Friday, October 31, 2014

Rhinebeck in Pictures

As a knitter I felt like I really hadn't lived until I went to my first fiber festival.  I feel very fortunate to live in the North East and have Rhinebeck as my local fiber festival but there are many around the country that I would also love to go to.  
Really I have this fantasy of stocking an Airstream with patterns, knitting needles and notions, oh yea maybe some food and clothing too and traveling from fiber festival to fiber festival all over the continent.  These are some of the pictures I took this year at The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, also known as Rhinebeck. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Durum Socks

I just posted a new pattern to Ravelry.  
A lovely, lacy pair of socks.

They are knit with Socks that Rock medium weight yarn.  
I love this yarn.  It is so creatively dyed.  

I wanted a little lace in a heavier weight sock that could be worn through the winter.  
These socks fit that desire.  

They are knit in a sport weight yarn and the eyelet portions of the lace add style 
without being too "airy".  They also have a neat shadow wrap short row heel with a little extra stockinette shaping around the Achilles tendon for fit and wear.

I hope you like them.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Styrax Cowl

This is the latest pattern I've posted to Ravelry.

Made with one skein of Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed

It knits up really fast and can be made with just one skein of LionBrand Cashmere.
Made with one skein of LionBrand Cashmere

I've also included modifications for a hat and headband.
Made with one skein of Rowan Tweed DK

 To help everyone get a head start on their Holiday knitting 
I am offering the Styrax Cowl pattern to all my readers 
for free through the entire month of September on Ravelery.
Pattern code is "snowbell"
Update 9/8/14 - Ravelry coupon is now active, sorry for the delay

Sunday, August 24, 2014

On a Socks Kick Lately

I finished knitting my first pair of sock in September of 2008.  
I still have and wear them.  
However some of my other socks have not faired as well.  
A few pairs have shrunk a little like the superwash is wearing off.

I haven't knit socks for a long time, over 6 months then something happened . . .
my sock love kicked back in!

First up is this lovely pair knit with yarn from Ellen's Half Pint Farm 
that has been sitting in my stash for many years.  
I'm a sucker for anything in any shade of any Caribbean water.  
These were a gift for my Mom.

Here is a pair made from Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in color way "Nemo".  
No pattern just a seed stitch cuff, short row heel (w&t) and a box toe.  
Yarn is a gift from my Portland peeps.  
Nemo was my beloved black cat who left us about 6 years ago. 
(Since he came first the movie was named after him) 
I have owned a Nemo, knit a Nemo and 
will fondly remember Nemo whenever I wear these socks.

Next up is another yet another plain sock
Knit Picks Stroll in color way "Hearth Multi".  
2x2 rib cuff, another short row heel (w&t) and box toe.  
The leg portion is a little longer on this one.

Then I knit with my first skein of Berroco self stripping sock yarn.
What fun to knit nothing but stockinette and have it look like I used multiple yarns.

Finally since I felt I was due for a fancy pair I pulled Pointelle from
Cookie A's book Knit.Love.Sock.
Another Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn,
color way - In the Clover; also bought at Twisted in PDX.
(BTW - I love this yarn store)

I think my sock love is back and still talking to me
cause I'm currently anxious to start the next pair.
This time I'm designing . . .

Monday, August 4, 2014

Old Time Crochet

I was wandering through an antiques center in Tannersville, NY 
and came across this great display of crochet lace (under plastic).  

The lace is so fine and intricate that I had to share the wonder.

Some pieces are made with what looks like sewing thread.  

In a couple of photo's I have added a penny for scale.

Simply magnificent!