Sunday, May 18, 2008

taking time to notice

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The canopy has opened...

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the ferns are up and starting to unfurl.

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The lilac blossoms tumble down the hillside, and release their perfume into the hills. They mix with the cold rain and smell wonderful.

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The gooseberry drops it flower almost as soon as you notice that it has set. There is so much happening in the wood at once, if you don't make time to see it, it will be gone for another season.

I finished the lacy winged shawl and blocked it. It is the first lace shawl that I have ever knit. Here is a photo of the shawl in the midst blocking it.

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I discovered this....

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yes...it is a live stitch. I must have dropped it. I thought my count was off...I should pay closer attention to the numbers. I'm not sure what to do with it...where to go from here. I'll just think about it for awhile.

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11 comments:

Gertieanne said...

Very pretty, I am not sure what to do with the dropped stitch. Maybe crochet it up to the edge and some how sew it in the edge? I did that once with someones Tasha Tutor Shawl they knit up and asked me to finish the edging for her. She had dropped a few stitches. So when I was putting the edgeing on I caught the dropped stitch as I went around the edge.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This Shawl is so beautiful and delicate. I know nothing about such things as dropped stitches much less about how to fix them. If my MIL could see this she would probably have an idea as to what to do. If I lived nearby her I would show her this and ask what she would do.

Pat K said...

Very beautiful. And I'd figure out some way to tie it off -- probably easier said than done.

Sue said...

What a beautiful bunch of pictures! Green is such a restful color.

I would just catch the dropped stitch on a piece of the same yarn and weave in the ends well. Maybe weave the tails back through the yarn itself, rather than just through the stitches, to keep the linen extra-secure.

Donna B said...

your shawl is lovely...what a beautiful shape. Enjoyed seeing the gooseberry flowers! The lilacs are just starting to bloom here too.

I was worried when you stopped blogging and am so glad that you are back!...I pray for you when I think of it and hope that your life will settle...

Beth S. said...

Oh wow! You are very, very lucky that the stitch didn't run. I wonder if that's a characteristic of linen. If so, I need to start working with it. ;-)

It's amazing how effective a simple eyelet pattern can be. Your shawl looks light as air.

elizabeth said...

It's beautiful, and so delicate! I love gooseberry blossoms, both on the tree and when they carpet the forest floor.

KnitChick said...

Ooooohhh...Lilacs!! I miss Lilacs! In Florida we have Crepe Myrtle...it's really not a good substitution... Seeing all of those ferns reminds me...my brother the chef taught me about "fiddlehead ferns" where you can eat the baby shoots before they unfurl...

As for the dropped stitch - what Sue said. Catch it with another piece and work in the ends. No one will even know it's there!

Sharon said...

Beautiful!

Judy said...

Lilacs, lily of the valley and sunflowers are the best flowers. The shawl is beautiful, I had forgotten you had started that.

cindy said...

The shawl is wonderful in the undyed linen. You must post a modeling shot!!! Now you are ready for more lace.............


Your spring photos are so poetic!

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