Monday, May 31, 2010

Thank God it' s Monday!

I never thought I would say that, because I usually don't like Monday's. This past weekend was very exhausting for all of us. First because of the heat, it was 30C or more, with real feel 38C or 39C, and that's just too much to be comfortable.
Second we had lots to do in preparation of our sunroom being demolished this week, as well as changes in landscaping all around. The poolhouse is empty for maybe the first time in 20 years. It's almost coming down by itself, and there was stuff in there, from the first owners of the house.

On Friday, the boys were wrestling, and Denny bit Happy into his paw, Happy yelped and fell with his shoulder on Denny, who screamed, and was limping ever since. I tried to get an appointment on Saturday, but the Vet's were booked and said just to monitor him. He limped less yesterday, it's worse after he gets up from sleeping, and when he's on his feet it seems to be O.K. He sure ran around a lot for being a gimp yesterday.

Oh, here's a pic of him from early May:
May 12

What he does for a treat!

And so, that Happy gets in a shot too, here's my handsome boy + the little one peeking into the frame:
May 5
They were not fighting over that bone, well, maybe a little.

So, you thought it's all about the pups again! Wrong! I have finished the beaded mohair shawl! Hey, Ulrike these photos are for you! :o)

beaded mohair shawlette-modeled by Lola

I had only three balls of this yarn, sitting on my desk for maybe a year now.
Artyarns Beaded Mohair and Sequins, color # 2365, 80% silk with glass beads and squins, 20% mohair, 3 times 50g total  342yds

Artyarns Beaded Mohair and Sequins, color # 2365, 80% silk with glass beads and sequins, 20% mohair, 3 times 50g, total 342yds

It was a gift, and I wanted to do something special, but what to do with 342yds??? I've looked up the value of this yarn, and I found it online from $ 38 a skein, to $ 44! Wow -very precious yarn indeed.

beaded mohair shawlette-4

While I was knitting with it, which was a pleasure, once you got used to the beads and sequins, I thought this yarn would make a wonderful shrug, or bolero, or even a whole dress, or a skirt. It's the drape the knit fabric has, and the sparklies, of course. It's good for a shawl too.

beaded mohair shawlette-9

I wanted to use up ALL of it, with no left overs, and I did it. (I just cheated a little, by using some mohair glitter yarn, I also got at the same time, to bind off the shawl).

beaded mohair shawlette-7

I knit stockinette until the first ball ran out. I started the second ball, with a lovely star rib mesh stitch pattern, I really liked until I finished the second ball.

beaded mohair shawlette-10

Even though, I'm not a frilly, ruffles kind of girl, I wanted them on this shawl. The ruffles as you see them here took the last ball of yarn. As I mentioned before, I've got Artyarns Silk Mohair Glitter in the same color, but it's true lace weight, so I held it double to bind off the shawlette.

beaded mohair shawlette-5

I'm pretty pleased how it all turned out. Lola is modeling it, and she's a very petite dress form. For me it would be a triangular scarf, more than a shawl.
I liked the stitch pattern so much, that I started a scarf with the silk mohair glitter yarn, using it again.

So, here are the specifics again:
pattern: my own
yarn: Artyarns beaded Mohair & Sequins, color # 2965 (I could choose the color, and I love it)
needles: 4.5mm
start-finish: May 8 - May 11 (yeah, it went really fast)
I forgot to measure it after blocking, and now it's packed away.

Now it's back to packing. The house is starting to feel, and look empty, and there's still so much more to pack, all just because of the new floors! I hope they will be worth it!
Oh, and we have a hole in the ceiling of my craft/living room. Now they have to scrape the pop corn ceiling, so when they fix the hole, it will all look the same. One thing leads to another .....

PS the hole has been there for at least a couple of years. The bathtub upstairs was leaking and one day part of the ceiling (just a little part) was coming down on it's own. They fixed the leaking pretty fast, but the hole was never fixed.


O.K. I'm going now.



Sarah said...

I love your shawl. It's beautiful.

momsue84 said...

What a beautiful shawl!!! I love the color, too. Very elegant! Lots going on at your house. Hope the pups are ok.

2paw said...

Denny looks so angelic in the flowers and Happy of course always looks noble and elegant. I worry about The Labradors and their rough play, they often bang and bump and roll all over the place too. I hope everyone is well.
Oh good luck with the renos!!
Beautiful knitting, it looks wonderful!!!
Oh you poor things, so hot so quickly. Are the Boys allowed in the pool??

TracyKM said...

The shawl is beautiful! What a great way to use up all the yarn; I find it hard to predict with triangular shawls just how far the yarn will go with each row getting longer, but you solved that. It's a beautiful colour too.
Would you share some pictures of your remodeling?

Frieda said...

Love the photos , but that Denny is too cute amidst the flowers!

Gorgeous shawl , the beading adds a special touch !

Anonymous said...

Wunderschön ist das Tuch geworden. Ein Hauch von nichts. Das Muster gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut, würde ich auch stricken :-))

LG Eva

Heike said...

Hach dieser Denny ist sooo süß! Auf diesem Bild sieht er ja wieder so knuffig aus!!

Und das Tuch ist ja ein Traum. Es sieht richtig edel aus.

VG von Heike

Walden said...

I hope Denny is alright. Both puppies look adorable in the pictures. Denny sure seems to enjoy being in front of a camera.

The shawl is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful shawl! I love the color. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the picture of Denny in the flowers. He's such a handsome boy.

Susan said...

I hate renovations too. It's nice once done but the work involved, ugh.

You did a great job with shawl! The pattern fits the yarn perfectly!

Do you suppose that Denny has put two and two together to realize that his biting Happy's paw caused his pain? Hahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

What are you going to do, when the whole is gone? Now you have to take the shower in the bathroom!

Lovely shawl!

My two = little dog and big dog , were exactly so wild as yours, and the bigger allways had a fantastic patience with the little wild "lion"!

Grüessli, Hanne,CH

Päivi, Lankakomero said...

That pic rom early May is fabulous and your shawl is beautiful! Lovely colour and the ruffles look wonderful.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Okay - those two are so cute it has to be illegal!
Love the shawl!

CelticCastOn said...

D man doesn't look like a gremlin at all in that picture :)
Your shawl is awesome, I love the that stitch.
Molly always seems to get hurt from wild Bosty's wrestling but she seems to get over it quickly, hope thats the case for your too.
How much longer before the reno's are done?

Alexandra said...

Love the shawl! Such a pretty color and so sparkly :) Hope everything goes well with the house. I'm doing something similar, although just one room and it's very stressful.

knottygnome said...

gorgeous shawl! i love the sparkle.

T-Mom said...

That shawl is beautiful!

The Ts used to wrestle like crazy when they were younger. Nobody ever got hurt, save for the occasional nick, but I started leaving their collars off when they were in the house--I was always afraid someone would get caught in someone else's collar when I wasn't home, and they'd get hurt. I'll have to scan in their "shark picture" for you.

Beverly said...

Lovely and very, very girly.

Carrie K said...

Wow, that's gorgeous. I love the frilliness and the beads! Pretty!

I hope both the boys are better soon! Yikes.

Anonymous said...

Wow - that shawl is gorgeous!

Ann said...

The shawl looks gorgeous & the pattern really shows off all the sparkles.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Monika, your shawl is beautiful - so fine and delicate with the sequins and beads.

Robin said...

That shawl is gorgeous! What a cute picture of Denny!