My lacy cowl/capelet is blocking. I cast off while at my daughter’s robotics competition in DC this weekend. Sitting elbow-to-elbow in a large arena with blaring music, cheering, and horns for three days just about sent me over the edge. It was such a relief when the noise ended and we were in the car heading back towards Richmond.
The before-and-after blocking of lacy pieces is one of my favorite parts of knitting. I had my shriveled up piece of knitting in the sink and on my blocking mat before I ever unpacked our suitcases. 🙂
My hubby picked out a beautiful tweed yarn for a scarf. I picked out the super soft grey alpaca blend for a summer wrap. And, the cone of sparkly lurex will add a little bling to a knitted project. (I found some Becky!!)
Currently on my needles is another lacy cowl project. This cowl uses the bee stitch again with yarn from a dyed sock blank. While the sock blanks are beautiful, I find knitting from them magnifies the beauty of the coloration. I’m excited to see how this one turns out.
For years, I’ve knitted on needles from Knit Picks. They have been work horses and have stood up to the hours and hours of knitting but I’ve been itching to try out a “luxury” needle. I found a set of ChiaoGoo interchangeables in an Etsy shop at a great price and ordered them. My newest cowl is on these needles and I’ve got to say that the difference is noticeable. The joins are smoother. They feel better in my hands. The cable has a better feel. Not to say that there is anything wrong with my Knit Picks needles, but the ChaioGoos are definitely a delight to knit with!