Thursday, June 28, 2012

East Light KAL

Susie asked me to do a KAL with her.  She picked Aestlight Shawl.  
I am using an old favorite, a skein of Little Traveller, stash busting.  
This pattern starts with a center triangle of garter stitch, 
a border of a very open lace and 
an edge that is knitted on as you go around the perimeter. 
At first I was a little lack luster about this pattern
but as I knit this project I began to like it more and more.
Just as the garter stitch started to wear on me the lace section began.  
So nice and open.  Understated for lace yet just enough.
 I like the star points the knitted on border add to balance the entire shawl.
It reminds me so of a Victorian Lady -
from Scotland of course!
Thanks Susie.
PS - I wore this shawl to Cooperstown yesterday and received the nicest comment.
It really is very pretty.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vacation Ambition

My husband and I are going to our country cottage for vacation.  We'll be away for 10 days.  
Of course I have to pack a couple of projects to keep myself busy.  
I know I won't be able to knit all of my packed projects. 
The reality is I will probably only get to one or two of them  
but its not going to stop me from bringing them all.
Just in case . . .
A couple of summer scarves
Moth Shawl or Scarves
Baby Bunting
Second Color Affection
A few stitch dictionaries in case I need to invent something
Aestlight WIP
Maybe a Wingspan
And I still have my Seville to piece together and finish.
I think I have the rest of the year planned - LOL
What are you knitting this summer?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Lace

I started a lacy little shrug/bolero kind of thing for the summer.  
I've done a few lace shawls and scarves but this is my first lace garment.
The pattern is called Seville by Dolce Knits.  
The yarn is Lonco Solid by Araucania Yarns.  
Its a smooth fingering weight yarn.  
I bought the yarn and pattern a few years ago 
at my favorite NYC yarn store, Annie's.  
This is the back and right front
2 arms and left front to go . . .
The yarn and pattern have been sitting in a basket 
ready to go for a couple - 3 - 4 years.
Hopefully it doesn't take that long to finish it!

Monday, June 4, 2012

4 + 3 = 1

No its not new math.  Its knit math.  Really.
 4 skeins of Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran 
plus 3 days of knitting 
equals 1 Boneyard Shawl.
See 4 plus 3 does equal 1.
Boneyard Shawl is a lovely simple little free shawl pattern by Stephen West.
I used a size US 10 needle which gave just the right amount of drape
while still keeping the squish factor. 
It was so easy to knit and knit so fast that I had to stick it in there 
between the lace shrug and the cable baby bunting I'm making, 
for a little instant gratification.  
As instant as one can get in 3 days.  Instant for knitting. 
This was my first West knit but it won't be my last!
I really like Stephen West designs and have a few queued up.
The hard part will be which one to pick first or is it second?

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Better Baby Bunting

circa 2012

Our extended family is expecting a new member this fall
and we are all very excited for the new couple.  
I married into a large family
that is spread from coast to coast,
north to south with a fair amount in the middle.  
I have made every one of my husband’s siblings
a variation of the same baby bunting
 since the first child was born over 21 years ago.
Over the years I have knit many buntings.
The last one was about 10 years ago and is still in use.
This was back when I was just an occasional knitter.

I am so much more committed to my knitting now,
like insanity committed.

circa 1992

 I pulled out the bunting I knit 
about 20 years ago for my son.
I was very surprised
at how much my skill has improved.
If I didn’t see the two pieces side by side
I wouldn’t have believed it myself.

Aside from gauge and yarn everything is better.
Including gauge and yarn everything is better.
Oh lets face it - everything is just better.
So while I will still be handing down
my son’s bunting to him for nostalgia,
I will also be knitting something
heirloom worthy for my grandchild;
when the time comes. ;-)

 For now I'll keep working on this one.