All About Lace!

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Hi, it’s me again,

This will be my last message for a few weeks.  You can have a break from me for a while.  I hope you are doing well and managing to stay cool and warm as the case may be.  With the temperatures up and down that can be a bit of a challenge can’t it?

Well before I go I thought I would leave you with a few thoughts.  I know some people find the summer a difficult time to knit but it doesn’t have to be.

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The longer days are a blessing.  Now is the time to experiment with the lighter and cooler yarns.  They are lighter on your needles and not like sitting with a wool blanket or sweater.  They don’t make you swelter under their weight.  The best thing to do is to have a lighter and a heavier project in the works.  That way you are all set for whatever is thrown at you.  We certainly have a variety of temperatures here. It is also a good time to try out some lace work, airy and light.  There is no rush; just making pretty shapes and designs in your projects.

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What could be better than enjoying a nice breeze in the sunshine and feeling the delicate lace come to life in your hands?  It is so therapeutic.  The aim with lace is not to be in a hurry.  Take it slowly; remember to use your lifelines and enjoy.  Lace is not a project to be contemplating in front of the TV, especially if there is something dramatic going on.  But lace knitting or crochet is a time to relax in a nice cool place.  Perhaps, listening to a book on tape would be ideal.  Remember to have your pattern in an easy position so that you can see it easily and clearly.  We have pattern holders in the store that will stand for you, magnets to hold it in place and some colored tape to show you where you are.  Have plenty of stitch markers in your work.  You can never have enough of those.  I remember when I was younger having to do it all without all of these aids.  That really took concentration.  It still takes some concentration but as you come to the end of your first repeat you will start to see the pattern come into its own and it will become easier.

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Lace is a little like color work or intarsia.  Only instead of changing color you change stitches.  Lace can become a treasured heirloom.  As you are working on the piece you will find your thoughts manifest themselves into the piece.  Think nice thoughts and work them in there and this will pass them onto the recipient of the piece.  If the recipient happens to be yourself then when you wear it you will be taken back to those hours you spent enjoying the sun and the breeze and the scenery around you.  It is making me excited just writing about it!

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Lace doesn’t have to be scary.   If you have never attempted it, start small.  Find a yarn that you absolutely adore, the plainer the texture and color the better for lace.  Hand paints and variegated yarn will hide the lace whereas lighter solid colors will make it stand out or just pop.

I know a lot of us have a hard time finding quiet, peaceful uninterrupted time to ourselves but IF you do manage to set some aside there is nothing better.

Also, lace is a great project to take on a lazy vacation.

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As for me I have been thinking what I should take on my trip with me this time.  My trips seem to be a little hectic.  My husband can’t sit still.  It is always go, go, go.  So my travel project has to be something simple enough to do whilst traveling but it also has to feel good in my hands, be a great color, and a project I will love once finished.  Oh yes, it has to be small enough and light enough to fit in my bag.  I have chosen to make Gyrid by Elsebeth Lavold made out of Silky Wool.  This is a sleeveless top.  It has quite a lot of stocking stitch (mindless car knitting) and just enough detail on the front to keep it interesting.  I am excited to start.  I have a few things to finish up in the next few days though so wish me luck.  Perhaps I will be wearing this top when I come home!  I hope so.

We have a few surprises in store for you when I get back.  Lesley will be telling you all about them in the next few weeks.  We have exciting times planned for you ahead.

Well I don’t think there is anything else from me this time, only to say, take care of yourself, enjoy your yarn and I will see you when I get back.  Thank you Lesley, Linda, and Karen for once again stepping up to take care of the shop.

See you soon ~ Trudy

Hi, Hi,

Lesley popping in here quickly to make a couple of announcements!

Sebastopol Knitting Class

Linda would like you to know we have decided to offer the Tabitha top class again.  June 30 & July 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Karen would like you to know that the Second Monday Night spinning group will meet at the shop on Monday June 13, 5:00-7:00pm.

Also, the Wet felted Scarf class on June 5th is full.  We will offer this again in July, stay tuned!

That’s all for now

See you next week ~ Lesley