Monday, February 14, 2011

Head 'em up, Move 'em out

Two scarves on wires, what a beautiful sight! The Lace Ribbon scarf was begun in spring 2008, shortly after the pattern appeared in Knitty. I used a skein of Pro Natura wool and bamboo sock yarn. I'm not sure it was the best choice for the yarn or pattern, but by the time I decided that it was way too late to start over.

The smaller scarf is the Rising bubbles pattern that started as a test swatch and grew into a small scarf to tuck into the neck of a coat.
  Lace Ribbon Detail
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I had ambitions of a Modern Log Cabin crib blanket, but as the blanket grew it got too hard to move on the needles, so I declared victory and bound off. It is a seat cover for the little kittle's favorite chair.
I have finished a couple of baby projects and am almost finished with a long-deferred pullover. By the end of the week my needles will be saying "Free at last, free at last!"

Friday, January 28, 2011

Summer of Scarves and Shawls 2010

How I spent my summer:

Annis made with single ply Faroese wool purchased in Walsenberg, Colorado.
Leaf Lace Scarf, pattern and silk-mohair yarn purchased at the Silk Studio on Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.

Rising Bubbles, One Skein Louet KidLin

Leaves on the Path 2 Skeins Alpaca With a Twist Baby Twist

Shibori Scarf One skein Kidsilk Haze

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Knitting for Thrill-Seekers

Some people drive fast cars, some climb mountains, but for heart-pounding drama I suggest knitting Baktus. You can see just how much yarn was left over--those are very little cat's paws for comparison. I used Noro Kureyon Sock divided into 2 balls, knit on #3 needles. The yarn is very sticky and I often had to stop to pull the strands apart. It got easier when I put a split ring stitch marker on the ball of yarn on which the increases and decreases were worked.
Baktus was begun last summer and has been pushed out of the queue for several projects. Finishing it is part of my New Year's resolution about finishing all the works in progress. I have a dream of having nothing on needles sometime this spring and doing a complete needle inventory. There are 2 scarves, a pullover, and a baby blanket in progress now.

Another resolution is to revive this blog and keep it up with some frequency, at least to report finished projects and other knitting milestones. I took a quilting class last fall so a quilt may be included now and then. Here is my third and most recent quilt; It is 42"x42". I haven't made one much larger than that.