Little by little, inch by inch, my little shawl grew.
I love Dao's verse above. It is easy to let life consume us when we get busy. Even though life has been crazy busy lately, I have managed to knit a little bit every day. The little shapely shawl was a fun shawl to knit. A great first lace pattern for anyone who is tempted to give lace a try.
I added a row of crochet picot along the edge with a bead at each point, to give the shawl a bit of weight.
This is the silk yarn from Judy that I am sampling for her. I wasn't sure if I was going to like working with pure silk, as it really does have a different feel......but I like it very much. The shine is incredible. I was going to do Barbara Walker's Frost flowers, but I didn't like the way it was knitting up, so I changed gears, looked through a gazillion patterns and settled on the Trellis framed leaf lace scarf featured in the Winter 2004 Spin Off. The pattern calls for size one needles, but I jumped up to a size 7, so that the openwork would really show. I will add the beads called for in the pattern along the bottom of this as well. The silk is very light and will definitely need the added weight for a nice drape. It's working up quickly, so perhaps if I do trip in that rabbit hole, I will be finished soon enough to start something new.
That bittersweet part of raising puppies is coming. This little boy, who we call Giorgio will be leaving for his new home in a few days. He is going to live with a close friend of mine in Pennsylvania. Hopefully he will be in the show ring in a few months. His new owner is flying in to spend a few days with us and then will head back home with this little guy on Friday...we will miss him. The other 2 boys will be heading off to their new homes on Sunday.
As many litters as I have raised, it still is hard for me to say good bye to the babies. The only thing that makes it a little easier is seeing the joy on the faces of the new owners that will love these babies up. They certainly do bring smiles..........don't they?