Friday, July 06, 2007

I am NOT A Lace Knitter what in the world is happening to me?

This is all Pat's fault. She got me started with one teensy tiny pattern at the guild retreat at the Mountain in February. Okay, that one took forever, but I finished it, finally. Of course, I was distracted by doing the Branching Out scarf at the same time. Maybe I should have known it was hopeless right then.

So, now I've got Cotton Candy going with 4.5 repeats complete. I'm actually calling it Verdegris because that's what this gorgeous Jade Sapphire yarn looks like to me. No problem, one lace project. That's really all I can handle, right?

But somehow the lace stash is growing, almost without my knowing it. I've been putting it in this corner, or that, and haven't really noticed any growth in the lace department.

But now I'm doing MS3--Clue 2 came out this morning but I'm pausing for a moment. While I was waiting for Clue 2, I went to the guild meeting last night. Somehow I came away with two skeins of Jojoland Harmony (880 yds apiece--and yes, they're the same color!) from Needlenook and two of Lane Borgosseia Cashwool (1460 yds each) from Cast-on Cottage, Hmmm ... roughly 4,700 yards of new lace yarn. What in the world am I thinking?

So, this morning I went around the bedroom and picked up all the loose lace yarn (no wonder Mr. Pug is rolling his eyes frantically when I bring another bag into the house), and put them all in one beautiful basket, The bad news:

The good news: it's a big basket and there's still room for more.

Finally, at the guild potluck dinner last night, the lovely Allison showed off her new passion, making stitch markers. Now, I need stitch markers like I need a yarn over in the head, but ... well, check it out:

The little Sheepy jumped into my knitting bag courtesy of Debra, who loves all things sheepish and thinks I need one more obsession. Thanks a lot, Debra!

Allison is going to design the guild scarecrow for the Atlanta Botanical Gardens scarecrow exhibition. Several of us had some fun last night brainstorming--some of these women are so talented and creative, it was just fun to watch their minds at work. I have no idea what the finished product will look like, but I bet we'll have fun doing it. I didn't keep a copy of the rules, but I gather they're fairly general but must, of course, be waterproof since they are exhibited outside for a few weeks. More as that develops.

MS3 update -- well, just when I thought I had thoroughly alienated the Yarn Harlot by my posting about her (just kidding, Steph! I know you don't know I'm alive ... sigh), she joined the MS3 insanity last night. I'm not saying it was because she read about it on my blog and wanted to be cool like me, just sayin'. Anyway, her participation, the night before Clue 2 and the list closing today, drove the group well over 5,000 in a matter of hours. Amazing ... I mean, do the math, if even 25% of these people hang in there, that's a bunch of lace. I did a little recruiting myself at the meeting last night because ... well, because I could.

Welcome, Steph!


Janice in GA said...

I am SO NOT going to post my lace yarn stash. I could knit exclusively with what I have there for the rest of my life, I think.

ddknits said...

I just laughed out loud when I saw the yarn that followed you home to meet their new friends. I'm glad you've got a big basket because you'll probably find some more lace yarn in the next few days either hiding in your house or it might just jump in your car. You never know.