Friday, October 14, 2005
Lotsa piccies

Treat in a clam

Remember how I mentioned that my cousin had brought me a present from Hawaii? Well, if you don't it's okay. I'm going to tell you about it again.

This is what I first saw:

I thought, "What? she brought me a seafood in a tin?"
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Then I saw this:
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Aahh.. it makes sense now.

I finally got around to opening the tin today
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and went at it hammer and tongs.. and there it was, my reward.
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My cousin had also bought me a silver chain to go with it and a little silver pendant to put the pearl into. Isn't it pretty.
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Elann Peacock Plumes Bolero completed
That's right! I completed it today, sewed in the ends and steam blocked it.

I used the recommended needles and some mystery blue yarn I had lying around. After testing it with some bleach, I worked out that it was at least half wool (or animal fibre of some sort) and the remained was synthetic.

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It's not looking too bad from the back.
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From the front it looks a little short. I think I will make another, but a little about two or three inches longer. I will also lengthen the sleeves I think.

Spinning news
I promised you pictures and here they are. This is the merino glitz that I spun last night. I think it is pretty but nothing to shout about
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Want a closer view?
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And just in case you don't remember what it looked like before it was spun...
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I told you I had lots of piccies, didn't I?

Miscellaneous News
I still haven't made up my mind about which Fiddlesticks pattern I want. The shortlist isn't any shorter. They are all so pretty!

I have started "Branching Out" in some handspun alpaca and US7 Boye needles. So far so god. It's not a hard pattern, just difficult to memorise I think. I have done 5 or 6 repeats so far and it's looking good. Once it is blocked the pattern should open up a bit more.
I love the Elann Peacock Plumes Bolero. Very pretty. I bet your new pearl look extra gorgeous next to your new Bolero!

Happy Knitting!
your bolero looks very pretty! and that pearl present - very creative and thoughtful!!
Celia i love your silver chain and the cute clam uh i guess whats inside..ohh ur Bolero looks so cool and awesome..
How do they *know* there's a pearl in the oyster before it's opened? I think that's cool!

Love the bolero!
I love the bolero. I was just looking at the pattern at Elann the other day. It's great to see it made up and modeled.
The pearl factory is cool, a very unique gift.

that pearl necklace is gorgeous! Lucky girl u! and fiddlesticks too :) and i love how ur bolero turned out. 3/4 sleeves next? shld look great! I tell you, first thing first when I arrive there is to pick up spinning and dyeing!
I think it's awesome that your cousin bought you such an interesting gift!
that gift is AWESOME!! kudos to cousin. :) your bolero is beautiful. :)
your bolero is beautiful!

I like the pearl thing too - we had similar as prizes at our school fashion parade, but I didn't win one. :-(

My favourite fiddlesticks pattern is the peacock feathers shawl. What one do you like the most?
Your Bolero looks great. I saved that pattern to my computer and hopefully will get around to knitting it one day. The pearl is beautiful too. Love the way they packaged it.
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