They're almost finished now (these pix are from earlier in the week) and I'm trying very hard to finish and block them without casting on a piece of Kidsilk Haze lace, but I don't think I'm going to make it. Do you?
The baby shawl is finished and blocked. It didn't grow as much as I expected - perhaps I wasn't as fierce as I could have been, but I forgot to measure it beforehand anyway.
I collected the blocking wires from Jean on Monday and hope to do Icarus over the weekend. We went to K1 Yarns and I got the sweetest ball of Orkney Angora - the 100% angora one - which I'll use for a Christmas present for friend who is soppy about rabbits. The 50gm ball has 400 metres and I'm thinking of doing a Shetland Triangle. The first piece of lace I knitted was one of these and I've wanted to another one ever since.
Keeping me going on the scarf front is the fact that I won this.
Getting something like this is very time-consuming, because the first thing I do is check the blogs of everyone else they've mentioned, and then quite a few of the blogs mentioned on those blogs. And so on. This is one of the nice things about the Internet, how one good thing leads to another.
I stopped off to buy Woolly Wormhead's new book of children's hats, Wee Woolly Toppers. Have a look at them: they're modelled by her lovely little boy. Go on, you know you want one.
I have to nominate four more, and I've decided not to duplicate any that Jean and Fishwife chose, so it's hard.
In no special order, Just Another Raveller, who doesn't just knit but tells us about the local (to her) history of knitting too. And makes up her own patterns as she goes along, gasp.
Kristina at Bespoke by Brouhaha, who isn't posting very much just now because of family responsibilities, but usually dazzles by how much she does and how much she blogs.
And, although I know she's too busy to be bothered with the likes of this, Annie Modesitt, who is the person I would like to hope I could be if I ever had to deal with so much adversity.
And Miss Alice Faye, who doesn't post very often but who knits the most breathtaking lace and also has the gall to take breathtaking photographs of it, making me feel inadequate twice over. Look at this. And this, gulp.
It's a pity I can't nominate LOLCATS because they've been on such a roll lately.
I'm just so impressed that this site has gone on for so long simply on the goodwill of the people who track down photos and make up silly captions. Long live the sillier aspects of human nature.
A big thanks too, to all the people who left comments from in response to my last post, about the Jigzone link - jetlady, I'll describe how to do the hat in my next post. It's lovely to know you're all still out there.