It’s been days since I’ve seen anything this pretty…
I just happened to look out the kitchen window, and there it was. Since then, it’s been rain, rain, rain, and darkness at 5 p.m. with the change back to standard time. But I haven’t been idle. I’ve been making lots of little squares.
Here’s what’s left after four balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite. Yes, two little balls, because there was an abrupt color change at a join in the middle of the fourth ball (how very Noro), so I cut it out and joined the yarn back in when the color repeat made sense.
I really like how this turned out. I’ll be writing the pattern up soon. I need it to stop raining so I can take some modeled pictures! In the meantime, I’m working on a second version in an alternate yarn. I took it to knit night tonight, and finished a ball of yarn. I also brought chocolate chip shortbread, with some crystallized ginger in them. If the combo works for scones, why not for shortbread? Delicious, although I think I like the scones better.
Baby O was at knit night, too, and LJ finished a Meathead hat for him. Cute!
And Sharon brought her beautiful birthday present from Cathy.
Cathy asked friends to send her 10 words or less about why we love Sharon, and came up with this brilliant presentation. The notes are printed on hand made rice paper, and backed with flags of other hand made paper. A bit of gauzy ribbon ties each note to a grosgrain hanging ribbon. This was hanging in Sharon’s office on the morning of her birthday. (It was more spread out there; the ribbon is very long!) The little lights add just the right sparkle.
What’s sparkling in your life?
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Tagged entrelac, Knit
I have another new knitting book to show you. It’s 1000 Fabulous Knit Hats by Annie Modesitt. This copy is from the library, but I want to get a copy of my own.
Why? Partly because it’s beautiful, and partly because I’m in it! Well, not me, exactly, but some of my hats. Last year, Annie Modesitt put out a call for pictures of knit or crocheted hats. She was hoping to get a thousand to put into a book. And she did. She chose 10 to feature with their patterns. The rest are eye candy and inspiration. And there is a lot of inspiration here. A hat is a perfect project; small enough that it gets done quickly, and big enough to be a canvas for a new stitch pattern or color combination. Who doesn’t love a hat?
Here are my Pippi hats:
And my watermelon baby cap, which is a free pattern here on my blog:
And my spiral rib cap, also free.
My Elsa would have been in here, too, but she hadn’t been designed yet.
I’ve spent some time paging through, and I want to knit more hats!
It’s transition week here in Portland. We have summer flowers and fall leaves.
The Japanese anemone is going strong. I planted a few of these several years ago, and now they are taking over my yard. I took out most of it this spring, but it’s all back.
My cosmos died this summer, but I think it re-seeded itself and came back up through the anemone. The first batch wasn’t nearly as spectacular as these are.
Here’s what’s happening in the neighborhood:
There won’t be any fall color on my flowering plum tree, though. It’s dead. Half of it bloomed this spring, and then the whole thing died. This bird (flicker?) was enjoying it the other day.
Oh! I never showed you the October Single Skein Club package. Here it is:
A sweet pattern for fingerless mitts by Shannon Squire, a ball of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in one of my favorite colorways (I have 5 balls of this in the same color, different dye lot in my stash from a design idea that didn’t pan out)…
and some really cute stitch markers.
I can’t work on these right now. I’m completely obsessed with one of the things I showed you in the last post. But I can’t show you yet…
Fall has arrived. I love the crisp cool days we’re having here in Portland. The leaves are beginning to turn, and the days usually start with a bit of fog. This is the morning view from my bedroom window.
The cooler weather has inspired me to knit. I’ve got several ideas spinning in my head, and it’s a little overwhelming trying to decide which one comes first. Everything is in the swatching stage.
I’m playing around with an entrelac idea with some Noro Silk Garden Lite and my Lantern Moon US 7 ebony circulars.
After this picture, I knit on it through a meeting last night. I made it far enough to know that it’s not quite what I want, but now I know what I want. I have to start over. That’s progress!
I’m playing around with a different idea on another ebony circular (also size 7). This yarn is worsted from Pico Accuardi Dyeworks. I’m far enough to know that I’ve messed up the stitch pattern! But not far enough to know if my sizing is right.
And swatching another idea in sport weight wool, also from Pico Accuardi, and ebony Sox Stix in size 4. I’m far enough to know that the sizing is definitely not right.
Two steps forward, one step back. Eventually, I’ll get there. I’m usually a monogamous knitter, so it’s pretty strange to have all this going on. I also have an idea for some yarn I’m getting from Lorajean (Knitted Wit), but that yarn isn’t in my hands yet. It’s a good thing that I have a lot of needles!
What’s on *your* needles this fall? Or spring, for my friends down under?
I keep forgetting to post this, but the pattern is officially up!
Pacific Shawl, details here.
I saw Anna’s last night at book group. The lighting wasn’t ideal, but the shawl is gorgeous!
