Friday, August 29, 2008
But in all that walking and looking I came across this new Knitpickers bag. I immediately fell in love with it.
It is absolutely perfect for my sock knitting. I really like the fact that it is clear -- you can see what you have in there. I LOVE the handle and the wide zipper.
I knit socks in the car or in the kitchen when I'm cooking dinner. So this is the perfect little tote for me! AND, guess how much it was? $8.99. I thought that was a great deal.
Happy Knitting! Have a wonderful weekend.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
It was wonderful! There is nothing like the taste of a raspberry, juicy and warm from the sun.
All the kids helped. Rachel was industrious, just like her mother. Andrew was so diligent and helpful. James was a sweetie pie and told me stories as we picked. He also made us all smile by wearing his "sunglasses." Little David tottered between all of us begging for "pick berry" or "berry there" (both meant, "please, put a berry in my bucket for me to eat."
Friday, August 22, 2008
Lin's heart was stolen by Neva's fleece - a dusky charcoal black. I was smitten with Esther's fleece - a beautiful dark black color.
We have begged the shepherd not to return for a while. Our little feet can only spin so fast and our fleece budgets can only buy so much. But this stuff is worth it! It is so soft and clean.
I think I have my winter spinning stock! Happy Spinning!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It's a fun pattern to knit. You don't get bored knitting it and it's done before you know it. I knit this second sample one while watching Michael Phelps -- yep, the Olympics has been quite the draw for me this year.
The pattern will be available at Stitches & Scones on Wednesday! I hope you all enjoy!
Summer Lace Errata
(There should be three lace repeats instead of two. Here is the correct lace pattern:
Row 1: K1, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, K2, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, K2, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, K1
Row 2: (WS) P
Row 3: K2tog, yo, K3, yo, SSK, K2tog, yo, K3, yo, SSK, K2tog, yo, K3, yo, SSK
Row 4: (WS) P
Repeat these 4 rows
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I am in love with the yarn. I can't believe how nice it is to work with.
The pattern is okay. It does not hold your hand all the way through the little V decreases at the bottom. But, you can muddle your way through it. But don't let that scare you. It's definitely a fun knit.
I loved the pattern, but I didn't want to make it with raglan seams. For some reason I didn't like how the raglan interrupted the flow of the garter stitch top.
So with a bit of math and gauge calculations I made my own in a top-down yoke. I love the results. And so does my mom -- this is her Christmas sweater. She is supposed to forget about it until Christmas time, that's the agreement. But I had to try it on her -- I was worried I had made the wrong size.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Lin had found the most amazing treasure. It was beautiful, soft, Shetland roving. Often times the roving is course or over processed. But this roving was perfect (sure, the white had a little bit of gray in it as well as a little VM - vegetable matter - but that's a sheep's life).
We split it up, each taking home half of the white and half of the brown. That evening I spun a little skein just to see what it was like. Oh, my goodness. It is a dream to spin. You can spin is SOOO thin! It just runs through your hands like butter and zips onto the bobbin. I am so happy to have it.
I thought it was so cute that the bags of fiber still had the sheep's name on it. The white came from a little Shetland named "Heather." Isn't that sweet. I'll have to ask Lin what the name on her bag that she took home.
Just to reassure you that do use my handspun, here is another Swallowtail shawl that I finished last month with some beautiful brown fiber from the Greencastle Fiber Event.
Monday, August 4, 2008
The yarn is divine -- really, I LOVE it. I love soft yarns that have some body to them and are not limp. So often mills sacrifice the body of the yarn for softness. But this yarn is perfect. It is a blend of alpaca and wool and is the best blend I have ever laid my hands on. Now, I have only knitted with the Isager 2 so I can't speak for the rest of the line... but this stuff is simply divine.
Several people have asked where I purchased the pattern and yarn. It is a bit hard to track down isn't it?
I purchased mine from the lovely people at Tutto . They were extremely helpful and sent the box off with haste. As I mentioned before there is no yellow. However, I was quite happy with the Celery color. There are so many colors to choose from, anyways, so it really doesn't matter too much!
Happy Knitting everyone!