Brioche Lace

My friend Nancy is busy creating something entirely new – brioche lace.  She has several patterns and samples she’s working on.  One of them she made into a scarf and posted photos of it on Ravelry.  Since then she’s received lots of requests for the pattern.  I am now busy testing that pattern.  The above is one side, with 2 pattern repeats wide and 1 pattern repeat long (plus a few rows).  Here’s Nancy’s finished version:

It’s really pretty work, but takes some getting used to.  I made 8 rows and then decided to rip it out and start over again.  The second try went much much better.  You have to get the hang of it and then it goes easily.  You have to have experience with two color brioche already.  Here’s the other side of my piece:

I have a couple of questions for Nancy about this pattern, but I’m sure to get that cleared up Monday night.  I’m using these colors in the test piece because they are obviously so different and that makes is easy to keep track of what I’m doing.  I have some lace yarn in my stash that I think would look great in this pattern (or any brioche lace).  I’ll be sure to post that when I start it!

Meanwhile, I’m busy with Mom’s scarf and DB’s scarf.  More photos of those coming up this week.

I Made It

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Well here we are on the 4th of December and I’m only now getting around to congratulating myself on NaBloPoMo ’09.  Yes, I managed 30 posts in the 30 days of November.  Posting every day is very challenging.  It was not easy.  I made it!

Posting every day takes determination and stubbornness and only just a little bit of creativity.  I nearly always have something to say, but it takes discipline to sit down and write it.

This is the second year I’ve participated in NaBloPoMo and I’m sure I’ll do it again next year.  It’s really a kick in the ol’ blogging butt that I need sometimes.

You will notice, however, that as soon as November was over I took 3 days off from blogging.  It’s been a busy week at work and I came home late every night.  Even today, Friday, I was at work early, ate lunch at my desk, and didn’t leave until after 6pm.  Ugh.  And I have to do some more work over the weekend.

We did take a little time for fun this afternoon.  We played this geography game.  It’s addicting.  Give it a try!