Thursday, December 26, 2013

Orenburg Lace

Over the years I've seen a few shawls on display at the 
New York Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck.  
They were gorgeous.  
Most were knit on small gauge needles in garter stitch.  
A few were knit in beautiful cashmere.  
Some on larger gauge needles and so fine.
I have read many stories about Orenburg Lace. 
That some of it is so fine you can pass it through a wedding band.  
I saw photo's and thought how is that possible. 
Knitting an Orenburg Lace "style" shawl is on my bucket list of things to knit.
Then I received an Orenburg Shawl for Christmas.  
Yes I did.  I went running for our wedding bands and my camera/phone.  
And yes those are our wedding bands sitting right in the middle 
of this glorious rectangle of perfectly knitted goat down.  
I want to wear it yet I'm afraid to wear it at the same time. 
Now I truly understand why they are called Gossamer Webs.  
It just looks so frail - like a butterfly wing.  I guess I'll just have to be the butterfly! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Damask in Iris

I saw this pattern awhile ago when I started knitting shawls.  
I knew it was too hard for me when I first saw it but I also knew it would be a goal for the future.

Then I saw this yarn at a wool festival last year and bought it with this shawl in mind.  
Yarn and pattern finally came together for this lovely shawl.

Yarn cake shows truest color.

The shawl is called Damask.  The yarn is Ms.Babs 2-ply in a color called Iris.

This is my third project involving nupps.  
I found using a crochet hook make nupps a lot easier to do and a lot less intimidating.

I intend to make this shawl again in a solid or tonal color to show the pattern better.  
And while the photos don't do this piece justice the colors together with the pattern are delicious.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Turkish Bed Socks

I went away to my country house for a week with what I thought would be a weeks worth of knitting and a jump on my holiday gifts.  I only took the needles called for in my pattern and found my gauge was way off so I couldn't knit those projects.  I have a blanket I'm working on but after a little while it got boring.
I was left with a couple of skeins of sport weight sock yarn and a size 3 circular needle.
When I combined those 2 things with my Ravelry queue I came up with Turkish Bed Socks.  A couple of days later I had a nice pair of socks.  This is the fastest I have ever knit socks.  Of course they technically are only half socks yet they are everything I thought they would be - perfect for loafers.
 There are more Turkish (not for) bed socks in my future! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kimono Shawl

I learned to knit when I was a child but it never really grabbed my interest.  I was more into crocheting. Granny Squares were the thing then.  I have crocheted many things over many years. Sweaters, blankets, hats, scarves.  Most of these were in worsted weight, commercially available, wool yarns.

Then I started to knit and a passion was seeded in me that continues to grow today.  I found circular needles, sock yarn, stitch dictionaries and lace.  I went to my first Sheep & Wool show and dragged home 2 of the biggest bags of yarn you'll ever see.  My stash was born.

After I joined Ravelry one of the first things I knit was from Cheryl Oberle's book Folk Shawls.

It was half of the Irish Shawl in worsted weight wool yarn.  This was just one of the patterns in this book that I have wanted to knit for a long time now.  They were all put on hold because I was not comfortable with skinny yarn or the long repetitious pattern or the time commitment.  So the book just sat on my shelf and the patterns sat in the back of my head.

Half an Irish Shawl
My fear of skinny yarn has been lessened through the knitting of many pairs of socks.  Its amazing how large fingering weight yarn looks to me now.  And I thought the time commitment could be managed if I just stick to one project.  As for the long repetitious pattern - still not overjoyed.

Then I saw this wonderful cone of over 2000 yards of fingering weight yarn and knew it was time to knit another shawl from this lovely book.  Ms.Oberle's version is in silk.  My version is Lion Brand's 1878 in Fisherman.  Only 2 ends to weave in.  I am uncomfortable weaving ends in on lace so only two ends to weave in sounded great.

      This is my Kimono Shawl . . .

6 feet of yummy wooly lace
lace close-up

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bermuda does Yarn

Bermuda is a beautiful group of little islands linked together in the shape of a "J".  
Bermuda experiences the same seasons as we do here in the USA.  
They wear sweaters and enjoy yarn.
Bermuda has yarn stores, yarn bombers, yarn graffiti, yarn art . . . 

