Sunday, August 13, 2006
The next project?
Does this yarn not grab you? It is from an ebay seller, Over the Rainbow. A beautiful colorway in a laceweight. It think it wants to be the Mariposa shawl, a free pattern from Southwest Trading company. As seen on this website: http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/South_West_Free-Mariposa_Bamboo_Shawl_Free-1549.html
My handspun becoming a Kerry Blue shawl
After my struggles with twisted stitches (twist the knit stitch on the right side, and twist the purl stitch on the wrong side, and cable as necessary), I opted for some nice easy garter knitting. Well, ok, garter lace knitting. My handspun yarn, Shetland fleece from Judy Colvin in Montana, http://www.bitterrootranch.net, was calling to me from my project basket. I had been shy about starting Martha Waterman's Kerry Blue from Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls, because, well, it was an old pattern from a book which unfortunately had quite a bit of errata on it (on the Interweave website). But with help from people in my yahoo groups, here I am knitting it. I started with 12 stitches on double points, then went to a 16 inch circular, then a 24 inch circular. Now I am using a 32 inch circular and have 400 plus stitches and 60+ rows to go! This is a great pattern right now for me because there is a lot of garter knitting and the lace patterns are quite easy to do.
Sleeves for the Flower Box cardy
Here are the sleeves for Maddy Laine's Flower Boxes. I am using the yarn from The Endless Summer Collection, Lara, purchased from Elann along with the pattern, which calls for a sport weight yarn. Perfect. But these sleeves are much too long, so I put this project away until I had the right needles. I am using 4.0mm, and need to go down to 3.75mm for the body. So in the meanwhile, those needles were busy knitting this sweater:
Summer Cardigan, front
This is from IK, Interweave Knits Summer 1997, Mary Spanos' Summer Cardigan. It features a twisted rib, and twisted cables! I almost went mad, but got my money's worth out of this yarn since I knitted the cabled sections over and over.... The yarn is super-duper cotton/silk from Adrienne Vittadini's Marissa, which is no longer being made. I purchased this from the Threadbear,in Lansing, Michigan. Thank you Rob for offering such an informative weekly email, which is how I found out that he had purchased all the remaining yarns of Marissa. I had to have it!
Summer Box cardigan, front closeup
Summer Cardigan, back
Summer Cardigan, back closeup
Check out all that crazy seed stitch! I really enjoyed working on this pattern. I've made a mental note to try out other Vermont Designs, http://www.vermontfiberdesigns.com/, in the future.
This yarn is yummy and soft and light. It is spun "hollow core" and is really light for a worsted weight yarn. I haven't blocked it yet, but I don't thinnk it needs it.
My local knitting guild, Lakeshore Knitters, encouraged its members to bring in their knitted items to show at the local county fair what the local area knitters are up to. I brought my Color On Color Scarf, and won first place! What a wonderful positive affirmation for me and my knitting. Happy day!