I found this pattern in an English knitting magazine (Knitting) last year as part of their holiday pull out. I went to the Drops website because the pattern in the pull out was a little vague in spots. The pattern on the website was a little less vague but still vague. So I guess I'll just have to channel my inner EZ and without tears, just knit on. I ordered the yarn online from Garnstudio. It was here in 2 days.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Forget me - save the book. But I warn you drooling and lip licking will ensue.
This book is that good. I can't figure out which design I'm going to knit first. Only kidding, I know exactly what I'm knitting first - Jared Flood's Woodsmoke Scarf.
Then I am toying with the idea of knitting Anne Hanson's Hydrangea Neckwarmer.
Ysolda has the beautiful little Orchid Theif Shawlette that I am dreaming about wearing.
Then there's the Sprouting Cloche from Norah Gaughan.
And so many more I'm going to pass out from dehydration.
I have enjoyed reading about so many of the bloggers I already read and getting a pattern too just brings these very talented designers and bloggers, authors and artists all, right home to my yarn stash with great joy. If you happen by a book store or your LYS check it out. I warn you though, bring a napkin or two because you will be drooling.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
There were knitters in all the stores as far as the eyes could see. This happens to be Purl.
And last but not least I picked up a couple of skeins of Brook Farms Solo Silk/Wool blend. The yarn makes a great scarf.
Tomorrow I am meeting Susie (and maybe Ria) for lunch and knitting. Time to get back to those socks!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
I made the sleeves about 5 inches longer. Eliminated the back panel and just worked the same cable pattern for the front and sleeves across the entire back. I eliminated the pockets because I didn't have enough yarn. I also made the sweater a size smaller because I plan to attach a two way zipper to the front and wear it more fitted. I still have to get the zipper. A trip to Vardhman's on 39th between 7th & 8th is in order. And then I can stop by M&T Trimming for a button to match the Spiral Tweed Cloche.
I hope to be wearing this at Rhinebeck this year.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
I took my son to college last Thursday.
I have plans to make a sweater to send him.
He has to have that Ron Weasley moment before he graduates- hehehe.
But for now I am taking some time
and finishing a sweater for myself.
I'll show ya when I get home.
Happy Labor Day everybody.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
A couple of years ago I made a few project bags out of quilting fabric I bought when I had delusions of making a real bed sized quilt. I made a doll sized quilt and a baby sized quilt and then the allure quickly faded. When I made my project bags a couple of years ago it seems that I did not make enough. So since I had some time and a lot more fabric on hand I decided to take a few hours and make a few more bags.
Mostly they are one or two skein size bags.
I can also fit a nice lace weight or shawl project in it.
I made one rather large one for a good sized project, now I have two larger bags. This time I also made a wide and short one for that unusual project or to have a few extra yarn cakes at hand, just in case.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Here are my latest pair of socks. This is the Lacy Mock Cable sock. I enjoyed knitting these. They are my 5th pair this year. I had set a goal for myself to knit 6 pairs of socks this year. I think I am going to up that goal and really challenge myself.
I finished my first pair of socks in Sept of 2008. I worked on them for 3 months. I worked on nothing else for those 3 months. I did every aspect of that sock many times over. Toes, heels, insteps, soles, cuffs. Such a small item with so many parts. I borrowed books from the Public Library. I expanded my sock knitting library. I devoured any magazine with anything written about sock knitting. At last I felt comfortable enough to go forth and jump into the sock knitting world.
Considering it took me the 3 months to knit my first pair of socks I thought 6 pairs would be a good goal for this year. Then I counted how many pairs of socks I knit last year and now I'm thinking I'd better step it up a notch or two.
In 2009 I knit 8 pairs of socks. So I've decided to knit a minimum of 8 pairs and an ultimate goal of a dozen in 12 months. Yes 12 in 12. I think I'm ready. I'll have to cast on a pair or two today to make my goal.
I love wearing hand knitted, yummy wool socks. And don't get me started on how much better wool socks are in the northeast winters then any other fiber! Whether its top-downs by Cookie A. or toe-ups by Wendy D. Johnson, I love them all. I am now an intrepid sock knitter. I think I will always have at least one pair of socks on the needles at all times.
I think by the time holiday season rolls around I might be ready for a sock of the month club - hint, hint ;)
Monday, August 9, 2010
I finished and posted my last 2 swatches for the Treasury Project. Here they are . .
The first stitch pattern here is Ears of Grass. Maybe for a baby Blanket. I would probably alternate the motif - sort of off center - in the rows. Its pretty and very sutle.
I am going to have to make a neck warmer or 2 with this stitch.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I posted another new pattern on Ravelry. It took a bit of time. This is my second pattern posting and I'm afraid too much time has passed since the last pattern posting so the memory is
old faded not what it used to be. Hopefully the next pattern is posted soon enough for me to remember how to do it without reading the entire tutorial again!
But anyway - here it is ... the
Baby Fern Hood / Hat / Cowl
And the pattern is available on Ravelry for free - right now!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
I've started a couple of projects a while ago. Oh who am I kidding? I started a lot of projects a while ago. So I have been trying to finish them all. Yes all at once. Yes kidding again. I knit happy, drunk on completed projects. How sweet life can be when I "keep it simple stupid". Not really sure what the exact meaning of that is but for me sometimes it means don't over complicate and sometimes it means ahh - stupid you over complicated. But I digress,