yarn, lace, books and blog contests

First off, Strings and Purls is hosting a contest on her blog to celebrate her blogoversary! So, go on over and check her out.

Blog: stringsandpurls.blogspot.com
Contest: http://stringsandpurls.blogspot.com/2008/05/im-having-blogoversary-contest.html

Now onto other news. Nothing major to report in terms of knitting, however, I have made some additions to my yarn stash. I ordered the Knit Picks lace sampler, Sea View and it’s LOVELY! I took pictures of it for my stash section on Ravelry, so I can post pictures of it here.

1) Shimmer — Bayou

2) Shadow — Spring Green

3) Alpaca Cloud — Tide Pool

4) Gloss Lace — Aegean

5) Gloss Lace — Mermaid

6) Shadow — Juniper

Very pretty stuff, and I’m very excited about what projects could come of them. I’m already dreaming of potential wedding ideas involving lace … mmm …

I also swung by Chapters after work today and picked up a new book (yes, we’re still on the the lace topic). Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby. It’s lovely and has more to it than I initially noticed. Lots of patterns, lots of charts, a lot of instruction for those of us new to it, lots of pictures, and a whole section at the back dedicated to technique. It’s awesome.

Check it out on Ravelry, or Amazon. You can probably get it cheaper in-store than online. I’m not too certain why it’s so expensive on Amazon, when you can pay half that in a book store.

There’s also knit-a-long for this book here: Victorian Lace Knit-a-Long
A pretty fantastic review by Grumperina on her blog.
And official corrections for the book as a downloadable PDF

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