Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring progress

Today's going to be relatively quiet. The house will be open for airing and a few more dust rhinos will be rounded up. My chest crud is cleared up and the sunshine is giving me more oomph. Yesterday I went to the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild's annual Fiber Faire with the intention of just picking up some fiber to spin up for a friend and going home to finish the QAL. I ended up staying with Susan and Gail at Susan's booth for Abstract Fibers and helping out when Susan or Gail needed to take a break. In the process I helped out various folks with questions, inspired people with the QAL and shared the pattern, guided spinners to Ravelry, and had a wonderful conversation with a lady who has been doing research on rare spinning wheels. I didn't take my camera unfortunately so I don't have pictures, but I did come home with goodies.A Romney fleece A lovely light spindle of madrona with a black walnut shaft Overdyed alpaca silk from Abstract Fiber and merino silk from Dicentra.

The biggest thing that came out of the gathering is that I finished the Queen Anne's Lace from MMario. This morning I got out my blocking boards and pinned the shawl out on the front porch. It's a giant flower of purple beauty. To give some perspective, the layout of the boards is 8 feet by 8 feet.

12 comments:

Diane in Chico said...

QAL is just beautiful. Well done.

AbstractFiber said...

It's so much more gorgeous blocked. I can't wait to see it again!

JoVE said...

Beautiful shawl.

Ted said...

Gorgeous shawl, beautifully dressed out.

Sharon said...

love (10000)

anne marie in philly said...

OMFG, that is so spectacular!

Jeri said...

Fantastically gorgeous, Duffy! Wonderful job. WOW!!

Tallguy said...

It does look spectacular! You should be very happy and proud. I've liked his work -- I'm tempted -- just as soon as I get these other things out of the way.
Where are you going to wear it so you can show off your skills?

RenateS said...

It is a beauty, isn't it? Love the color of the shawl. Good work. Renate

tycho said...

I head you talking about this on the list and I was like "meh, a shawl, feh" because that's how I respond to all shawls.

And then I was stumbling across the internet, minding my own business and *wham* amazing shawl. It's so cool. I want to make one now!

That'll learn me.

Roxie said...

Gee, I'm six feet tall. I could carry off a shawl like that with elan and aplomb. Need a model? (grabs shawl and runs - with elan and apomb.)

Jennie said...

That QAL is just mesmerizing. Congratulations on finishing it!

And that fleece just makes me want to move in with you. YUMMY!