Those of you who joined us for the Hidcote Garden Shawl KAL already know that Lauren was the first person to finish her shawl, AND then dye it a fabulous shade of pink... in record time, in my opinion, but then what do I know? I am still on chart three out of ten. Melanie was a close second... and her's is a beautiful shade, close to aubergine.
Many participants are saying that Hidcote Garden is Miriam Felton's best design to date. She is featuring an entertaining series on her trip back to The National Needle Arts associations' annual conference... go read up! Mim is starting to get the recognition she deserves for her designing talents!
While I am moving slowly through my own shawl, and not sure when I will be done, I can say that I admire everyones' lace efforts and really look forward to wearing this shawl. For now, the fun part of having a winner is that I get to pick out some of the prizes... I will be sending Lauren a prize and so will Mim.
There is still over a month to join us, and there will be three prize drawings between now and March 1st. Plus, you will end up with the most beautiful wardrobe addition imaginable to greet spring.
I will be gone to a training tomorrow, which has the up side of a block of knitting/listening time, and the downside of more driving to and from Redding than time spent at the training. Also, blogging will suffer. I have managed to re-work my Anna socks and get them back on track, as well as start my first Delicato mitt. I hope to find a scenic spot to take in-progress photos of both along the way. It's a good thing that the Anna sock and I are back in love, as my attempt to start a pair of worsted weight boot socks was thwarted by the fact that the only yarn I had enough of, was so scratchy that I ripped it out after the first few rows... there's always more yarn to buy, but I have decided to concentrate on the process of knitting up some of the wonderful sock yarns I have in my stash!