I finished this hat using MamaJude’s yarn this week. Unfortunately the yarn wasn’t a good choice to show off the colorwork pattern by Deborah Tomasello, but it is such a soft pretty hat anyways. This is the best side of it, but there are so many places where you can’t see the pattern at all because the purples cancel each other out. If you click on the picture it will take you to the pattern page on ravelry with notes and more pics.
I know I have devoted far too much of my time to reading lately, however I haven’t stopped crafting entirely. I did for a little while there and I’m slowly but surely getting back in the swing. Here’s what I’ve been working on…(sorry pic heavy)
2 strand sage green laceweight cotton recovered from a thrift store sweater (it was actually a lovely lace design, but I just can’t wear sweaters here in FL)
I am so far behind the pack on this. In fact, there has been another mystery knit-along that has since come and gone. Oh well. As you can see this doesn’t look like much right now. When you work in the round in lace, it’s pretty much just a blob until you bind-off.
Next up is a crochet blanket I got going last month when I was just feeling really uninspired. Intended for crochet cotton thread, I upsized it with worsted weight and am doing each square with a different yarn.
I also managed to spin some yarn!
I estimate it’s probably a worsted weight but I haven’t measured the wpi and my scale is broken, so that is purely guesstimate. It’s 290 yards of 2 ply Superwash Wool – white with caramel sprinkled throughout.
The other night trying to find some inspiration, I decided to give fair isle aka stranded knitting a try. I have always been extremely intimidated by colorwork of any kind. A year or so ago I watched Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Workshop and realized that I just might be able to do it, but still hadn’t tried. Here is my first effort (after a couple of ripped out first attempts).
This is baby sized so that I could practice without committing to something huge, but I don’t have a baby to put it on, so the monkey will have to do for now.
Finally a fiber arts project to share! I have been a one project woman for a month or more now, which is unusual for me. With the stress of work and lack of creative space (aka junk is reinvading the junk room turned craft room! arggh!), I have been burying myself more in books than yarn. So the fruits of all my knitting time for the past month are here!
I made some modifications to the original pattern to utilize as much of the yarn as I could and make it as large as possible.Firstly, I made it into a square instead of a triangle by simply working in the round with 4 repeats of each section instead of 2. Then, I mimicked a small portion of the pattern a few times over before beginning the last chart and extended the last section by a couple rows as well.
For my first post of the new year, we have some catching up to do! Gosh I have completely neglected my blog through the holidays.
One holiday project I am especially proud of is this counted cross stitch I did for my in-laws. They plant a tomato garden every year and for some crazy reason there is a history of pretending their last name is McKracken to avoid telemarketers…so every year their tomato garden is “McKracken Farm”. I did alot of manipulating to the chart to put the name in…it did say “Garden Seeds” below “Tomatoes”. It also originally said 5c, but after I was done, my husband said “oh no you should’ve made it 8c!” My mother-in-law’s favorite number is 8 and so I took out the 5 and made it 8. Then I quilted it into a little wall-hanging because I didn’t have any kind of frame available.
Next I will share a project that I have been working on forever! I have had a hard time this holiday season focusing on my knitting (you probably could tell from the lack of knitting projects I’ve shared – I normally crank them out pretty quickly). This is Tiziana Sammuri’s Angus’ Dream shawl (through the bottom half of Chart B) I am working in some silvery gray 50/50 Cashmere/Silk blend recycled laceweight yarn. I am working very hard to finish this shawl so that I can start a new Mystery Knit-a-long hosted by Tiziana. If you haven’t done a mystery knit-a-long, you should! They are great fun and Tiziana is an especially wonderful host and designer.
Lastly I would like to share the most exciting present that Santa brought my son – lots of fun and big kid 8-year old responsibility.
Check out this awesome version of Sarah London‘s Wool Eater pattern (made by Bearpawandbearpaw)! I shared my liking for this pattern earlier and I must say I really love some of the examples I have come across. I am not quite done with the initial setup of my first attempt, but be on the lookout for some pics of my project soon! It’s a little tricky at first, but seems like it gets addicting.
Haven’t gotten enough of this cool pattern yet? Check out the flickr group.