Monday, January 29, 2007

It Hap-pened

How may titles can you get out of word plays with hap I wonder!

It's finished and I'm itching to start another even though I have lots of other things that I should be working on. It came out to be a perfect size. I will measure and give specs when it is finished blocking.

I decided against an edging but did a picot bind off instead. I think I will do that on my second one too. I have to say laziness aside( laziness is a big factor) I think that I really like the simplicity of the picot as opposed to an edging. The hap is a very uncomplicated pattern iand it lends itself to simple treatment.

This is kind of like pictures without make-up but I couldn't wait to post pics. Here are pics of my unblocked hap. See this tiny bit left. I was not sure we'd make it!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Hap

I've had a few questions about the Hap so Im going to share what Sharon Miller wrote in her new book Shetland Hap Shawls. "A Shetland Hap was and is a serviceable warm shawl." She gets more technical later and talked about how haps were originally knit edging first then stitches picked up around the edging and starting with the border knit to center. "...the shawl knitted 'borders inwards' with almost invariably,an Old Shell patterning." You can see them being dressed on the front of the book.

Mine will be a modern version of the originals, modern construction and colors. I knit a diamond shape and picked up around the diamond. I am now knitting the border and then will knit on an edging. Here is a picture of the sack of hap with it's balls of ksh in it. You can kind of get a scope of the size in relation to the ksh balls.

I would say I have about 8-10 more inches to finish:-)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Things have been hap'nenin' round here

Well not exactly round-it's square! My Hap is coming around. All of the colors are represented now so it is at a blogworthy point

I also started the Floppy Jacket by Maie Landra. I love Koigu. It makes me happy:-)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Handspun secret pal goodies

I was so excited to open the package from my Handspun Secret Pal. I joined this Interweave knits sponsored swap at the last minute. I figured what the heck! I asked to be paired internationally. Both my secret pal that sends to me and my secret pal that I send to are in Australia! It is summer down there right now but they are still spinnin away;-)
My secret pal sent the most beautiful handspun skein of two ply. One ply is a seafoam green merino and the other is a multi colored coordinated silk ply. It is so beautiful!!! I'm trying to think of what to make with it- you know how it is when you get that special skein and you just want to look at it and pet it!

She also sent me some merino and silk to try my hand at it. The colors are brilliant! The spindle is my new hatchtown spindle I won. Thanks Jen!

Friday, January 05, 2007


This is what i did with the 3oz of roving from I love it but it is for my sil. She got a new coat that matches this.

These are the socks in the handspun by chocolate princess aka Liz:-)

This is the Lisa S. 50/50 silk merino south pacific.

I'm also working on two shawls and finished a gorgeous silk tee that needs to be modeled for full appreciation. It's for my mil so when I can snap a photo I will!

The Spinning Wheel
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