obviously nothing was harmed except the fan.

Birthday celebration with my daughter, Gloria.


Thursday, November 10, 2011


Shawl # 17 for 2011!
Buttonwillow by Romi Hill.
Yarn: Pagewood Farm Alyeska in color Fire Red
This was such a fun, relaxing knit. I added 4 repeats of Chart B to enlarge the shawl which made it a nice size and it is so comfy and should be warm. After blocking it measures 27 inches by 83 inches. The color did come off on my hands and the white robe I wear in the evenings, so hope it doesn't come off on my clothes when I wear it.

Romi showed these flexible blocking wires on her blog, so I ordered a set. I love them! These are the wires I used to block Buttonwillow and you can see how they can be pinned to the shape of the shawl. They are available at

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