Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Baby Sweaters

Ruth asked for some baby sweater pattern suggestions. I know a few of you would be interested in some easy ones. These are my top three favorite easy sweaters. They are plain but could be embellished with a fancier edging or embroidery around the edge.

I, of course, prefer the raglan style because I hate sewing in sleeves. I like to knit, not sew! =)

I hope this helps! Happy Knitting!



5 Hour Baby Sweater:



Top Down Raglan Baby Sweater:



Placket Baby Sweater:



Monday, July 28, 2008

Flat Feet


I saw Flat Feet by Conjoined Creations earlier in the year online and couldn't wait to try it. At last we have it in at the Shop (it was back ordered for a while because it was so popular).

The Shop sold out of Flat Feet the week it came it. It is wonderful stuff. The yarn reminds me of Koigu. The colors are amazing -- each flat is different. You will never have a pair of socks or garment that matches your friend.

So what is it? Well, Flat Feet is sock yarn knitted into two flats and then hand painted. They paint them in so many different ways none of them are alike.

How does it work? You start at one end and begin to unravel the flat as you knit your sock or garment. When you stop and put the article back in your knitting bag, you just roll it up. It's wonderful.


When I purchased my flat I thought, "Of course I'm going to make socks with it." But as I have looked at it at home and felt it and just gazed at it, I'm not so sure. The camera does not do it justice. It's a very interesting color and texture. I still haven't decided what to make with it. The possibilities are endless!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dying to Knitting

I have been knitting this basic striped cardigan in my Design I class. It has been fun to make a striped sweater. You find yourself saying, "Oh, I'll just knit one more stripe. Okay, maybe two." Before you know it the sweater is zipping along.


I love the clean crisp lines of the stripes in a top-down sweater. It is so easy to knit a striped sweater when you are knitting from the top down. You never have to worry about the stripes not matching!


So I was zipping along on my cardigan when, "Opps." I ran out of wool. I had dyed my own yarn for this project so.... out came the crock pots and in went the wool.

Above is the pink/brown and below is the brown variegated I have been using.



Drying your yarn in trees is absolutely the best invention ever. The breeze dries the yarn quickly but the shade protects the skeins from sunburn or bleaching. It's wonderful!

Happy Knitting!

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Bit of Spinning

I love orange. Especially a nice pumpkin orange. I have had my eye on this fiber for a while now. Last week I finally purchased it and played with it. It is a lovely blend of Alpaca & Wool. It is pumpkin with streaks of chocolate.

I spun it up into a 2 ply worsted weight. I think I have around 350 to 400 yards in those two skeins. I think I need another braid (8 oz) and then I'll be in the ball park for a small shrug or lace sweater.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Clara Dress


You know how there are some times when you just have to have something? You see it and you just have to have it?
When I saw the Soakwash ad at the TNNA I knew I HAD to have the pattern for the Clara Dress. Isn't it beautiful?
It is for a baby but that doesn't matter. I can't wait to knit it. Today I finally tracked down the distributor and gave them a call. Thank goodness, they sell to individuals as well as stores. I was so happy.
After a nice little chat with the man on the other end of the phone I ordered my Clara Dress. I guess they don't carry yellow yarn. That was a PhotoShop color! Ha! So, I ordered a light celery green.
I can't wait for my package to arrive. And no, this little dress is not going to be a baby gift to someone. I'm a bit selfish. It is going in my "hope chest." You can have a hope chest for babies too, can't you?
Happy Knitting!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Birthday Cake Cowl

I finished my whimsical cowl on Saturday. It was so much fun to knit that I can't wait to cast on another.

Heather's name for the cowl stuck and I am calling it the, "Birthday Cake Cowl."


I made this cowl out of 1 ball of Diakeito Durfuran #205. It is sooooo soft and lovely to work with. The ball or the finished cowl is easy to mistake as a soft fluffy kitten when you reach down in your knitting bag.


If you have never knit with Diakeito Durfuran you have to do so at least once in your life time. It is quite the pleasure.

And yes, the pattern should be available at the shop this week. It is being sent to the printers today!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Clearance Sale Stash

Here is the rest of my lovely finds from Molli's Clearance Stash. This is a lovely Jo Sharp Extra Longhair Fibre. I have never seen Jo Sharp yarn like this. I think it is a discontinued yarn.



