• 07Jan

    It has been a cold, dark, and icy winter so far, but I have been making knitting progress. It seems that the color theme for the month of December was blue: All of my FO’s are blue. Until I pulled out my camera to take pictures, I did not even realize there was a running color theme with my projects. Since I finally had enough light today to take some photos, I thought I would do a little show and tell.

    I’ll start with my favorite first: My December Shadows Shawl. It is a variation of the Sunshine and Shadows shawl from Knitting Lace Triangles. The yarn is (of course) Yarn Chef’s buttercream in Thunder Showers. Her colors are always spectacular! The geometric pattern and play of positive and negative space in this pattern, as well as the color, reminds me of the shadows tree branches make on the snow on a frosty winter afternoon. I thought this shawl would be the perfect wrap to pair with casual top and a pair of jeans. I like to wear my triangle shawls sideways, with the central seam running down one arm and a shawl pin securing the ends that are tossed over the opposite shoulder.

    I also completed two pairs of socks. The first was a basic pair of stockinette socks. They were boring to knit, but look quite nice finished. I like the subtle color transitions that this Trekking yarn provides.

    The other pair of socks was knitted from Cascade Heritage. I really like this yarn. It is a 70/25 merino/nylon blend and is very smooth to knit with. Though I liked the yarn, these socks were also boring to knit, and they took me 6 months from start to finish. This was not due to boredom, however. These socks were knit from the pattern I use when teaching my basic sock class, so I knit the first one as a visual aid for a class last spring and the second one was knit during the fall session. I am glad to finally have a finished pair, especially since this has been such a cold winter!

    Coming soon: I spent a lot of time making baked goodies over the holidays. I will be sharing my favorite family recipes and some new ones I discovered!

  • 06Nov

    Whew! In preparations for the holiday season, I have been a busy little sewing bee! I just finished restocking my shop, and there will be more updates coming soon. Here is a little preview…

  • 26Aug

    Whew! Marathon olympic knitting really wore me out! I am happy to say that I finished and blocked my project by the deadline, and earned two gold medals for my efforts. The first one is the medal you see on my sidebar from the Ravelympics. The second was from my favorite LYS: Knitty Couture. Thi, the owner of Knitty Couture, and some of her loyal customers worked tirelessly last week making up cute pincushions in gold, silver, and bronze, backed with an asian-inspired butterfly print.

    I had fun knitting the stole, but even up to the very end I was not confident that I would finish by the deadline. My LYS had thrown an additional challenge into the mix: In order to win gold, the item had to not only be finished, but blocked as well.

    I love the ruffled edge.

    And the delicate Swarovski crystals on the opposite edge.

    Pattern: Hanami Stole [ravelry]
    Yarn: Yarn Chef’s Buttercream in Peony, 880 yards
    Needles: Addi Turbo Lace, size 3
    Beads: Swarovski crystal 4 mm bicones in Padparadscha

  • 15Jul

    I enjoy knitting lace in the summer. When our midwestern temperatures climb and the humidity becomes unbearable, air conditioners blast frigid air to combat the heat. I find that lace shawls work very well for warding off the chill of overeager air conditioning in church, a restaurant, or the movie theater. I usually carry one in my handbag, ready for the chill. Over the weekend, my Laminaria shawl made an appearance at the movie theater, while during a previous weekend my Spring Things shawl made an appearance at church.

    Spring Things

    The Spring Things shawl was a very easy knit. It took me only two weeks to actually knit, but it was on my needles for three because I had to wait for the beads to arrive. And the beads…I love the beads. I love this color yellow, but I really do not wear it very well. Beads were the perfect solution! I did make modifications with regard to needle size and pattern repeats, which are detailed on Ravelry, along with more pictures.

    I enjoyed this project so much that I immediately cast on for another.

    Summer Things

  • 07Jul

    laminaria detail

    Although I have not posted much, I have been getting a lot of knitting done! From the moment I first saw this shawl, I just knew I had to knit it. I even had the perfect yarn already in my stash – a 50/50 blend of wool and silk in a lovely bottle green color. I finished up this shawl in May, but it took me a while to actually block and photograph it. It is quite a large shawl, even though I used a smaller needle than recommended. Details and more pictures can be found on Ravelry