Now that it is off season for me I have time to indulge in some projects I have wanted to get to for some time now.
The first is one I took on at Pentaria this past year. It is a repair of a lace edging made by the mother of the Plunder Sisters. Here is the damage a dog did. The first step is to clean it. I am using a gentle cleaner that hasn't failed me yet. It is a 1/2 cup of very cheap (Dollar Tree cheap) dishwasher detergent in a powder form. You mix this with a gallon of very hot water and let it soak for 30 minutes. If you are soaking just whites you can add 1/4 cup bleach. I will post pics of the cleaned article. One it is cleaned the next step will be to match the color and gauge. This is the first time I have attempted to repair lace created by others.
The second project is to make a silk lined sleep cap for a friend. I'm using a lace snood proto-type that didn't work out as a snood but will work very nicely as a decorative sleep cap. I need to line it with silk and thread a ribbon through so my friend can loosen or tighten the circumference as she needs it. Pics will be forthcoming.
The last is a project for me. I have wanted to create a wrap using common motifs found in Orenburg shawls. I have wanted to start this project for some time but I haven't had the time, proper yarn or knowledge to attempt this. I now have all three. I am using a lovely merino wool lace weight 2-ply yarn a friend gifted to me from the Maine Fiber Fair. I have 820 yards of it, this should be enough. I am using Saltaire, Cat's Paw and Vine motifs. This is the first major project, aside from scarfs, that I have designed myself.
Here are the first 32 rows.
Meanwhile Onyx, the Executive Cat, is monitoring the outdoor status of the work area.