The two above are by the National Art Museum located in the Dockyard area.
The ones below are in St. George's.
This lovely chair, a work in progress, is in a quaint 
yarn shop in St. Georges's in the northern tip of the island.  
Talking to the shop owner I found out that her daughter and her have been at this for years.  
They have inspired others on the island to contribute in yarny ways.
Yarn on Bermuda!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Piece of Cake

Nothing is as inspiring to me as a piece of cake.  
Yarn cake that is. Calorie free and so promising.  
I know this won't become calories on my hips. 
 It will become something more warming to someone special.
I wonder who named this circle of yarn a cake.  
A baker? A bakers knitting spouse? A knitter who bakes?
Maybe its because it is shaped like a cake. 
Maybe its because it can be as pretty as a cake.  
All the colors of the yarn showing through here and there.
I know it makes me smile.  
I don't have a project in mind but I know I want to use these stashed yarns next. 
They inspire me to look for just the right project deserving of such sweet treats.  
As you can see I have a few newly wound, 
fresh cakes inspiring me to find just the right projects and cast on.
Spring - I'm ready when you are!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Raspberry Beret

Raspberry Beret by Prince.  Who doesn't now that song?
My niece, Maia, recently discovered Raspberry Beret and requested a raspberry beret.
I immediately thought of the pattern for the Baby Rollin Beret
since I've recently made a couple of these for holiday gifts.
This time I knit a Rollin Beret, the adult version of the Baby Rollin Beret.
By the time I'm knitting the same pattern for the third time its safe to say I like it - a lot.
Maia and Sabine sport their berets
I knit the first two baby hats, in two different sizes, for my nieces Sabine and Delphine. 
Then I knit it in a larger adult size for my niece Maia.
All were knit in Cascade 220 Superwash.
And now I have yarn on order to make their Mom a basic black beret.
Delphine's smaller baby size (16")
It is so cute, so easy and so fast that I can see myself knitting lots of these berets for gifts.  
I have to say I might have to knit another for my mother, who loves berets.
I highly recommend this hat.
Thanks Woolly Wormhead for another great pattern.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Them Yarn Bones

I like yarn bombings. 
I've often thought of yarn bombing a light pole right outside of my apt building.   
I have a board on Pinterest with yarn bomb pics. 
 My non-knitting friends send me yarn bomb photos all the time.  
When I visited my niece this summer she made a point of showing me the ones she has found in her home town on our way to the local yarn shop.
But this has got to be the most unusual thing I've ever seen yarn bombed . . .
Yes that is a yarn bombed skeleton.  
It is part of a larger display of skeleton art.  
You can find it on display in Kiehl's on 13th Street and Third Avenue in NYC.
Yarn bombing a pole might seem a little tame now

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

By Request

     My husband, Danny, asked me to knit him a neck warmer.  I passed out from the shock.  He has never asked for anything knitted before so when he asked for a neck warmer I nearly fell off the planet.
     Dan is a cotton man.  He wears short sleeved cotton T-shirts year round.  We call him Mr.Freeze because he keeps the A/C on so high in the summer that people come into our home and put sweaters on.  He doesn't even get a goose bump while I'm blowing frosted smoke rings.  This man likes it cold!  Its no wonder that winter is his favorite season.  
      He does wear store bought wool socks when he skis now because he ran out of cotton ones (that I "forgot" to wash) and had to try the wool socks.  He converted to wool socks for skiing but declined hand made ones.  He will borrow a hat from our son on occasion but refuses when I offer to make him his own. He regularly refuses knitted goods - no hats, no scarves, no sweaters, nothing, nada, zip.
      He supports all of us in so many ways and asks for so little in return.  He has a "provider" personalityWhen he asked for a neck warmer, and after I regained consciousness, I dropped what I was knitting to make him a neck warmer.
      Its plain and uncomplicated yet strong and stand up - just like him.
I used Miss Babs "Yummy" hand-painted 3 ply sport weight yarn.  The colorway is called "Wreck of the John Barry".  I used a US size 5 / 3.75 mm needle and cast on 120 stitches with a long tail cast on.  The stitch pattern used is called a broken rib stitch.  I knit for about 8 inches and bound off with EZ stretchy sewn bind-off.  I bound off from the inside of the ring because I liked the way it looked better.  Whats even better is he likes it and we both hope it cools down again this winter so he can wear it (without passing out from overheating.)