Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fiber Habits Old and New and a Heckler

This past weekend I took a lace class at my LYS KnitWitz. It's for a very large shawl called the Per Terras Shawl. It's so big that the yarn was ordered for us on half pound cones. Needless to say, this is my largest and most challenging knitting project to date just based on the sheer size of it. Of course, I had to make it easier and pick the black yarn. I figured that I might as well have it in a color I'd wear a lot in case I decide this will be my first and last big lace project! I always struggle getting started but once I get a feel for the pattern flow it gets easier. I'm hoping that I really enjoy this type of project. My blog friend Maria is a FANTASTIC lace knitter (and a great photographer, blogger & quilter as well as so many other things). I want to be like her when I grow up! She inspires me! Look for progress pics in a couple of weeks.
I'm also trying a new fiber habit - stitching!!! My real life friend Teresa is meeting me tomorrow night to get started on my first stitching project. I've cross stitched in the past but it's been years and years. And I was self taught so there are bad habits to unlearn. For my first project, I selected Petites Lettres Rouges by Blackbird Designs. If you're not familiar with Blackbird Designs, they do stitching, quilting and rug hooking patterns! Good stuff!
I just had to show you my picture of my boss. She is one of 3 people in the country that has her position for our side of the business. In other words, she is a big shot. On Friday we had our annual outdoor picnic. There were activities, we had music, we had a clown. We also had a dunking booth. Not only was she the first one to sign up, she signed up for 3 time slots. She really is a good sport. Here she is, heckling someone in the crowd. Even though my job is stressful, time consuming and energy consuming, I really enjoy working for her!
Happy Stitches!


Jean in Georgia said...

Yeah... I heard you had come over to the dark side of sampler stitching. I told Teresa I had to give you a hard encourage you. :)

Jeannine said...

Oooh, Blackbird Designs has some lovely stuff! And no, I DON'T need another hobby. LalalalalaNOTLISTENINGlalalalala.

Debbie said...

Good for you Jackie...looking forward to seeing your stitching progress.

A black shawl will be gorgeous.

I had a favorite boss once... Fred. He was the best.

Anonymous said...

Wow, black yarn. You are brave! The pattern looks really pretty. Congrats on sampler stitching. That should be really fun too.

woolwoman said...

Love that little BBD sampler - there are several in our sampler group that have stitched it - it's in my "to do" stack. LOVE the linen and threads Teresa helped you pick out. Good luck with the new shawl class project - looks lovely - can't wait to see it in person. You're coming to my dark side and I am gravitating towards your dark side (quilting) - I bought a pattern at the Bonnie Blue lecture Sat. night - AAAACCCKKKK - Mel

Candace said...

Two wonderful projects, Jackie! I've crossed stitched on and off all my life - I really love it! Your shawl is quite ambitious - I can't wait to see your progress!
Sounds like your boss is a wonderful gal!

quiltingnana said...

thanks for visiting my blog...I enjoyed reading about your interest in stitches.

Anonymous said...

I see we have several things in common. Mostly I make quilts but in the past did lots of counted cross stitch and these days I'm a novice knitter. Thanks for the comment on my blog post.