Sunday, June 24, 2012

New project: Whisper Cardigan

My second try at a Whisper Cardigan

Start of a Whisper Cardigan

The yarn is Madelinetosh Lace, and it's beautiful stuff. And I really hope this one goes better than my first Whisper, which ended with moths... or maybe spiders... something small that eats yarn.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Juneberry Triangle

I've been busy...

Juneberry Triangle Shawl

I finished a Juneberry Triangle for J's mom. She has spent quite a while hinting--not subtly, either--that she would love it if I were to knit her something. When I gave her the finished shawl, she looked at it and asked, "Is this something you made?" I told her it was, and the reaction was priceless: "ALL RIGHT!" She was pretty jazzed about it. She's keeping proudly displayed on the back of her favorite living room chair.

All the different lace patterns kept this project very interesting and challenging. Paying attention to the pattern was key. No working on Juneberry during Game of Thrones!

Juneberry Triangle Shawl

The yarn is some Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine that has been in my stash pretty much forever. I was thrilled to finally find a use for it.

And look, I even did all of the bobbles:

Juneberry Triangle Shawl  

The ones on the edging too:

Juneberry Triangle Shawl

I may have to make one for myself one of these days!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Finished object: Windermere

It's been a fairly busy summer. As I've learned, we have winter for a solid 6 months of the year, so summer is a time for doing as much as possible outside the house. J and I went to see Daniel Tosh in Great Falls, and we also saw Kenny Rogers--THE GAMBLER himself--last weekend. We've also been making good use of the fire pit I got J for his birthday, and have had several nights of sitting in the backyard with marshmallows, beer, and fire.

In the middle of my summer activities, I finished my Windermere scarf.
Finished Windermere

The pattern is from Sweet Paprika, and is a design I've loved since I first saw it in the Ravelry Obscuriosity group's past knitalongs. I got this fabulous hand-dyed yarn from The Yarn Stash in Minot, and it turned out to be a great match for the pattern.
Finished Windermere

I made the stockinette sections smaller because I wanted the finished scarf to be a bit narrower than the design called for, especially since I was using a fingering weight yarn rather than laceweight. Beyond that, I did the pattern pretty much as written--even the grafting! I had to undo some of my grafting when I got about halfway through the center lace pattern and noticed that my stitches weren't lining up AT ALL, but it was smooth sailing once that error was fixed (I'd completely skipped grafting some of the YOs).

When it starts to cool off in another month or so, I have another scarf for my arsenal!
Finished Windermere

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yarn Radar

J and I were in Billings for a weekend trip a few weeks ago. While we were driving around, I found Purl Yarn Boutique, a brand new yarn store! J joked that I must have some kind of yarn radar... I have a tendency to find yarn any time we go out of town.

Anyway, we went in, and it's a great store. Very open and uncluttered, friendly staff, and two adorable shop dogs. I'll definitely go back next time we're in Billings.

J was drawn to the Manos display, and picked out this skein of Maxima in the Arctic colorway:
Manos Maxima

And I picked up a few skeins of this gorgeous red Spud & Chloe Fine, maybe for a second go at a Whisper Cardigan:
Spud & Chloe Fine

I can't get over how smooshy this stuff is!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Starfish shawl

My new shawl. Let me show you it:
Starfish shawl

I've had the Starfish Shawl pattern from Knitting Nature in my Ravelry queue for almost 2 years. Every time I looked at it, I'd see the words "CO 730 sts", and just couldn't bring myself to start it. I eventually figured out that I didn't want mine to be as large as the original, since anything that's too over-sized just looks ridiculous on me. I ended up downsizing it by about 6" in diameter, and only had to cast on 625 sts. ("Only" 625 sts.).

It was an easy knit, though. Once I figured out which row on the chart matched my number of cast-on stitches, the knitting went on auto-pilot. The yarn is Wool in the Woods Frizee, which has sadly been discontinued. It's a rayon yarn that's mostly smooth, but has little frizzy spots every so often. I'm so glad I finally found a pattern to show off these colors. The constant decreases in the pattern broke up any pooling quickly, and the drape of the yarn is just wonderful with this pattern.

The shawl has armholes to make it easier for those of us with narrow shoulders to actually keep it on. It can be worn with the longer end on the bottom:
Starfish shawl

Or with the longer end on top as an over-sized collar (which is probably how I'll wear it):
Starfish shawl

And if I don't feel like wearing it, it makes a great lap blanket. Or cat bed, if I ever let Cleo get a hold of it.