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UFO to Finished projects

February 22, 2009

I decided to make a few changes in how this blog looks. Just one column. The side column with finished projects, links and such seemed like a waste of time to keep it up, I will keep my projects current on my Ravelry page (if I can get my Flicker to work). I am also going to try to post a little more often. Instead of waiting until I have a lot to say, I will post smaller bits.

I finished the Swallowtail Shawl , Nupps and all.  It is beautiful. It really bloomed when I blocked it. It did not soften up as much as I had hoped, but I do like it. Here is a picture:

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I have actually been quite productive the past few weeks. I also finished the Laguna Blouse (it even fits) and started a February Ladies Sweater. I am using  Elsebeth Lavold’s Classic AL,  an Alpaca Merino blend, colorway is Beechwood.

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David and I just returned from Texas again. We were there only a week this time, and specifically went to attend Texolan, an alpaca show in Fort Worth. It was Peeka Ranch’s first show. We took two alpacas, David showed them both. Aries got a third place and Aquarius got a Sixth. Interestingly, Aquarius got a blue ribbon for her fleece.

One of the vendors at the show was Helen Hamann. She is the author of Andean Inspired Knits , a beautiful book with “a collection of patterns inspired by pre-Columbian textiles from the culturally-rich Andes in South America”.  Several of the patterns are knit with Classic Alpaca by The Alpaca Yarn Company. They are colorful, some look challenging but others look like they would be a fun knit. She uses embroidery in some of her designs to add the color and texture. She is a delightful woman, very animated when discussing her designs. She had beautiful garments for sale, her designs knit by knitters in Peru.  I bought a couple of balls of her alpaca yarn to see if it is something I want to carry in my store.

Here are a couple of pictures from Peeka Ranch:

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience..” Eleanor Roosevelt.

Peace

Cynthia

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