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The All Shawl, Eeet Eees FINISHED!

All Shawl, Front

All Shawl, Front

Modelled by me, because it’s for my best friend’s Christmas present, so she won’t be getting it until next month.

All Shawl, Back

All Shawl, Back

The last few rows were hell, but it’s my own fault.  I loved the color and shine of the Beach Belle too much to think about what all those bobbles were going to do to my stitching.  I mean, it was doable… but GAH!  😦

However, I think the finished product was well worth it.  Yeah, even if I DO say so myself!  😉

I’m considering sewing some beads on the picot points of the edge, though.  The Beach Belle has a tendency to curl up on itself, which is making the lace kind of hard to really see.  If I put beads on there, it may pull the edge down just enough to make the lace portion more visible.  I haven’t decided yet.  Mainly, it depends on if I can find beads that I think will “go” with the shawl.

I already know she’s going to like it, though.  She came over a few days after I’d first started it, saw it, and remarked on how pretty it was.  I told her WHAT it was (a shawl) but I didn’t tell her that it was for HER.  Hehehe…  I can’t wait to see her face when she opens it on Christmas Day!  😆

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Why I’ve not been posting.

A close-up of mystery item #1

A close-up of mystery item #1

I’ve been busy DOING, instead of TALKING about doing!  😉

The above is another item crossed off my Christmas To-Do list.  It’s pretty much done – it just needs minor last-minute fiddling with (the kind of last-minute fiddling that always needs to be done – weaving in ends and whatnot).

Then I did this – just a teaser pic, like I’ve been doing with most of these things.

I REALLY want a new camera.  I don’t know if I’m just getting spoiled seeing photos from better cameras or if it’s really getting crappy or WHAT… but I can NEVER get the kind of pic I want the first time around.  And sometimes I can’t get it at ALL.

Then there was this little beauty.  It was a little tedious working on it – it’s all single crochet.  But the finished product is SO worth it!  The texture on this thing is amazing.

As soon as I finished it, inspiration hit.  I decided I was going to make something for my MIL this year (first time ever!), but I couldn’t decide what.   While gazing at my stash for a minute, this lovely rose-colored marled yarn I’d just bought a couple of days before started screaming at me: “Hat & Scarf set!!  For Jackie!!”  (no, sis, not you, if you remember, my MIL’s name is Jackie too.  AND she’s got the same birthday as you!)  So I’m designing my own.  I’ll be writing up the pattern and offering it here (for free) as soon as I’m finished.  Definitely within the next week, I’d say.  I’ve already got the hat done, I’m just working up the scarf now.

So… that’s why I’ve been so quiet.  My fingers have been busy!

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Second Christmas present finished!

Two down…. a million to go!  😉

I love this stitch pattern!

I love this stitch pattern!

And that is the only picture I’m posting of this one, at least until it’s made its way to the recipient.

I absolutely loved making this, though.  It’s definitely easier than it looks.  After I got to row 2, it was the exact same stitch pattern every row.  Rinse, lather, repeat.

Now… whose present do I start on NEXT?  Decisions, decisions…..

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A good start!

I have one item crossed off my Christmas-to-do list.  🙂

I don’t want to give too much away – it’s for someone who might see this blog, and I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  I can, however, give you teaser pics.

What am I?

What am I?

Any ideas yet?

Any ideas yet?

This took nearly 2 weeks to finish, but I wasn’t working on this one exclusively.  I’ve also been working on Robert’s CARdigan, some wristwarmers, squares for an afghan, and a pullover for me, which I also happen to be designing.

I’ve decided that for now on, at least until Christmas, I have to work on 2 projects a day.  That’s so I don’t get TOO bored, I don’t have things just sitting there with no progress, and so I don’t get too distracted.  I have to do 2 and ONLY 2.  Any more than that, and I get too distracted.  Any less than that, and WIPs are going to turn into UFOs.

I’m thinking this’ll be a good way to make sure that what I want to do for Christmas actually gets DONE, but also that I’ll be able to get the stuff I want to do for me done.  It’ll take a little longer than if I concentrated on those alone, but it’ll get done, regardless.

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