However, it has a wonderful shein and feel to it. I am looking forward to making a sweater with it -- I already have it all planned out -- in my head, that is.



Happy Knitting!

Icelandic Wool

Have you ever knitted with Icelandic wool? It is quite the experience. Elizabeth Zimmerman and her daughter Meg Swanson have several patterns that feature this warm fiber.

What is it exactly? Well, Icelandic wool is the long fibers from Icelandic sheep. The fiber is not spun. Instead is it carded into very thin roving. The roving is then put into skeins that are called "bobbins."

If you use it single stranded it equals a DK weight. If you use it doubled it equals a nice worsted weight. It also blooms really well.

I am knitting a rectangular lace shawl for myself. I am using it doubled and love it!

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Clearance Sale

Yesterday I arrived at Stitches & Scones and found the shop a buzz with Molli's stash. She's cleaning it out and sending it to clearance! Yes! We get to buy it.


There are some unusual yarns from Japan, New Zealand, Australia etc. There are even some rare discontinued yarns. I picked up some light purple Jo Sharp Long Fibre (not pictured here) and two balls of a Japanese yarn that eventually became Diakeito (I think).


I fell in love with the ribbons of color dancing through this yarn. I am in the process of making a cowl out of each skein. Since I am chronically cold, I thought these cowls might help out a bit -- if you keep your neck warm you often feel warmer all over.


I will show you the end result when it's done. In the meantime, head over to Stitches & Scones and see what you can find -- there are some beautiful things in the clearance section now!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Summer Dying

Saturday I did some more dying. It can be very addictive.





These skeins were dipped dyed and then handpainted with teal.






The results remind me of the ocean and green beans! It's a funny combination but I love the colors together!

Trader's Point Creamery

Trader's Point Creamery is an organic dairy farm close to our house. There is a wonderful dairy bar on the farm where you can get ice cream so rich you can feel the buttery cream on your lips as you eat it.
There is something about summer and the need to get out on a farm. If you haven't done so recently, go for an outing to your local farm.


I found the afternoon to be very rewarding and peaceful. And yes, I did end the afternoon with some yummy ice cream!



Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Big Sista's Review

Yesterday, my older sister, Heather, went with a friend to visit Noblesville and Westfield. I told Heather she had to visit Stitches & Scones (the yarn shop I work at on Wednesdays and Thursdays).

All day I had been anxious to hear how her adventure went. Well, to be honest, I was anxious to see if she liked "the little yarn shop, the place I adore & my favorite hangout." I felt like a little kid again waiting for her approval. Yeah -- you would think I would have grown up by now. But I suppose some dynamics of sisterhood never change.

Well here is her post - you have to check it out! I think she approved! I'm so happy! Hooray!

Cowls

My sister in law is headed over to Lithuania next month to spend a semester abroad. The school officials have warned her to bring warm clothing -- very warm clothing.


In light of the fact that she will spend her birthday over there by herself I am busy trying to knit an early birthday present for her. (I don't think she reads my blog so I think it is safe to post. And yeah, I wish I could stowaway in her bag just to go yarn shopping over there.)

The first item is this cowl from Knit On the Net, Issue 4. I did modify the cowl pattern a little. They have you knit in the round for three rows of the horseshoe pattern, and knit the front of the cowl longer than the back. I thought that looked a little odd so I just continued on the ribbed lace all the way around. I like the results.


I will be making her the matching hat in the cowl pattern as well as coming up with some matching fingerless gloves! I'll have to post pictures of those when I finish them.

The cowl pattern was a definite do-again pattern. I think many of my "one-skein wonders" will be turned into cowls this fall. They are quick, easy, a must for a cold person like me! Besides, Tonia said they are in this year!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Plying

I have been working on some plying I am doing for Dunn Meadow Farms. They had some beautiful commercially spun Llama/Wool fingering weight yarn that they wanted plied into a DK weight tweed.
There is a lot of it!
The result reminds me of a sweet little chickadee. I think it should be called "Chickadee Tweed."

Today's skeins hanging up to dry in my sun room.


Align Center

Isn't it pretty?