And soon it got bigger, and I decided that adding in beads would be a good idea. It was, but it made the knitting of the rows with the beads very slow, since I was adding them on the stitches themselves, and not stringing them ahead of time.
But it is now knit, and even though I haven’t blocked it yet (I’ve got to use my queen bed for this baby), I love it,and fortunately, so does the intended recipient – my cousin Marie. Who else would get a lace shawl, knit with lace yarn on size 1 needles with beads? Seriously folks, it’s got to be someone who loves handknits!
and I’ve got one more pair going at the moment:
There is also some super-secret test knitting underway, which won’t be revealed for a while. It is not on size 1 needles, thank goodness!
Marin County Fair
I am happy to say that things are improving for the knitters – and the spinners – based on the Fair this year. There was stunning handspun yarn submitted – a lot of it by my friend Judy. Amazing garments and accessories handknit on tiny needles with great expertise won awards most deservingly. It was nice to walk the fair this year and see that the beautiful sweaters won, and the ones done with expertise but not so wearable didn’t get 1st place this year.
One of my sweaters won the best-original design (not sure if I had any competition in that category), but since I am still trying to figure out if I want to make a pattern out of it, or submit it somewhere, or just keep it as a one-off, it is not appearing here. My cowl out of handspun got a third-place (yay!) and my socks,
which I thought would do a bit better, only got an honorable mention – but it was a tough category this year.