Knitting Under Deadline

Apparently, getting me to accomplish knitting projects is no different than most other things in my life... give me a deadline! No time for pics... just knitting!

I just finished two shawls... the "Bigfoot Shawl" from Allison Jepperson Hyde's book "Knitted Comfort" and the Forest Canopy Shawl. Then, with just 4 weeks until the "Big Day" I am encouraged by my aunt to knit my cousin a shawl which she may or may not wear during her wedding ceremony (now just 11 days away). So, I turned to MMario's Faux Spanish Lace Shawl using the ultra sleek Alpaca With A Twist's FINO (alpaca/silk lace weight). This shawl is light as a feather, literally, and I am looking forward to seeing it blocked out. I am using a varigated green with hues that match the body and lace overlay of her wedding dress. I hope she likes it! It has been a consuming project these past two and a half weeks! I still am knitting, though... I want it bigger!!

However, doing the same project... for hours and hours on end, day after day... I needed a diversion for a bit yesterday. So, I finally (Yeah!) casted on for socks!! It was on my "To Do" list for January! I am using "David's Toe Up Sock Cookbook" from It's more of a recipe than a pattern which provides for lots of interpretation! I have knitted up to the start of the gusset and will get back to it when the shawl is on the blocking table.

This coming weekend is also our local (Crystal Lake, IL) FIBER FESTIVAL!! The Midwest Folk & Fiber Festival starts Friday and runs through the weekend. Let me know if you are going to be in the area!! Info at

Knit On!!