I’m happy to share with you another yummy colorwork project … my second Sleeping Beauty Cowl. This project took me approximately 1 day to finish :-) I have fallen completely in love with the designs in Anne Podlesak’s book “Legendary Knits.“ If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please do. It is a real treat!
My second Sleeping Beauty is knit in a delightful pairing of yarns … The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in “Peacock” and Shibui Knits Cima in “Ashes.” Since the Shibui Knits yarn is a lace weight, it was held double throughout. The yarns have yielded a cowl with incredible hand and drape as well as luscious softness and fantastic color. Nom, nom, nom!
What have you been working on this week? Do you have a certain pattern or project that you simply can’t get enough of? Do share!
I’m starting to get my crafty groove back after this weekend’s craziness. I guess sometimes you just need a “do nothing” day to reset and recharge. A fresh mind is a wonderful thing!
My most recent project is another Sleeping Beauty Cowl which has been a requested by a friend. You all know how much I adore colorwork, so I jumped to the task. This cowl is knit in only two colors, as opposed to the eight that the pattern calls for, and I think that it is simply charming! The main color that I’ve chosen, The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in Peacock, is a really fantastic tussah silk/merino blend and I paired it off with Shibui Knits Cima in “Ash” which is a buttery soft blend of baby alpaca and merino. These yarns are both a treat for the fingertips!
I started knitting yesterday and simply couldn’t put the project down. I’m only about 10 rows shy of finishing!
So what are you working on, on this sunny Wednesday? Do share!
With the weather cooling off here and just a tinge of color appearing on leaves, thoughts turn to warm wooly things and cozy sweaters.
A friend had asked if I would be interested in knitting an Aran sweater for her son and I jumped at the chance. I love knitting cables had the prefect pattern in mind. Ever since I received a copy of Jane Austen Knits 2011, I have been itching to knit An Aran For Frederick by Kathleen Dames . The meandering and twisty cables in the center panel, the shape and style of the sweater, and all that wonderful texture … makes for a dreamy pattern! I’ve got a few inches done and am loving the way that it looks. It is going to be such a wonderfully cozy sweater!
What have you been working on lately? Started knitting a pattern that you’ve been dreaming about for a while? I’d love to hear!
Today’s WIP Wednesday post is extra thrilling for me. I’m going to do something super scary and completely new to me …. I’m finally taking the leap. This is the week that I take scissors to my knitting for my first ever steeks. Yay!
I’ve wanted to try steeking something for several years now and have just been too terrified to give it a go. Each year in January I say to myself, “I’ll do it this year … This is the year of the Steek for me!” and then I chicken out. Well, not this time! After knitting the Mushroom Hat and receiving some kind words of encouragement from Adrian I’m finally ready to give it a try.
Last night, after I put the kiddos to bed, I searched through my stash of bits and bobs of handspun and found a happy mix of colors to cast on the Mushroom Pulse Warmers. I am flying right through that knitting … I’ll be finished this afternoon and will wash and block tonight … and am eagerly anticipating the steeking process. Keep your fingers crossed, I’m hoping that I get they dry by tomorrow! lol
Knitting in the garden
Honeysuckle, roses, irises, and birch trees … you can almost see our house hidden behind all the wonderful greenery.
This is what my Saturday looks like this week. I had planned on cutting the grass but Kirby said that if I wait until tomorrow, we’ll do it together so I guess I get to enjoy this gorgeous afternoon by doing a little knitting in the garden. Pictured above are a few of the lovely flowers growing around me. The smell is divine and I am serenaded by bird song.
This is our little slice of heaven
I had planned on doing a WIP Wednesday post on this hat but I enjoyed knitting it so much that it was finished by Tuesday night. Talk about red-hot-needles on Tuesday huh? lol
The pattern for this hat was adapted from Natalia Moreva’s Ukrainian Roses mitten pattern. It was one of those patterns that I just knew I HAD to knit as soon as I saw it.
I cast on with 3.5mm needles and DK weight merino and merino/samoyed blend yarns and worked 1″ of corrugated ribbing and then started the colorwork. The Ukrainian Roses chart for the back of the hand, repeats 4 time per round to make the hat.
This was an incredibly fun pattern to knit from. I loved watching as the rose gradually appeared as I knit. I am looking forward to eventually knitting the mittens as well.
Happy Friday All!
Look-ee what arrived in the mail today!
I had been scouting round for a second hand copy of Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns for a while now and was super excited to find one on Ebay. When it arrived today, I couldn’t wait to start flipping through the pages. There are just so many interesting stitches and techniques that I want to try from this book! From the quick glance I took through it, I’ve got some fun ideas brewing already. I know for certain that I am going to get a ton of use out of this book and you can bet that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the other treasuries as well.
Do you have certain books or stitch dictionaries that inspire you? Do tell!
I was browsing through Ravelry recently and came across Little Owls Blanket Charts by huizeStinesen and fell in love. The owls are just so cute! I would love to knit the blanket eventually but knew that I definitely wanted to knit the little owls into a fun, instant gratification project now. So I started planning for a hat. Using my trusty 4.5mm needles and some worsted weight yarn, I whipped up a little owls hat in no time flat. This baby is my second and I’m hooked!
So what are you working on at the moment? I’d love to hear all about it!
I’ve been working on a new pattern and have decided to give you a little sneak peek of what is going on. I’m being extra tricky too, because you can only see a teensy little piece but I will give you a few hints:
- it is a shawl
- some garter stitch love is involved
- geometric lace
- it is modular
That, and I’m knitting it is Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze … one of my favorite yarns. I always feel incredibly spoiled when I get to play with this particular yarn.
So that is all I’m going to share about this project for the moment, but do check back as I plan to post more spoiled pics as I go along.
Happy WIP Wednesday everyone!
Well, it is official … I’m hooked on Stephen West’s designs. I just can’t seem to get enough of them! Enter Barndom …
I started on a handspun version of this shawl (because if there is anything more fun than knitting one of Stephen’s designs, it is knitting it in handspun!) but I just couldn’t get the yarns I had chosen to play nicely together. After trying multiple times to get a stashed handspun yarn to go with the handspun I had chosen for my main color, I said “To Heck With It!!!” and grabbed some really lovely Belfast Mini Mills Specialty sock and cast on with that instead. I’m super happy with how it is progressing so far and it is knitting up really quickly. I started knitting this yesterday
So what crafting do you have on the go now? Are you in Holiday Crafting Crisis mode or are you kicking back and having some fun? Me? I’m having FUN!