It has been a busy couple of weeks here in our cozy little cottage: I enjoyed my birthday weekend, and wish to thank those who left kind birthday wishes. My husband’s family gifted me with a breadmaker and a sourdough starter that my BIL has been nurturing for the last fifteen years. I have been happily baking bread ever since, and each loaf is better than the previous one. Yum! After the holiday weekend, my husband started his new job – and what a busy one that has been! He is the Director of Technology for a private school, and they have been keeping him quite busy. He went in to take care of some things both Saturday and Sunday, as well as on a snow day this week. I admire him for trying so hard to do the job well. His predecessor managed to leave a very large mess, which Benjamin is trying to clean up with no real orientation time. He has been working 10 and 12 hour days, while still trying to go to school. In the midst of all of this, two adoption rumors have passed our way in the last week, neither of which panned out to anything for us. But I am glad that two more children will have families. I have been taking the nervous energy from the adoption rumor mill, the stir-craziness of being snowed in, and a case of knitter’s startitis and churning out the beginnings of several new knitting projects.
I received Knitted Lace of Estonia on my birthday. (For a great review, with pictures, visit Grumperina’s blog.) This book was originally intended by my sister to be a Christmas gift, but since the book was in high demand and short supply, it was a bit tardy in it’s arrival. If you’ve visited my blog before or seen my Ravelry project page, it is no secret that I am quite a fan of intricate lace patterns. Knitted Lace of Estonia is full of such patterns, and I am eager to see how many of the projects I can tackle this year. The nupps really are not difficult; as long as they are created loosely, they are easy to purl on the reverse side. Addi Turbo lace needles also make purling 5, 7, or 9 stitches together easier because the tips are so very nice and pointy. New to nupps? Here is a helpful video of Eunny Jang and Nancy Bush demonstrating this bobbled stitch. A lifeline can also make a complex lace pattern not seem quite so intimitating if you are prone to mistakes. Need to add another ball of yarn to your work in progress? The russian join creates a nearly invisible and very secure way to join even the finest yarns without a lot of bulk. I hope this inspires someone to try knitting a bit of lace!