8.21.2006

Let the blocking commence!

Yes, that's right--I finished knitting on my Kiri shawl this morning in an interminable meeting. I can't normally knit at work (we don't have very many meetings in my immediate area because there are so few of us), but twice/year we have a 3+ hour meeting with every full-time employee, and I can knit to my heart's content. It's the only good thing about the meetings, honestly.

But don't let me distract you from the big news. I'll repeat it, it's so exciting: I'm done knitting my Kiri shawl! I haven't blocked it, so I don't have a photo yet, but I'm going to block sometime this week, I swear.

I haven't kept up with the Kiri saga here on my nerdy blog...let me sum it up thusly: stopped knitting/finished to be sure I'd have enough yarn...ended up with 1 entire ball left over, and a kid-sized finished shawl...tinked (yes, that means unknit, stitch by stitch) about 15 rows of fuzzy yarn, each with at least 200+ stitches. That alone took me a week to accomplish...once the unknitting was completed, I worked additional repeats on the body of the shawl, then reknit the edging, and bound off this morning, with a teeny clown nose sized ball of yarn left over. I can't wait to block it (never thought you'd read that on my blog, I bet). It's going to be beautiful! I don't know if I have a big enough space to use for pinning...hmmm...

In other knitting news, here's a long overdue photo of my felted bowl from my pal, N, who lives in New Zealand. (See my June 14 entry for the description of how this to-be-felted project came to be.)

Felting project complete


Isn't it beautiful? I think I might felt it a bit more, but I'm enjoying its sweetness as-is for the moment.

This entry has a bit of everything knitting-related: finished projects, felted things, overseas pals...and now, for your viewing pleasure, I bring you to Kid Hollow Farm, where the owner, Pat, was kind enough to let me and my friend, E, walk amongst the goats, petting and scritching as we went. We also met her 3 guard dogs, including a very shy Lulu, who has only been with Pat's crew for a week. What a sweet girl Lulu is! I was sent there on a mission for my nerdy mommy: bring a hank of undyed brushed mohair to ask Pat to dye it. Easy enough, right? Well, Nerdy Knitter didn't factor in the fact that she would be seeing Pat's beautiful yarns...so yes, I came home with a skein of beautiful, beautiful yarn (photo sometime this week, I hope).

Boy, I left there so in love with those goaty-goats that I started wondering how we could add some to our Nerdy Home. Impossible, I know, but it's so appealing to consider the idea!

And now, I'm off to rip out 3 rows of the in-progress sweater I haven't touched for months on end. No wonder I couldn't remember which size I'd chosen or where I was in the process!

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