Sunday, March 21, 2010

I Should be Cleaning

I should be cleaning for Pesach but the day is so beautiful that I just had to get some pictures in the sun.

I'm on the last 8 or so rows of Legolas. Almost ready to add the leaf tips.

Here's a picture of my Evenstar circular lace shawl. In about 13 rounds, when I switch to a longer cable I will pin it out so you can see the design. This is my first project in lace weight yarn and my first circular shawl. I'm so excited it's turning out so well! Sometimes I amaze myself.

Speaking of amazing myself:

Yeah, I spun that. About 56 yards, 2 ply, light worsted weight. I still have a few more grams of fiber to spin up and ply. Can't wait to see what my final yardage is. I might make myself a pair of lacy fingerless mitts or a cowl, dunno yet.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy pi Day!

In honor of pi day I picked up my spindle and spun some amazing fiber and totally blew myself away with my talent.

That is all.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nothing Better to Do

I am knitting lace. Yes, lace.


Some of you will remember the Revontuli that got frogged because I messed up on a YO. Then there was the lace purse that only took a few days to knit but most of a year to block and line. I finished that last week BTW. I love it.

Well I'm going for another shawl. Two really, from the same designer, Susan Pandorf of Sunflower Designs. They're from her Lord of the Rings series and the entire set of patterns looks to be totally amazing. I signed up for her Mystery KAL for her shawl called Evenstar. I was the 960th to sign up and I won the entire set of 7 patterns! One of the patterns I won is called Legolas. It's a small triangular shawl with undulating leaves running through the whole thing. I'm about half way done. I love this one too.

And socks. Of course.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Three Months and Counting


It's almost Pesach. We're talking three weeks from now. That's just over 21 days. So why do I decide to start writing in my blog now? It's waited this long, what's another few weeks? I could talk about how it's helpful to have a record of my cleaning progress or accountability or my pre-Pesach knitting or my guest list or my menu plans...


It's simpler than that.


In our morning prayers we ask the Almighty to remove the 'evil' inclination not only from behind us but from in front of us. Behind us is self explanatory, it's the way we allow ourselves to be pushed into eating food that's not healthy, or having one more drink, or letting our anger yell at our kids; I could think of thousands of examples. But why do we ask for the 'evil' inclination be removed from in front of us? This is the classic example of doing good things for all the wrong reasons. It's the idea that we really need just one more kugel for Shabbos when we know we have enough food, or when we decide to sit down and write that thank you note when the dishes need washing up. It's what makes us say yes to a friend even though we know we won't have time to make dinner for our family.

It's also what makes us say: I'll get to whatever it is soon, my admiring followers (all 9 of you) have been waiting three months for me to show off my FO's and chat about my plans for my garden and talk about what I'm making for Yom Tov. I have an obligation. Right?

Baloney. But we all know I'm going to do it anyway.