I pulled this out of my projects basket today. I'm trying to make a real effort to get some UFO's done. I'm going to be blocking like crazy because I just keep throwing them in a bin marked Needs to be Blocked. I think I'll just hope for a free weekend to try and block as many as I can. I have 5 in the bucket now. This is my first shawl knit with our Tush base. I'm really enjoying this yarn. Shown here in "And it Stoned Me" colorway named after one of my favorite Van Morrison songs.
Ok I'm trying to select beads for my two Celaeno Shawls designed by Rosemary Hill aka Romi. I am in love with this little shawl and I just can't seem to stop casting on for it. So I have 2 going and both are ready to start the lace very soon. I decided to add beads to just the lace section and now I'm going through my bead stash looking for the perfect match. I'm not there yet. Getting close. I have 3 ideas for my Firefly colorway which is the rusty coppers, greens, golds and browns and I have 4 options for my Into the Mystic colorway which is the teals, blues, purples, greys and greens. I just can't decide.
Choice #1 is a copper bead it looks great but I'm hoping it will show up.
Choice #2 is a multi colored gold with greens but the violet does not work. Choice #3 is dark greens and golds. This might be the one.
Then the "Into the Mystic" is really a tough one. Here is choice #1. Blues, greys,
silvers and purples.
Choice # 2 is a lighter blue with purples and teals.
Choice #3 is a dark purple with teal tints. Hard to see but looks good on the knitting.
Choice #4 Looks similar to 3 in the picture but it has dark greens and blues and purples.
See my dilemma :) Oh well, at some point I'll make up my mind and just grab the crochet hook and go for it. You really can't tell sometimes until you actually knit them on and then it becomes more clear. I want them to show up of course but I don't want too much contrast. I've just recently started beading my shawls. It is so addictive! I don't bead them all but it is really fun to add a little bling once in a while. And this pattern was designed for BLING! BLING! BLING! I love it. Another great way to get to play with color. And the plus side is it's not messy! and I don't have to fire up the dyepots to do it. But you know me, I'll probably start dyeing yarn to go with the perfect beads I found. It's a sickness, really it is. I just can't help myself. But before that happens I'm still looking for that perfect bead for these 2 lovely little jewels. It's a rainy day today and I'm curled up with my knitting and beads and I'm a happy camper. Autumn is here and the cool air is so wonderful after a really hot summer in the dye studio. So it was worth the wait, my most favorite time of year is finally here and what better way to enjoy it. A cup of Java, a beautiful shawl pattern and beads rolling all over my desk. So help me out if there is a bead color that you like best let me know.
Looking for blues. We still have a few in the shop. And don't forget any purchase of Enya in the next 3 months and you will receive a free copy of "Unchain My Heart" our new sock pattern designed by Dawn Matkovic aka knittingnonstop on Ravelry.
We are excited about this lovely silk. Perfect for lace knitting. Shawls will really glow with this yarn. I can't wait to cast on and experience 100% silk for lace knitting myself. I have a few patterns in mind. So many ideas and not enough time but I'm going to have to make time for this yarn.