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:
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:
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)
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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)
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.