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OT:indulgent great-uncle

attached is a phot of my great niece Rowan indulging her taste for cash at the Sterling Renaissance Festival - unfortunately we missed the shot where she was shoving a $5 into her mouth.

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FO:Royal Swan Stole

This is my version of 'Leda's Dream' stole (which was the yahoo groups Mystery Stole #1) - I started it as a Christmas gift for a co-worker/friend with whom I do a Dicken's Festival during November and December - but got sidetracked. Since she also is Queen Elizabeth at my summer job I picked it up again (having stopped it Dec 22nd) on July 8th and have finished it.

Rather then knit it in one direction and then just add the edge to the provisional cast-on I knit the pattern in both directions from the cast-on. Since I used a larger needle then most who knit this shawl I got away with only 3 repeats of the main chart rather then the 5 most people knit. It was done in Alpaca Farms 'Suri Elegance' - the colour is 'Purple Majesty' (appropriate, no?) and I used US #6 needles.

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sample image attempt

this didn't work the last time...have to see if I can get it right this time.

attached should be picture of shawl I did last summer. If successful it is 'Stor Rund Dug' - a Danish doily pattern done as a shawl in Knitpicks 'Paint Your Own' merino lacewieght.

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knitting forum deprivation

Glad I "found" this forum/site - as I have recently been cut-off from the knitting forum I've been visiting for three plus years. The Evil Queen Bess (content filter) finally caught up with me and blocked acess not only to the main site but both mirror sites as well. I knew it would happen sooner or later, but now am suffering from the lack of up to 300 posts I was reading daily.

Good thing I've got a half-dozen or so projects on the needles to keep my mind occupied.

I have been knitting primarily lace shawls for the past three years or so, since I *finally* figured out how to purl. It only took 40-plus years of trying to learn how. They do nicely as gifts for friends and family; go well as auction items for my favourite charities and are excellent as wedding gifts. Since I have something like 7 weddings in the family and among friends in the next six months or so I plan on being quite busy!!!!!

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