The Fiber Side of Village Books

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shetland Monster & Taking Wing

The Shetland Monster Shawl

The book that makes me want to be a better knitter, Country Weekend Knits by Madeline Weston (St Martin's Griifin, 2008), includes a pattern for the Old Shell Shetland Shawl. In this free adaptation (which I am knitting for myself) I am choosing colorways that reflect both my stash and the natural colors on the coast of Maine. I call the shawl "Monster" because it is growing into an unruly lap warmer, with a strong personality. The softer, kinder version in Country Weekend makes my shawl look downright feral. I'll be knitting it, by the way, for the rest of my days...

In other news, the Taking Wing project is still flapping along. Above is a better shot of the nest/bait bag hybrid. Katie & I had some great working

time again yesterday at Zoot, where a lurking lad took our picture. He wasn't THAT young, actually. He turned out to be Robin, the artist responsible for the terrfic exhibit of black & white photos currently on display in Zoot.

Katie & I are creating a "Bird Paradise", and in this photo we're working on the imaginary landscape that Katie designed as a backdrop for the nests. We're thinking of it as an installation, with elements on the wall & suspended from the ceiling. What do you think, Martha?

More when I replenish my batteries, both in the camera & in my body.

Happy knitting or whatever creative act you're committing!


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