November 11, 2013
Got home yesterday afternoon and am enjoying a snowy Veterans’ Day at home while I put all my stuff away, smile over my finished objects, and wind more bobbins.
I finished 3 Christmas ornaments: one large red bauble and two small white bells. The red one was started back in August at the last guild meeting I attended and I didn’t touch it again until the retreat. But it’s finished, I love it, and I just wound bobbins to make it again. This time I’m going to change a few elements.
I love the little bells, I’m going to sew on a bead or two for the clappers since I wasn’t in the mood to make a tally. These turned out to be great teaching lessons for my friend Colleen and she turned out 3 of them (2 white and 1 red) during the weekend! What an accomplishment!
The red bauble took 30 pairs of Guterman size 50 sewing thread and a mystery gold metallic for the workers in the fans. The white bells were made with 4 pairs of Bockens 36/2 linen.
Here’s one of the bells in progress on my pillow:
The Shalom Center in Dubuque is a great place. The rooms are comfortable, the food is excellent, and the conference room is spacious with lots of light. There were 14 of us at the retreat. Most were working on ornaments. It’s always fun to get together with people that speak the same lace language! It’s something I look forward to every year.
November 8, 2013
I’m Retreating with the Doris Southard Lace Guild this weekend in Dubuque. It starts tonight but I decided to take the day off so I could get packed and decide what I’m going to work on. Good thing, because here I am at 8 a.m. and I have no idea what I’m going to do! Last year I had the big scarf project planned, but this year I’m just dithering. Nothing on my pillows but an ornament, so I think I’m going to finish that and try to make a few more. I’m getting excited; finished sewing the lace on my nametag this morning. The nametag is very old (1995 or 1996?) and the lace is very well-traveled. It’s a piece of Ipswich lace that I made and it went to Japan for the OIDFA conference a few years ago as a part of the American lace display. It just happened to fit around my nametag. I love the nametag because it has both a bobbin lace pillow and a tatting shuttle on it to show both my passions. Hopefully I will have some finished lace to show after the weekend!
January 6, 2013
I tried to keep my Christmas gifting to a manageable level and was able to finish everything in plenty of time for the holiday.
I made fingerless mitts for my nieces and nephew.
A bobbin lace scarf for my mom. I need to get a photo of her wearing it.
Close up of the lace. It’s a ‘s Gravenmoerse pattern. It ended up about 60″ long and took me 60 hours to complete. Now for the first time in forever I don’t have any bobbin lace projects on pillows. I’m going to have to fix that really soon. I loved working on this scarf so much that I think I’m going to make one for myself also.
Also, two TARDIS hats (for son and nephew), lacy green Orenburg cuffs for my mother-in-law, and socks for Grandma. Yes, the socks were done in time for Christmas, but I took the photo early because I had to get the other gifts wrapped. I also knit a handful of Orenburg lace-style dish cloths. None of them ended up as gifts, yet, but I like to have them on hand. And they were great practice for my next project, an Orenburg lace stole, that I started on New Year’s.
November 6, 2012
Had a wonderful time at the Doris Southard Lace Guild retreat that was held in Dubuque last weekend. Started a new project, a ‘s Gravenmoerse bobbin lace scarf. Fourteen members were there and we got a lot of lacemaking done. I’ll do a more in-depth report on the retreat later.
September 16, 2012
The Doris Southard Lace Guild meeting was in Galena today and I did a short presentation for the group about my Princess lace machine. We had a nice mix of people, with the local members all there, members from Moline and Cedar Rapids, and some visitors from Galena, Dubuque and Rockford that made the drive to see us. Some of us met for lunch before the meeting which was held in the Desoto House Hotel. The room was great, with good light. I think we did a lot of chatting and sharing, but some lace was made.
June 12, 2012
I am making progress on my Romanian Point lace doily; just 4 more sets of bars and centers. I’m getting tired of making these wrapped bars; I think next time I will mix it up a little and not leave them all for the end!
I’ve been making cord for my next project, which will be a design of my very own! Exciting…
Also, I FINALLY finished the lace for my fan. This lace was started at the 2010 Doris Southard Lace Guild retreat. Even though I estimated it takes about an hour to do one repeat of the pattern, and there are 38 repeats, there’s no excuse that this took a year and a half to finish. Regardless, it looks great, I love ‘s Gravenmoerse lace, and now I just have to mount it on the fan. The lace was designed to fit this fan and it looks like it will be a perfect fit. I’m going to stitch it to the ribbon at the top of the fan sticks. The only thing wrong with that is the white stitches that will show on the back. I have an idea about how to hide that, do you have an idea for me to consider?
May 30, 2012
I haven’t been doing much stitching lately; too many good books to read. But I have a square Romanian Point lace doily that is very close to finished, some knitted face cloths that just need the ends woven in, a finished bobbin lace bookmark that is going in the mail to my exchange partner, and a pair of knitted socks that have just gotten interesting. I guess that’s a fair bit, but it still seems like low numbers to me.
Here are the face cloths that I’ve been knitting. The Spa yarn is bamboo and acrylic and it has a really nice, soft drape and hand, even when wet.
I also finished a bobbin lace bookmark that is going to be sent to my exchange partner in England. I hope she likes it. This is one of my favorite patterns, designed by Susan Wenzel.
March 10, 2012
Audrey and I had a wonderful time at the Knitting Pipeline Retreat in Washington, IL last weekend. We left Rockford Friday morning and wound our way down there, visiting 4 yarn shops in the process! I didn’t buy much, but found some sock yarn (of course) for Ted and a pattern booklet for me. The shops were all sweet, and best of all we ran into retreaters at each one. Even in the restaurant for lunch we were identifying the Knitters as they came through the door.
I didn’t get much knitting done; I was too busy talking, watching the break-out sessions, and scoping out what everyone else was doing. I did take my portable lace pillow and gave a quick demonstration to some people around me. It surprises me every time I hear that someone has never seen or heard of bobbin lace before!
I even won two door prizes, lucky me. Here is my loot from the weekend.
We came back to Galena Saturday night and Audrey finished two of her projects by the end of the weekend. We met great people and had the best time! Can’t wait to do it again next year.
February 13, 2012
I can’t believe I’m still working on this fan project; I only have about 3 inches left to do! It’s gotten to the point where it’s hard to work because the bobbins are starting to hang off the edge of the pillow.
February 6, 2011
With all the snow on the ground outside, the reflected light makes my living room very bright on the weekend mornings. It’s been wonderful for working on my bobbin lace for the fan. I’ve passed the halfway point and there are only about 9 or 10 inches left to finish. I timed how long it takes to do one repeat of the pattern and it’s down to about an hour and 15 minutes. I feel like I’ve really gotten into the groove of this pattern.
How does that dust get on the pillow when I keep it covered all the time?
Here is my selfish knitting project for January. This is the Inishturk sweater from Lion Brand Yarn. It’s a cabled fisherman’s sweater that I’ve had my eye on for some time and Ted gifted me with the yarn for Christmas. I have absolutely loved knitting this sweater. Every row has cable crossings and surprisingly the 16-row pattern repeat was easily memorized. It was a little tough to get going because the pattern is written out and I’ve gotten used to charted patterns, but I just love everything that is going on in it. I’ve just started the first sleeve and hope to be able to wear it yet this winter. With the weather we’ve had and the projected cold temps in the forecast I think that won’t be a problem!
We survived the Feb. 1 blizzard and had everyone had some shoveling stories to share. Ian, Ted, and the neighbors did an excellent job and got us cleared out very early. Ian enjoyed his two snow days and I enjoyed my day off work as well. Primo knitting time!