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!