She used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu, and it is a bit heavier, lovely and drapey. Anna’s shawl is the large size, and the yarn is heavier, too. It’s very cozy, but elegant.
You can kind of see the beads on the left, here. They’re much sparklier in person.
Thanks for knitting, Anna!
September is my favorite month. Not only do I have my birthday, we also have our wedding anniversary. Here’s what we looked like 28 years ago this past Sunday.
I also love the beginning of the school year in September. The Teen is a high school senior, so it’s the last of the first days of school. We celebrated with a trip to Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon, with three other families. Next year the kids will be scattered to different colleges, so it was the first in what will be a series of last hurrahs.
The weather was perfect. Crystalline blue skies, high 75, low 35 (fahrenheit!). Perfect for biking (Mt. Jefferson to the right, Three-Fingered Jack to the left, Black Butte cut off to the extreme right)…
or lazing in the backyard hammock.
This is Black Butte, a volcanic cinder cone.
And the two snow-capped mountains are two of the three Sisters. The third sister (Middle Sister) isn’t visible from here. The closest mountain is Belknap Crater.
But what would a knitting blog post be without knitting? We stopped at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters. It’s mostly a quilting store, but there’s an exquisite little yarn section.
I’d never seen this tilli thomas yarn before. The beads are on thread plied into the yarn. Gorgeous!
I did look at the fabric, too. I loved how this was put together.
I started a new knitting project, too.
Can you guess what it is? More on that in the next post. Gotta run!
Or class knitting, at least.
I’ll be teaching entrelac in the round at Twisted using my Athena pattern in November. I’m knitting a new shop sample because Twisted won’t be carrying Crystal Palace Taos, the original yarn I used when designing Athena. The new sample is in Crystal Palace Mochi Plus, and it’s really lovely.
The colors are very rich. The yarn is 80% merino wool, 20% nylon, single spun. It has long color runs with gradual color changes, which is great for entrelac. It doesn’t have areas of two color tweediness the way the Taos does. It’s a great substitute. And it’s sooooo soft.
There was one odd section where two colors were joined; you can see it at the top of the ball. The yarn was pretty thick and unspun there (like a bad spinning join). I tried thinning it out, giving it more twist and knitting it in, but it was still distorting my knitting, so I decided to omit this bit of yarn. But I like the yarn well enough to forgive it this little indiscretion. It’s going to be lovely.
The class is on November 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Your Athena won't be done by the end of the evening, but you'll know everything you need to know to finish!
To register for this class, contact Twisted.
It’s September! The pattern for the Breezy Market Tote is now available.
I really enjoyed designing this for Twisted‘s Single Skein Club. It’s a quick knit that features a provisional cast on and a three needle bind off. Don’t be afraid if these techniques are new to you; they are well within the reach of an enthusiastic beginner. The tote is great for a trip to the farmers’ market…or your favorite yarn store!
More details are on the pattern page.
I hope you enjoy knitting it, too!
I’m looking for a few test knitters to knit my Pacific Shawl. I finished the final (I hope!) edits last night. The two smaller sizes take a skein or less of fingering weight yarn (440 yards or less), and some beads. It looks like this:
The beads are optional, but they’re fun! The small size is sweet worn as a scarf. The medium is…a little larger than the small, but smaller than the large!
If you’re interested in test knitting for me, either this project or another, let me know in the comments and I’ll contact you. I can’t offer you diamonds, gold, or even yarn, but you’d have access to a new design that will be fun to knit, and you get to keep the final project.
I’m making steady progress on the ruffle tank. It’s seamed and just needs the i-cord edgings at the neckline and armholes. Here’s the back. I opted to omit the keyhole closing at the neckline.
This is my first experience with applied i-cord. The instructions in the pattern are for a 2 stitch i-cord, applied from the wrong side. I remembered seeing other general instructions in which i-cord was applied from the right side. I had the opportunity to ask Leigh Radford, the designer, why she chose to work from the wrong side, and her answer was simple: She liked the way it looked.
I decided to try it both ways.
The little bit on the left is applied from the right side. The top 3 stitches were picked up under the far edge. I didn’t like the way it left a ridge on the right side, so I switched to the closer part of the edge on the following stitches. I like the way it looks really tubular. But it looks a little heavy for the edge.
The bit on the right is applied from the wrong side. It doesn’t look as tubular or as finished, but I like it. It’s delicate and a little rustic looking. So I’ll carry on from the wrong side, knowing that Leigh likes it that way. Especially since I feel a little guilty for omitting her keyhole neckline!
In other news, my new iPhone4 is here, and I love it. It’s very intuitive. I took the ruffle tank pictures with its camera this morning because I was too lazy to go downstairs to get my other camera. Not bad, and the macro worked great. Here’s a screen shot of where the phone’s google maps app located me this evening.
It was correct, but I wonder what it would have done if I asked it for driving directions…
By the way, I’m having a little giveaway on the Lantern Moon blog. Go check it out!