Sunday, March 25, 2007

Don'tcha just love Springtime!?

This is just my favorite, favorite time of the year! The grass is greening up (actually, Chris has mowed the front and back yards already) the bradford pears, redbud trees are in bloom and our crabapple tree is almost in bloom, but here is a picture from last year and I will take one as soon as they pop for next week.

I bought the three bobbin tensioned lazy kate to go with my Jensen wheel, and I have to say that most of the time, I really don't mind spending more money to get a piece made from an artisian's hands as I feel they are trying to make a living too. But, this piece kind of takes that to my outer limits. I spent $129 on this:

I do believe I could have made this one myself, take three size seven needles, and one screw with a string on it, one box from the wood pile and there you go. I do realize this was made by Mr. Jensen, and I do realize this is made of cherry, but do you honestly think this is worth $129? The one and only reason I purchased this was because the Tina's bobbins would not fit on my Majacraft Lazy Kate. The Rose bobbins will fit on this one, so I will more than likely sell the Majacraft Lazy Kate now. I am not one of those that has to have all matching items - who's going to see? And who cares? I guess I am being a bit bitchy about this, but gee whiz, huh? That's a lot of fiber or yarn that could have been purchased instead.

Ok anyway, on to other things: I am going to Maine this summer with my daughter for our summer pilgrimage back home. My brother's only son is getting married at the end of June, so we will probably freeze, as we normally only go back towards the end of the summer vacation to allow the lake water to warm up to a comfortable swimming degree. And to allow the general air to warm up too! I mean it's usually around 80 degrees at home at the end of June, but not in Maine, and that's for sure! Ok, so all that to say, I am going to try to make this:

This is Antique Lace by Ilga Leja, it is made with Fleece Artist's Handmaiden Lady Godiva, and you need two skeins for the smallest size. It really captured my heart, so I decided to ask Lisa if she had anything in taupe or light brown in color, like dockers tan, you know?

And Lisa made me this:

Now, this color was supposed to be more brown, like "tea stained", so I went ahead and ordered it. The actual skein itself is light gold, and it is truly gold, no brown tones whatsoever in it. I don't think this color will match my dress, the dress is a deep bright coral - so, I dunno. I plan to make the antique lace with this anyway, but I probably won't use it for the wedding. So, it's been that kind of week for me.

Kai is one more motif further and next I start the replacement motif. It appears I can get one done a week, so I will so this to you all next week. On that note, I hope you all have a great week and see you next time!


Jane said...

You are right about that kate. I don't think it's worth that kind of money either, but my kate came with my Schacht when I first bought it so maybe I'm out of step with what things cost these days. The"kate" that came with my sistes Majacraft Rose is just a box with holes for metal rods to hold the bobbins,no tensioner. I'm not impressed with it. At least yours will actually work even if it cost quite alot. The lace project looks really pretty, even if the yarn won't work for the wedding.

Vicki said...

That gold is really pretty even if it won't match your dress. What is that colorway called? I completely understand your view about the Lazy Kate. The price does seem pretty steep.

Peggy said...

Yeah, it is a bummer about the kate and you are right, that could have bought a lot of fiber/yarn. But hey, now you have it and it's only money right? The lace vest is beautiful, I can't wait to see it in progress and the yarn is really pretty but definitely gold. Just have to purchase something else, oh darn!!!!

vanessa said...

is it sock yarn? i'll buy it from you if you don't want to keep it ;-)
i hope you like the lazy kate, i love mine.

CarolineF said...

You could always dip the yarn in a pot of strong tea and see what happens...

Melanie said...

I have that vest on the needles right now - there is an error in the pattern - see Speaking of things that bug us, it bugs me that they didn't revise the chart as well as the written pattern.