Friday, October 24, 2008


As you can see by my newly-expanded sidebar, my pattern Balai is done. For such a small object, it took a lot of work to get it right. But I'm very happy with how it came out.

I'm slogging away on my Moons and Star. I'm working a band of moons at the back waist shaping, then I'll increase outward for a peplum. So I have a good 10 inches of knitting left to go. My mind is starting to turn to holiday knitting, so I'd like to get it done.

That can be the only excuse for why I bought more yarn last night, at Green Planet. Beth has really sought out some wonderful eco-friendly yarns, and I was really struck by Ellie's Reclaimed Cashmere, which just what it says, cashmere yarn reclaimed from thrifted sweaters. She re-plies it into beautiful, tweedy colorways. I've been thinking of how many people on my gift list I could make the Fan Neckwarmer for, and the yarn assured me that it would be happy to be knit up in that pattern.

In other news, I've been sick as a dog for the past week. I'm very tired of it, and I'm ready not to be sick anymore.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ooh la la!

I got quite the bee in my bonnet with this broomstick crochet in the round, and worked and worked to get a beret that I was happy with. I have, indeed, decided to call it Balai, and, since it was quite a bit more involved than Besom, I'd like to charge cash money for it.

But before I do that, I'd really like to get it test crocheted, since this technique is pretty different from either regular crochet or regular broomstick lace. So look for the pattern some time in the next few weeks.