Friday, September 07, 2007

Stole from Victorian Lace Today

Here is the pattern at the end of the stole. I made it wider and longer than the pattern.
I have never done a drop stitch pattern before and I really enjoyed it. This is knitpicks Gossamer yarn and size 4.0mm needle.

Secret of the Stole

Here are my two swatches for the mystery stole that is starting October 4.
This one is zepher single standed.
This one is zepher douple stranded. I might do it double to get a bit more width to my stole. I will aslo be going into the city on Saturday to look for beads.

Fall colours

This is the only yarn I have in my stash that is the right weight for the next mystery shawl. The theme for the shawl is "fall". I do not think this is a very "fall" colour. It is the colour "root" from Peace Fleece. So.....
I started experimenting by combining different lace weight yarns I have.
This is two strands of brown alpaca and one strand of Zepher Copper.

This is one strand of brown alpaca and one strand of Zepher copper and one strand of Zepher Curry.
This is two strands of Zepher Copper and one strand of Zepher Curry.

The softest ofthese is the three strands of Zepher and as you add more alpaca it gets rougher. These were all knit on a size 5.5mm needle.

The mystery shawl starts on September 15 so I have to decide soon.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Whirlygig soscks

I dyed the yarn myself and I really like that there is a bit of variation in shading.

I find that the cables in the middle tend to pull in too much for my liking. It makes the sock hard to get up over the heel.

Here is a close up of the design.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Modeling Mystery Stole

Here is my darling daighter modeling the new stole for me. not sure if this is how you wear it or not but I think it is close.

Mystery stole blocking

Here is my finished mystery stole on the blocking pads.
I did use beads and they look great on the stole, you just can't see tehm in the photos.
I used two different coloured beads. One colour (darker than the yarn) along the edges and then a shinny same-colour-as-yarn bead for the inside areas of the yarn.
I really enjoyed putting beads into my knitting. I have never done that before but I will do it again. I put them on using a crochet hook and found it really easy to do.

I like both ends of the stole but I'm not sure I like them together.
I really like the pattern fro the wing and will probably use it again.
I also like the triangular end.

Thnaks to melanie at Pinklemonknits for another interesting mystery knit along.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Mystery Shawl 4

Here is my hand dyed yarn for myster shawl 4.
I dyed it red but wanted some varience in colour. I really like the way it turned out. Some of it is pink some red and some has a bit of purple in it.(Probably from the blue I dyed the day before in the same pan)

Now I am just waiting for the first clue to come out. I have decided to start with the lightest skein and work my way out to the darkest.

Socks for my Mom

Here are some socks I knit for my mom. It is a k2p2 ribbing. I knit them and then dyed them. I have never done this before, I usually dye the yarn first. I loved how they turned out. I know it is not how they were "supposed" to turn out but I like them better this way. I know my mom will love them.

Yarn For 2 new shawls

I was having fun trying out some dyes I have. I am ready to start two new shawls. Another mystery shawl and the Icelandic Lace shawl. Who says you can knit too many shawls? And is there any rule that says how many shawls you are allowed on the needles at one time. (Assuming you have an endless supply of needles.)
The red yarn was dyed using "Cherry Red". Now that it is out of the water and almost dry it looks almost more pinkish than red. I also wanted some variation in colour and I got it. One skein even looks like it has a bit of purple in it. I am excited about knitting with it to see how it knits up.
I am also wondering how the diffent colours for the Icelandic shawl will go together. The pattern is pretty stripy.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Baby Items

Here are some items I knit for a new baby in our church.

The bib is not bigger than the sweater, just a closer photo.
The blanket was knit fron the circle out and I just swithced colours whenever I felt like it. It is not as crooked as it looks in the photo either. I am not great at photography.

These items are all knit in cotton but each one was a different kind of cotton and they all feel really different. All are machine washable, which is important with a baby.

Mystery Shawl

Here is another mystery shawl finished and blocked. It is knit with Main Line 2/8 fingering weight yarn in a beautiful purple colour.
As Always, I really enjoyed this mystery.
Thanks Renee.... keep them coming. I am hooked.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fingerless Gloves

Here is a pair of fingerless gloves (not mitts) that I made for my eldest daughter. I used a mock cable pattern for them.

Mystery Shawl # ???

Here are some photos of a previous mystery shawl. I finally got around to blocking it and getting some photos. It is Knitpicks fingering weight yarn that I dyed myself.

The verigation hides some of the pattern but it also gives it a different dimension.

Here is a close up of some of the patterning.
It turned out to be quite a large shawl. This is good as I also am quite large.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Crocheted Beach bag

Here is a beach bag I whipped up. It is crocheted using Handcrafter cotton yarn. It used up all of one large ball. It is great for all our towels or beach toys. It is my own design and has a drawstring at the top.
I'm on a roll. Another pair of socks for me. This yarn is very soft. It is Austermann Step with Aloe vera and Jojoba oil. My secret pal from last year gave it to me and I am finally using it.

This is a close up of the pattern. It is a lacy mock cable design. Really a very simple pattern. These were knit from the toe up and have a short row heel and toe.

Socks for summer

I finally decided to knit some socks for myself. These are toe up socks with a knit 2, purl 2 leg. They have a shortrow heel and toe. Very simple to make.

Bag started

Here is a photo of my tote exchange bag partly finished. It is my own design and I make it up as I go along so it is truly a unique bag. I hope my partner likes it.

Finished Tote

Here is my finished bag for the international tote exchange. Some lucky person is going to get this bag. Now all I have to do is fill it with all sorts of goodies. Hmmm....what should I include?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Folk shawls

Here is the Spanish christening shawl from the book "Folk Shawls". I dyed the yarn myself. It is dye your own from Knitpicks.
In this photo it looks like there are dark spots but there are not.
Here is a close up of the corner. I hope the puckering goes away with blocking.

Here is a close up of the pattern. It was an easy knit.

Mystery shawl finished

Well, I finished the shawl but have not blocked it yet. I hope the rollong will be taken care of with blocking.
This is a dark photo because it has been raining for about a week now.
If not, then I will have to figure something else out.

Chemo haircut!

Here is my haircut to support my baby sister as she goes through chemo. We thought that I should dye the breast cancer ribbon into the back of my hair. Or, maybe shave it in.

Here's looking at you, kid. I will support you in any way I can.

Victorian lace today

Here is my first finished project from the book Victorian Lace today. It is the Spider's-web shawl. I used kidsilk haze and increased the repeats till I ran out of yarn. I did the 1/2 hexagon version. I love the shape of it.

I added beads to the bottom of it because it was so light. I thought they would help keep the bottom down.I have not yet blocked it so it is going to be large.

Here is a close up of the pattern. You can see the transition from one pattern to another.Now onto my next project.

Sweater finished

Here is a sweater I made for my Dear husband. It is a pattern from Cabin fever. I used Peruvian wool from and Country mohair from Fleece artist. Wow! These are all companies in CANADA. I love being patriotic. It has not been blocked yet, as you can tell from the photos. It was a fun easy knit.