Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Making a Splash

I've been a bad blogger.

I've got good reasons.

This blog is based on a kind of "wine meets technology" premise. That sentiment was brought to life literally when I knocked a glass of Private Reserve Muscat directly into the side of my computer tower. Mother boards don't like wine so in this tale of woe lies my first excuse.

Secondly, I had to get my Diamond Fantasy shawl done for the Five Counties competition. I ran out of yarn twice and had to spin more. Throw in a few unforeseen life events and this baby came down much closer to the wire than I'd hoped. I finished it last Wednesday and blocked it immediately.

I'd also (one month ago) offered to knit a second item for the display. Since we were assigned various anniversaries to represent, I got 50th which is gold. I had some Lisa Souza BFL roving spun up in her jonquil colourway. It was to become the Koolhaus hat by Jared Flood since it's such a cool pattern and the diamond design nods to our guild's 60th anniversary.

I stayed up until 1:00 am Friday night attempting to finish it. I had to get up at 5:15 am to meet my partners for the display set up so the damn thing was completed in the car on the way up to the competition. No I wasn't driving...

The display looked really nice. My guild associate who takes the lead on this display every year painted the ladies to make them look like wedding guests and the centre piece is designed to mimic a tiered wedding cake.

Our guild didn't win best display. I was hoping Diamond Fantasy would win for best knitted item by a novice - it didn't win that either.

I was surprised to learn it won (by one vote) the people's choice award. My prize was a beautiful hand carved weaving shuttle.
I don't weave

I will not start weaving

I will not start weaving

I will not start weaving

I don't need another hobby

Where's the wine?


deirdre said...

I think the wine is in the computer, no?

Congratulations on your shawl, and I think the display should definitely have been recognized - I just love it!

Romi said...

Lovely shawl!

yoel said...

Woot woot! on your prize!

The shawl is beautiful, and I can't believe you spun more yarn, twice, to finish a project. I feel about spinning about the way you do about weaving...a very tempting hobby with lots of equipment that will slowly but surely time-suck me into a vortex of doom.

Dr. Steph said...

The shawl and hat are beautiful. Nice prize too. Use it as a paper weight.