Sunday, September 28, 2008
This is the Alpaca handpaint lace weight I bought back in the spring. Don't faint I am actually knitting something from my stash. I even had the beads on hand. This latest progect is another KAL with Goddess Kits, Halloween/Samhain Mystery Shawl. I had to knit this because I bought a pair of brown slacks and I didn't have a thing to wear with them. I think I might need a gold blouse. Hmmmmm It will be pretty to wear to work this fall and that's what it is all about!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This is my shawl after Clue #2 Isn't it pretty. I fully admit I was a non-lover of knitting with what I referred to as thread. I think this pattern may have made a convert of me. Now we are knitting on 4mm so it's not that bad. I'm so addicted when mum mentioned joining the Hallowe'en Shawl Along I jumped at it. At some point this week I have to get to SPUN and pick out my yarn and then to Haberdashers in Oakville to find beads to match. All before I go way because this is going to be my plane project. Have to remember to get shorter addi turbo circulars because I can't take my 100cm on board with me.
This is the first Hat Attack pattern. The cables represent 1-15 in binary code. The 'arms dealer' really puts a lot of thought into her patterns. Contrary to most I prefer this style of hat. I just hope my brother likes it as well. LOL
Looks like they aren't going to do another one until next year. Too bad, this was fun but I imagine the behind the scenes work in immense.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Moebius Basket is finished. I will buy a small ivy plant to go inside of it. Here is the basket before felting and then after.
I love the colors. This was knit with Manos del Uruguay. The feel of this handspun wool is very soft. Dyed over wood fires marbleizes the yarn. The co-operative that made the wool, aims for the organization to bring economic and social opportunities to rural women.
You really have to feel this object, almost like it is spiritual and sacred. The piece turns out so that all the stitches are flowing around from the handle to the bowl. Only one day of work and volia, conversation piece. Thank you Mum, now it is your turn to try.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Mum and I are both doing the Mystery Shawl. This is mine, half blocked after clue #1. I'm about 10 rows away from having clue #2 done and I'll post a picture once it is finished. I was concerned about the yarn when it was in the hank, the dark colours seemed so 'blobby' but now that it's knitted up a bit, I'm feeling much better about it. Being a bamboo blend it is SO soft. I just can't wait till it's finished.
This is something I joined on a whim and am having fun with. So much so I will do again. It's called Hat Attack. Where every one is both an Assassin and Target. The name of the game is to get a hat knitted to a specific pattern and get it in the mail to your target before receiving one in the mail yourself. If you 'assassinate' your 'target' before s/he finishes their hat, they mail you the unfinished attempt and their target information. You then finish the hat and mail it off, thus assassinating another. So on and so on until you receive your hat and are "dead".
My 'target' is in Quebec and her hat was put in the mail on Saturday. I know that my 'assassin' is in BC and has mailed mine to me already. I expect that I will be out of the game today or tomorrow. I didn't last long but it was fun. There is both the website and a ravelry group that you can join.
This is the second time they have done it and I really LOVE the hat pattern for the first one so I'm knitting one up. Not sure who is going to get it, maybe I'll send it to my youngest brother for the holidays.
Friday, September 19, 2008
For the swatch I cast on around 37 stitches and commenced knitting. My idea is to knit the body side to side which of course will result in a vertical stripe. I turned the swatch sideways to look at it. Hmmmmmm....the stripes will be much narrower due to the number of stitches I will have to have on the needle. The sleeves will have wider stripes, once again a result of the stitch count.
Once the swatch dries I will be able to take measurements and armed with my trusty calculator I will start to write the pattern. I have a couple of ideas I would like to use: invisible cast on, 3 needle cast off, grafting (Kitchener Stitch), short rows and of course I will use "EPS" for a good fit. I was reading in one blog how it would be convenient if sweater designers would tell you what size the sample sweater was and the size of model wearing said sample. Sounds like a damn good idea to me. I will take this into consideration when I am finished. Get back to you later..... Meanwhile back to the pink lace! ~Mum
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Haven't felt like doing too much. I finally blocked my swatch for the Mystery Shawl #10. Corinne and the girls came to visit me on Saturday, she and I cast on together. I am only on Row 26. The first clue goes to row 68. I will post a picture when I get to row 68 knitted. see you then.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
This is Spinning Bunny's Morning Mist.I wish it was as blue as it appears here but it isn't. I took this picture outside in the sun. The yarn is much greyer and at first I was disappointed. I was expecting something in shades of soft blue. I have decided to go ahead and knit it up. Who knows I might be thrilled with the outcome. I will get it wound into a ball this weekend and get my swatch knitted.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Mari Lynn Patrick’s cropped pullover works two ways. Wear it as a deep V neck as shown, or flop it over to form a cropped cowlneck; either way , it’s a quick knit in Van dyck, 46% Wool, 39%Acrylic, 15% Alpaca. You can find this pattern in Vogue Knitting Winter 2005/06.
My own alteration would be to lengthen the body down to my upper thigh making it more of a bum warmer than cowlneck.
The body is worked in one piece; sleeves are picked up and knit down from the armholes.
This will make a neat addition to my sweater collection.