Saturday, August 16, 2008

Triangular Shawl

This is the yarn from the triangular lace shawl kit designed by Galina. I do have a skein winder and yarn swift on order but I couldn't wait for those to arrive, so got the first color wound by hand and the left edge on the needles. The yarn is merino/silk blend and I am using size 0 needles for this.

IOLI goodies

While I was at IOLI (International Old Lacers Inc.) annual lace convention, I bought some goodies. My main purchases were yarn from Skaska Designs (think Russian Orenburg lace). At Skaska, I bought 2 skeins of Heaven (55% merino wool, 45% tencel)--125 grams and 3280 yards per skein. Very fine yarn. I got a lovely purple skein as well as a deep greenish-blue one. I also got a lovely skein of white Merino Lace--100 grams, 1375 yards. No picture of these. I then got an interesting ball of Graceful Lace Yarn--a wool variegate that goes from rusty orange to green to blue. I am fascinated to see how this works up. I also splurged and got a triangular lace shawl kit, designed by Galina herself. I've already got this one started on the needles.

From Duchesse, I bought several incredible pieces of sterling silver jewelry from Brussels. Shown is a delicate butterfly pendant The Duchesse jewelry is inspired by Brussels lace.

And I almost forgot. I got this lovely carved wooden box from Skaska. This is the lid of the box. The sides are also carved as well as the interior of the lid.