Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blue II

So in last week's edition of Ginny's yarn along I told you about how off-kilter I've been with knitting lately. Busy schedule, no particular project grabbing at my attention, casting on, ripping out...

And I think I've found a cure.

Meet two little skeins of Baby Alpaca Lace.

Soooo soft.

Soooo pretty.

Now I just have to make the final decision on how to use it. I'm down to just three shawls...

What would you make with 850 yards of this laceweight?

And this is March's sock. I haven't even turned the heel yet. I'm going to put a hustle on it and see what comes of it before Friday, but I also need to finish up mitts for my sweet sister-in-law Abby who has been patiently waiting during my brief season of discontent with knitting. Any bets on when I might finish this sock? Do you think I have a chance to finish them by Monday?

Part of the lack of progress on this month's sock is due to all the school planning that has filled our evenings lately. Our local homeschool conference is just a few weeks off and I've been trying to make sure that I know exactly what I'm interested in before I head to the conference. This stack of files and books has followed me all over the place over the last few weeks!

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  1. Oooo, that is beautiful baby alpaca...even if laceweight makes me sweat...and sock-making for that matter.

  2. I have never felt baby alpaca before, but maybe I need to. It looks soft even in the picture. I am glad our homeschool conference isn't until June or I wouldn't get anything done.

  3. Beautiful lace!! I wish I could work with that weight, my fingers are too clumsy!!

  4. great wool! great colour!
    much love, d.

  5. I'm with MJ - my hands would be too clumsy with such beautiful lightweight alpaca. I love the color though.
    I'm betting you finish the socks by Friday. :-)

  6. I have been working with finer weight yarns lately. I'm still adjusting to them. The ones I've used are not very soft though. Yours is very beautiful! Do you wear scarves? Maybe you should spoil yourself this time. :)

    I'm delighted to see that you are considering work on writing with your boys. This is an area quite neglected by my son's teachers years ago. I think they felt that once penmanship was conquered that their work was done! In any case, he now spends a huge amount of time writing in his work...and I hope we made it easier for him!

  7. Ladies, I thought I'd be clumsy with laceweight too, but I was determined to try- I went very slowly with my first laceweight project and worried that I'd have to rip back, but it actually went very well! And now I'm looking at shawls all the time...

    Marie, writing is one of those things that is a non-negotiable for our boys education. Writing well is one of the main end-goals. It is such an important skill for college and for their careers!

  8. I wish I had a lace suggestion for you. It is lovely.

  9. OH... Alpaca laceweight... I would die to be able to have the time and energy to knit with that right now. Beautiful!

  10. Oh how nice to have a homeschool conference! That would be lovely. I am embarking on our homeschooling journey next year and I would love to have something like that!

  11. i think that alpaca is screaming to be a lace shawl of sorts!

  12. I've never worked with really fine yarn, so I'm afraid have no suggestions. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to do with it through!


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