...i am a princess on the way to my throne...


Legolas Sings! 

We found this and I thought my neice, Ms. 'I Love Everything Orlando' Brynna, would appreciate it. So, without further ado, I give you Orlando Bloom singing O Holy Night:

O Holy Night

And Haldir fans everywhere are laughing manically with glee...

*ducks for cover, knowing there are a lot of Legolas fans in the blogosphere who might not appreciate my sick sense of humor*

Merry Christmas!:)


The Moth Cocooned Until Further Notice 

Ho ho ho. Darnit.

Looks like I'm going to have to wait until after Christmas to start the Moth after all. I'm rather strapped for money at the moment, and I'm going to have to make due with what I have, and what have is either

A) not appropriate yarn for such a delicate project


B) not enough appropriate yarn for such a mammoth, delicate project (a tiny little scrap of knitting it ain't).

So, I'm going to wait until I *do* have enough funds for enough yarn for the ethereal behemoth before I begin. I was going to use the Kidsilk Night in Starlight, but now I'm toying with the idea of Alchemy's Haiku instead. When considering the yardage per skein, it's a much better deal for the buck and that's where I am these days; Clark Howarding my way through finances. Any deal is a good one, especially when it saves me pennies. Three skeins of Haiku will yeild 975 yards, while four balls of the Kidsilk Night yeilds 908. Five skeins of the Night costs more than three skeins of the Haiku, and three skeins of Haiku is enough to finish one amazing, frothy Moth. Ergo, we goes with za Haiku.

You see how penny pinching is helping my knitting? It's causing me to consider all kinds of yummy yarns that I would have never considered before, because I thought they were "too expensive". Check to yardage, friends, always check the yardage. Not all skeins are alike.

Now that I've painstakingly decided on yarn, what color? I'm really gravitating towards Platinum or Mother of Pearl, for out of all the Moths I've googled I find I'm drawn most to the lighter colored versions, much like a moth is drawn to a flame (get it?? Moth to a flame?? Hyuck! hyuck! You see, we're talking about the shawl the Moth, you know, which is named after a moth, and moths go to flames, you know, and I made the same comparison, you know, well...never mind). Anyway, I think either of these colors would be lovely, but then my inner color ho starts screaming, No! Turquoise Pool! Or Scarlet's Dark Secret! I'm even considering Dream or Foxglove, two colors I normally would not consider but would look incredible on the Moth. I'm open to suggestions, for by the time I actually get around to affording the yarn surely I'll have made up my mind.

Now: all this talk of the Moth brings me to the rules of the Moth KAL, being as that there are none. You can start the Moth when you want, finish it when you want, and take as long as you want. All this KAL does is let me know whose shoulder I can boo hoo on when I've discovered that extra yarn over 130 rounds into the pattern and I have no concievable idea how to fix it. You may not even be stitching the pattern yet, but if it's in your stash that's good enough for me.

It seems I'm a bit shawl happy, for currently on the needles is the lovely Seraphim Shawl by MimKnits. I'm knitting her in Paton's Lacette Hint of Rose, a lovely superfine yarn. I'm a tad concerned about the blocking considering it's a nylon/acrylic/mohair blend, but already it has more substance than traditional lace, so I don't think it will need to stretch as much.

Also on the needles (or soon to be, anyway) is Crazy Aunt Purl's Magic Scarf in Paton's SWS Natural Geranium. I love love love the way this stuff feels. Honestly, it feels better than silk. The only drawback is that it's even a bit bulkier than your average joe-shmoe worsted, and I tend to like finer yarns and smaller needles. But trust me...it's fabulous stuff.

Anyway, I hope to get our camera hooked up soon so I can show you all these lovelies in person. It seem to be a bonafide knitter-blogger you need to have two things: at least one cat on the premises and at least one photo in the blog post. Interest in cooking, while not a requirement, is a bonus. In my case, two out of three ain't so bad (gotta fix the lack of photographic content!).


Wing-'o-the-Moth KAL 

After several starts and much unhappiness, I have finally settled on a yarn that makes me happy. For what project, you ask? None other than one of the most beautiful creations around. This, dear ones, is the pinnacle for me in lacework beauty. I have started it, and I will indeed finish it. I even thought it would be neat if I offered a knit-along for those who, too, want to partake in this wondrous affair.

The pattern? Wing-'o-the Moth.

The yarn? Rowan Kidsilk Night in Starlight.

Needles? Crystal Palace bamboo circulars 26" size 4.

If you care to join me, leave a comment so I can place your name in the sidebar beneath the knitalong. There is no pressure, no laws, no rules; just get your pattern, pick your yarn, and knit. There will be no prizes offered, save a magnificent lace shawl created lovingly with your own hands to cherish and treasure always.


A Heartfelt Thank You 

I want to extend my biggest and most heartfelt thank you!! to all you wonderful collective. The sheer wealth of love and support I have recived these past few days has been phenomenal. I promise to answer every e-mail soon, and I just wanted to take this time to tell you all how much I truly love you. We never really know how many friends we have until times like this, and you all have shown me such dear friendship. Believe me when I say I will always treasure it.:)

I admit I've been hiding the past couple of days, but true to my warped sense of humour I was going to have my next post be "How to Not Take Care of Your Kids". I decided to table that at the moment, for I'm still not much in a laughing mood about it. I do, however, feel in much better spirits, and in some weird way this incident has made me a better mom! I spent last night on the floor playing cars with my son after my daughter went to bed, and just marvelled at how blessed I am. It doesn't get better than that, does it?

Now...on to the crafy report!(hoping Rosemary indulges my 'craftborginess' of the moment) Today, I am working on my "Arwen" wrist warmers. I wish I had a picture, but it's a simple 4x2 rib worked on straight needles which will be sewn up at the sides. The yarn I'm using is Blue Sky Alpaca Silk in 'Ruby', which is possibly the most gorgeous yarn I've ever worked with. I started these yesterday after a day of total frustration working with Bamboo fiber...although it feels amazing, the stuff was giving me fits so I nixed the project and started the wrist warmers. There's really not a lot of things to knit from LOTR, so I'm coming up with stuff on my own (Pippin's scarf will be started once I get a bit more experienced). I am having such a ball at knitting the wrist/arm warmers that I plan to do one for many LOTR characters and places. I'm a geek, get over it.

Speaking of LOTR, I've recently become infatuated with podcasts and, much to my dismay, can't find a LOTR one that focuses on anything other than the games. I want to start a LOTR podcast that centers around Tolkien, the books, the movies, and the answer to the question of why I will never fully forgive Peter Jackson (those of you who know me really well already know the answer. Those that don't will have to wait for the podcast. *grin*) I want to call it "The Shire Review" to go inconjunction with the blog, and I'm thinking of having a co-host (she doesn't know it yet, but she knows who she is, that little purpledustedfairyfromYankeeland). There is only one problem...I don't know a *thing* about putting together a podcast. All I know is that I want to do one, and I guess that is half the battle. I don't know how long it will be, or even if it will spark any interest, but it will be a lot of fun.

If you have e-mailed me, be expecting an e-mail soon!:)

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