Friday, August 31, 2012

Been knitting away and finished two shawls this month. One is the Multnomah which is a a free pattern. I used Brook Farm Duet which is a DK weight and Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride. The needles were size 7 (4.5 mm) for the garter stitch and went up to size 8 (5 mm) for the feather & fan. The first stitch of each row was slipped with yarn in front. It ended up being VERY large with barely any sideways blocking, it was almost 8 feet wide and ended up being about 34 inches deep.

My other shawl/scarf is made with Texscapes Fiber 100% Tussah Silk using Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia Triinu pattern on #4 (3.5mm) needles. I used beads instead of nupps for two reasons - one is nupps don't work well on non-animal fibers and secondly, this yarn is considered lace weight but has slubs and some parts are almost cobweb weight thin. This blocked to 70" long and 12" wide with only 27 repeats.

Other things include a test knit for Holiday Mystery Gifts:

A dress for one of our great-nieces using Bernat Souffle yarn (discontinued) and cotton fabric. The designer is donating all pattern proceeds to the family of the baby she designed the dress for, who has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. It is called Yemma's Dress. The yellow one uses Sugar Rush Jacquard and was made for size 6T. The blue & pink one is for a 2yo.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Keeping Busy

Some of the things that have been keeping me busy:

Lilac Leaf Shawl from Nancy Bush's The Knitted Lace of Estonia.

Our new puppy, Bruno

Simplicity Pattern #1925

Baby Helmet from Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders

GW's Bonnet from Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders