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May 16, 2006



Have you thought about taking a completed shawl to a good picture framer? We talked to a local one about framing doilies, which Sandra wants to knit but we'd never use. He was really interested in how they could be displayed. I realise that shawl is a lot bigger, and it wouldn't be cheap, but at least it would be protected (by glass) and diplayed so it would be appreciated.

Lee Ann

Or, you know, if one of your lace pieces is in a colour other that white (and I happen to know there's at least one), you could send it my way. How much do you want for a Ted Original?

I'd wear a lace stole with a leather jacket, personally. In fact, I think I'd wear white if you made it, even though I'm a red/blue girl...

I think I'd probably wear out my welcome telling anyone who will listen that you made it, too. I'm serious, Ted. I'm not talking antimacassars, here...someone should be WEARING what you make. Dude, these are NOT doilies.

My fleece is named Ebony. When you figure out what to do with Max, I'll be all ears.


If you decide to make (or have made) a display frame, you probably want to use at least "one-by-two", not lath. Lath isn't strong enough. One-by-two is smoother and can be finished nicely. A good cabinet-maker could make a smooth join at the corners.

I would be very cautious of any picture framer and would discuss every detail; I once saw a beautifully embroidered work of art that had been nailed into a wooden frame, with rather large nails. The framer had assumed linen could be treated like canvas.

All in all, the display frame seems like a good idea. (The museum no doubt has a space problem, but in five years your shawl will _be_ historic.)

Janice in GA

I'm not much of a lace-wearer either. I knit lace because it's just about the most fun I can have knitting. It makes you think, it challenges your manual skills (and your eyes!) and it's something not everybody wants to do. What's not to love? :)


Oh, you lucky b*****! To get a Merino fleece from Oz -- from Nana Peter yet! He is one sweet dude, but don't let him know that.

Yes, there appears to be a restriction of any unwashed raw fleece or fur coming into Canada. Or at least, it's going to be soon; the border people are stopping them already. You have to prove that it comes from a clean animal, have all the certificates and all that. Lots of paper-work! They love paper, you know.

Now, have you tried spinning from the butt end? I mean, the cut end! Might be better.. and combing would be the absolute best! Can't wait to see what you get ---


Good luck at keeping the bugs out of your yarn and beautiful work. So nice to see the Hosta emerging when mine have mostly died back for the winter.

Bev in tennessee

Many years ago, when I was new to recycling but not knitting, I used to recycle my static-free dryer sheets by sewing 2 together on 3 sides, stuffing them with hamster/gerbil cedar shavings, and finally hand-sewing the top. Now and then I'll find one when I am looking through old boxes in my "attic room". Unfortunately, they no longer smell of cedar; pretty sure they are not keeping the moths away.

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