Greetings from a snow covered house with a really happy kid in it. Actually, he’s outside enjoying day two free from school. It was a lovely snow, light and fluffy and easy to clean up.
I just finished knitting a lovely cowl by Anne Hanson called Sculling Cowl and I did it in a week. That’s record time for me. As I sit and type it has had a bath and is upstairs in my guest room blocking. I hope to wear it to knit night tonight. I used our newest yarn, Yankee Posh, and boy was it just a pleasure. Yankee Posh is a lovely 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere and 10% Nylon base that is just so yummy. Once you feel it, you just have to have it. You know, yarn crack!!
So with that project coming to a quick end, I needed something else to knit pronto. I have become a pretty monogamous knitter of late, so I don’t have anything else on the needles. I have things planned, but they are big things like another sweater in fingering weight yarn and a shawl in lace and I really want something easy and mindless….enter the K I T.
I love having a couple of kits on hand for exactly this type of situation. I have a confession, I have four (4), so I have options!! A knitter always needs options. I am also in a major cowl phase and I am about to scratch an itch that I’ve been ignoring….Chevrons! They are back in a big way and my little cashmere cowl is going to be chevrons. What a happy accessory it will be!!
I also got some dying in and updated our shop. Take a look….
I hope you have a wonderful day. Tonight is knit night so you know I am happy!
See you soon,
Greetings! Sorry that I have neglected you but I was ill and then my mom was here visiting for a week and I lost track of you….so sorry.
I have been knitting on that fabulous Warwick shawl in my own yarn, finally. I used my lovely Yankee Stride and enjoyed knitting on this very much! Here is a sneak peek, unblocked…..
I love that this looks like a hot ass mess until it is blocked and that is where the magic happens.
Warwick Shawl by Irish Girlie Knits
It is by far, my favorite shawl. I did this the Anne Hanson way, no stitch markers and no life lines….I call it knitting on the edge. The pattern was clear and easy to follow and I would have been done in a week but I got a cold/virus thingy that had me down for about 10 days. I mean taking a shower was an “event” and then you changed into fresh jammies and had to rest…that kind of thing.
I actually did the bind off while my mom was here and used my kitchen table for the blocking. Was not the best space, but I was anxious for my mom to see the magic of blocking.
I also joined the Juego Mystery KAL on Ravelry with Laura Nelkin. This was an impulse thing after I finished the Warwick shawl and it requires 40 grams of beads. Yes, you read that right, 40 grams. I am going to have a shawl with BLING! This MKAL starts April 12…can’t wait.
I also acquired some Wollmeise Lace for a project that I will talk about in a future post…..
There have been so many changes since I last wrote, all wonderful and different. I feel lighter and happier than I have in months, so I know that the decisions I made were the right ones. More on this later.
I hope this post finds you all well and happily knitting away!
I would also love to know what you all are knitting on! Inquiring minds want to know.
Whew, what a crazy, sick week! It was a viral thingy that totally kicked my butt and that of my son. I was able to knit a bit however and lace at that and I haven’t used ANY stitch markers!! Whoot, whoot!!
When Anne Hanson was here, she said that sometimes stitch markers tend to get in the way and to try to get used to reading your knitting and not rely on the markers and so far with this lace shawl, all is well and there isn’t a stitch marker in sight. And I have been sick. I have even impressed myself. The shawl is really pretty and I picked on of my yarns and even the colorway is somewhat close to the one in the picture. I need to branch out a bit.
Look for an Etsy shop update later this week!
This week I am looking forward to things getting back to normal before my mom gets here on Saturday!
I will be back with some photo’s later this week as well!
Oh, I bet that got your attention! I also enjoy reading blogs that have pictures too! Sometime this isn’t always possible.
I told you I finished my Line Break and I kept forgetting to ask my friend Lynne for a quick photoshoot. She takes the most flatterning photo’s. So here we go…
It really was a fun knit.
Last blog post I had a case of pattern-itis. Well, now I suffering from wanting to cast-on everything in sight. I thought the better of this move.
I will definitely cast-on the Vitamin D sweater this week and possibly another shawl.
Yesterday I went on an outing with my friend which of course landed us somewhere near fiber and I added to my stash some glorious Road to China Light by The Fibre Company. Last weeks lace class with Anne Hanson was fun and informative because she works with some of the most sought after fibers and this was on my list to use with one of her beautiful patterns. What makes up this fiber you ask?? It starts off with 65% Baby Alpaca, then 10% Cashmere and 10% Camel and 15% silk…sounds awful, I know and it feels even worse, wink, wink. I am actually sitting here petting it.
So you see my dilemma right? So many great patterns and exciting yarns, but sadly, just not enough time. Unless I stopped cooking and cleaning and doing the laundry….what a lovely little fantasy I just had. I guess I just need to knit faster and better manage my time. I’ll let you know how that goes.
I finally finished the beautiful shawl Line Break. I did it in Madeline Tosh Light and I finished it in time for the nip in the air that is coming. I love the pattern and the yarn.
Today I spent a good chunk of time on Ravelry, buying, saving and fav’ing even more beautiful shawls. I am thinking of something with some beads. I did happen to pick up some beautiful beads while in Alexandria last weekend and I keep looking at them and they are speaking to me. My poor hubby was passing by and asked if this is what I was going to do today, my answer, yep, pretty much and I think I may need a nap. He understood the reason for my deep down tiredness and left me to myself.
I am also very smitten with a sweater. I know, I know…I always say, I’m not really a garment knitter, but I got to try this sweater on and it was love at first sight. My friends said it was a great choice and it looked really cute on me. The name of the pattern is Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier and can be found on Ravelry.
I am taking a lace class on Saturday with Anne Hanson at Crazy For Ewe and I was just talking with my friend Sue and she said something about “homework”. I said, I didn’t read anything about homework and then realized that I had forwarded the email to her without actually reading it!!! Why didn’t I read it you ask, well, when I got home yesterday from work, we had a house guest. He was 2 years old and we were in charge of him while his mom was in the hospital having his new baby sister. I forgot how active a 2 year old can be and how unsafe my entire home was, so no, I never went on the computer and if I hadn’t talked with Sue I would be quite embarrassed come Saturday.
This is what I was working on today! I love it!! This is Yarn Harlot bound!!!
So, now that I have confirmed that I do indeed have homework, I am off in search of the right needles and yarn…..! I think Yankee Pride will be perfect….needles are somewhere….I think looking in daylight is my best bet.
I am off to watch some mindless TV, as I have been dyeing all day with wonderful results!!
Happy Knitting and Sweet Dreams!