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Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Amazing Lace: Challenge #1

LittleLace of the Desert: Chapter One

The birds were just beginning to sing, and the desert sun had just peeked over the horizon when Momma LittleLace woke up. She lay still for a moment, thinking about the long journey ahead. Everything had been packed into the covered wagon the night before. Now it was time to go, before the desert sun rose much higher.

Poppa LittleLace was already feeding the horses. Momma sighed. Horse feed had gotten so expensive the last few months, almost three dollars a pound. And with the drought having ruined the corn and lima bean crop for the last two years, there wasn't much extra money to pay for the feed that the horses seemed to always need.

Momma slid out of bed and quickly dressed. It was time to feed the girls. She quietly went to wake the two oldest. "Moira, Magda, wake up."

Moira felt Momma's hand on her head. She wanted to keep sleeping, but she forced herself to get up. She was the oldest, and Momma would need help with the breakfast. She quickly slipped on her plain green dress and pulled her hair back into a simple knot at the back of her neck. She felt that, of all her sisters, she was the plainest. She was anxious to be grown and out on her own; perhaps the coming journey would bring her the maturity she sought. She found the bacon and eggs and began to fry them up.

Magda slipped back under her blanket. She did not want to get up. she did not want to help. Sometimes Moira got so irritated with her sister that she almost couldn't bear it. Magda wasn't plain. Magda always wore pink ruffles and thought she was better than everyone else. She was always prinking and polishing and playing with her hair. She was vain; Moira was plain. Moira worked hard and tried to always help Momma and Poppa. Magda always seemed to disappear when there was work to be done.

Soon the air was filled with the aroma of frying bacon. Moira heard her younger sister waking up. Megan LittleLace toddled in with the little quilt she carried everywhere. Megan always looked rumpled, and her hair went every which way. This bothered Moira. But Momma said not to worry, that Megan was growing very fast and someday she would be very tall and slender. Her hair would straighten out overnight and she would magically turn into a beautiful, elegant lady.

Moira could hear Momma singing to the newest member of the LittleLace family. Her name was Victoria Anastasia Patience Amanda Madelyn Susanna Charlotte Sophia LittleLace, but everyone called her Baby Lace. She was only a few days old, and very tiny.

She'd had a difficult birth, and was still very fragile. Moira was afraid that she was too tiny to make the long journey. Why, she was so small, her eyelets weren't even open yet.

Momma and Poppa came when breakfast was ready. Moira took a few bits of bread out to the family pet. His real name was Stan, but Moira called him Max the Wonder Sheep. Max went everywhere with them, and shared in all their adventures. This journey would be no different.

And so, when breakfast was over and the dishes done and put away (Magda dried 2 forks and a cup and went to lie down with a tension headache), Poppa hitched the horses to the covered wagon and the LittleLace family set off to find fame and fortune in THE AMAZING LACE!

------Our Cast----
Momma LittleLace.................Pumpkinknitter
Poppa LittleLace...................Joe Pumpkinknitter
Moira LittleLace...................Simple Lace Scarf/Louet Gems Pearl
Magda LittleLace..................Lace Kerchief Scarf/IK Summer '05/KnitPicks Shine
Megan LittleLace..................Branching Out/Frog Tree Alpaca Fingering
Baby Lace...........................Sensational Knitted Socks, Harebell Lace/Naturespun Fingering
Max the Wonder Sheep...........Himself
Covered Wagon courtesy of Coleman Camper Trailers
Team/Family photo courtesy of Annie Pumpkinknitter


Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Oh, I enjoyed your little story sooo much, thanks so much for all the time it must have taken you to make it up - have you ever thought about starting to write children's books? You'd be an amazing author, that's for sure - and I mean that!
You sure have a heap of projects going on right now and they all look so gorgeous - I'm looking forward to see more of little Victoria Anastasia! :) And Max the Wonder Sheep, what a cutie!

1:13 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

What a great way to start the Amazing lace. I agree with Dipsy you're a wonderful writer. All your laces look beautiful. I can't wait to see baby lace once when she's all grown up.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

That's a a great cast, PK. One of those PBS throw back reality shows -- love the drama. Joe sure is a good sport!

6:17 AM  
Blogger cindi said...

Love it! Can't wait to read more of your team's adventures. Hope the sibling rivalry doesn't get too bad!

7:05 AM  
Blogger margene said...

Nice introduction to the cast members we'll be waiting and watching for the next few months!

4:14 PM  
Anonymous janine said...

perfect post :-) Love the photos. looking forward to following you on the trail

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Absolutely awesome! "Eyelets weren't open yet" made me choke on my coffee. Can't wait for the next challenge!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...


Too funny. What a great read. Wonderful photos as well. LOVED the bonnet and mostly your beautiful shawl. Will stay tuned as always.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Oh. My. Gosh.

You've put a little thought into this one haven't you Pat? hehe Wow wow wow.

Well all of the LittleLaces are precious and I love all of their personalities. Chapter 2 can't come soon enough for me! :)

1:42 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

I can't wait to read the next installment! Wagons HO!

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Debby said...

Your story is so well-thought out, and your lace is beautiful!!

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I am totally drawn in by your characters! I hope there will be further installments about the LittleLace family!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Bliss said...

Wow - this was great! Really enjoyed reading it.

1:12 PM  
Blogger HoJo said...

What a large cast of lace you have. I'm humbled with my one and only lace teammate. My you have a safe and easy journey. I'll be waiting for the next installment.

5:59 PM  
Blogger knitabulous said...

Great entry. I can't wait for the next chapter. 'Little knitting women'. Congratulations on becoming a finalist!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Yow! Great character development. Littleknit House on the Prairie, here we come!

4:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa Daehlin said...

What a charming introduction of your Amazing Lace team. I love it! Especially touched was I to hear about Magda. Not only is the lovely photo of her a good presentation of the lace (sitting atop her vanity - is that a pun for her character/type?), but it gives me a wee blush of pride (more color-coordinated vanity!) since she was a design of mine (one of my first published by Interweave). Also, I was taken by Megan and your description of her one day growing taller and more elegant. That lace motif is one I recommend to students interested in tackling the Viennese Lace Shrug pattern because it teaches almost everything a knitter needs to know to make that transition. So, in my lace class here in NYC at Cooper Union [she says, putting in a plug... ;-) ] at least one student is doing just that: "raising" Branching Out through early childhood and "growing" it into young adulthood as Viennese Shrug. Your blog is wonderful! Best of luck to you.
-Lisa Daehlin

12:49 PM  

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