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Saturday, December 27, 2008


Lyra. She is done! If it seems like it was started a long time ago, it was. However, there was quite a long time out period while I decided if the yarn was right for this piece. In the end, I'm glad I continued with it. To refresh your memory, this is Touch from Yarn Place with a fiber content of 85% Merino/10% Tencel/5% Cashmere. It is very soft and the tencel content gives it a nice drape and maybe contributes to it holding it's block nicely (hope so! because these Niebling pieces take forever to pin out).

A slight problem developed during the blocking process, though. One of those heart stopping moments when you peer across from the other side of the circle and see more open work than should be there.
Luckily I was able to catch this run before it escaped the solid area of the flower head. Out in the mesh section it would have been much more difficult to repair.

At first I wasn't sure whether it was caused by a join coming apart, a weak spot in the yarn, or twisted stitch that didn't get caught securely. It turned out to be the latter.
Took a few quiet moments to repair and it's not altogether perfect but will do. BTW, this is the most accurate pic as to color. It's what I'd call orchid and with the floral theme seems to be the ultimate shawl to wear in Hawaii. So, this one will be saved for a return visit to paradise. Ya'll keep your fingers crossed for me that it will happen next year. okay?

Oooh, looky here. I must have been good this year because this beauty of a spindle showed up under the Christmas tree. It's a Golding Art Nouveau--1.6 oz. Let me tell you, it spins like lightening. One of the reasons why I love the Golding spindles is because it's so easy to get them going with just a finger flick--some of my other spindles need a thigh roll to really give them alot of speed.
It's resting on the Sept (or maybe August) offering from the Spunky Club called Thermograph. Nice BFL fiber to put it through it's paces.
Here's a shot of the side of the spindle. These newer Goldings have more wood surrounding the ring. They also aren't set up to be made into a bottom whorl like the older models.

Hope you had a Happy Christmas and here's to a great New Year!


At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Kerry said...

Hate those heart-stopping moments! Looks like a perfect repair, though.

LOVE your new spindle!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger June said...

Well, you know how I feel about your Lyra, it's GORGEOUS, don'tcha know! The color is really pretty.

Ok, now on to the Golding - OH Wow! It's gorgeous, girl, just gorgeous. What you can do with a spindle. . . that fiber is looking really nice spun up, too! Any plans for it??

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

Lyra is just perfection! I love the colour, and you're right, it's the perfect Hawaii shawl.

Your new Golding is spectacular - you must have been a very good girl indeed!

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Soo said...

Eeeeeek!!! What a frightening blocking moment that must have been. So pleased you were able to rescue it -- and I certainly couldn't spot the repair.


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