Over the past week or so I have placed a LOT of beads on Evenstar! So far about 1,850 and I'm a little over halfway around the border. I think the grand total will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,800. I think I'm getting pretty good at it and have decided on my preferred method. Drumroll, please.
The Fleegle Beader. As I mentioned there is definitely a learning curve involved, but all of a sudden, it just clicked and I find it the easiest, most convenient method. I found that about every 10-20 beads I would come across one that just didn't want to cooperate. I discovered that some beads have a hole that's just slightly too small. Once I decided to stop fighting those beads and just put them aside, things went much more smoothly. I'll keep those and if I run out of beads at the end, I can always place those using the floss method. Only 380 rows to go! I will also be ordering the larger size Beader to try out as well.
In the meantime, I needed something a little simple to rest my mind and hands, so I have started the Wilshire Shawl.
This is KnitPicks Shimmer in Blue Glass. I had started several other shawls with this, but it pooled unattractively. This, however, looks as of it is going to work just fine. This is what I consider "mindless" lace - no big surprises and lots of stockinette stitch when you just want to let your mind wander.
My mind has needed the opportunity to wander a bit lately. I find myself just a tad over committed. I had told myself that I would just say "no" to new commitments, but two came up that we're so very important that I felt led to agree. On the plus side, they are both pretty short term and should be over by mid-June. So I'm kind of in survival mode right now and my knitting is keeping me sane. Oddly enough, having a complicated project like Evenstar keeps me as sane as the simpler ones.
Adding into all the other activities, I have our Annual Spring Tea coming up this Saturday. I had promised Mei-Mei a new dress, and I finished it with time to spare:
Mei-Mei's pretty easy - as long as it's pink and sparkly she's good. And if the skirt twirls, it's even better. This dress accomplishes all of those! Here's a close up view of the beaded ribbon:
Isobel is a little tougher. Getting her into a dress is impossible, so probably the best I can hope for is clean jeans! So I made her a cute hooded tunic to go with whatever she decides:
I was not over impressed with this pattern. It was very poorly written and I will not be making it again. So I'll need to scour the pattern books to find other things to sew for Isobel. Or, I could just knit for Isobel and sew dresses for Mei-Mei. Mei-Mei doesn't seem to care much for sweaters I make, but loves the dresses. Isobel is just the opposite!
I got a chance to go on a photo adventure with my good friend Bethy last week. I've decided to hone my skills using only my iPhone camera. We got some beautiful pictures of a unique piece of driftwood that has always captured my imagination. Here are two of my favorites: