I have just published two new patterns on Ravelry! They use the delicious Mountaintop Vail by Classic Elite. The yarn is so wonderfully soft, you'll want to wear them all the time! These two projects compliment each other with similar details like the rolled hem.
The inspiration came from the yarn itself and the special limited edition, hand dyed version by Gail Callahan, the Kangaroo Dyer. These will only be available through Unwind Yarn's Road Trip Club. Some lucky folks may have seen this and possibly purchased some at the Squam Retreat this past spring. Lucky dogs!
I love how this yarn looks in plain stockinette. The stitch definition is fabulous and I decided to use stripes for the long gloves. Not just any stripes, but Fibonacci stripes. They add a fun modern look. The gloves are soooo soft because Vail is 70% baby alpaca and 30% bamboo viscose. They will keep your arms warm for sure, but you'll be stylin' at the same time!
Again, for the hat, I decided to use stockinette. It starts from the bottom up, utilizing the natural curl of stockinette stitch for a quick, easy project. I used a centered double decrease so that the top would come together like a star. The "butterfly" embellishment at the front adds a cute detail to an otherwise plain hat. I was surprised that the pink yarn striped in the round, very subtly.
The hat was inspired by Dom from Project Runway Season 12. She wore a similar hat in some of the episodes, sometimes with a brooch pinned to it. One of the challenges used butterflies as the inspiration, and this hat is a nod to her and her fabulous creations.
Dom's Avant-Garde Butterfly
Way off. I finished Rex's Sweater several months ago and happily sewed the pieces together. It was supposed to be a Christmas present for 2012. Not even close. Then I thought it could be a Valentine's day present. Nope. Anniversary? March 21, I could handle that. I think I finished it about a week early. Then when I held it up I noticed.... The collar opening is off center. Way off center. By my measurements, 1 inch to the left. EEESSHHH!
Maybe you can't really see it in this picture. It looks like I shot it at an angle, but I assure you I didn't. Here's another one.
See? Way off.
I put it aside since summer was coming and there was no way I could frog and reknit in time. This brioche stitch on size 4 needles in this yarn is hard on the hands. It takes approx 2.5 rows to equal 1 row of stockinette. So, no.
Now his birthday is coming. He's in Amsterdam, so I've got some time. But have I been working on it? No... I'm making socks for my sock class, a shawl that I decided on months ago, fingerless gloves for a pattern I'm writing. In other words, I've been avoiding it. But now it's time to face the music. I've got approximately 11 days to get this redone. If I don't though, it is still very hot, so I won't be too disappointed. Christmas is not far off...
And so I'm off... to unstitch and frog. Ribbit!
I finally finished my Chevron T. I think it looks beautiful! I first saw this design at my LYS, Unwind. It looks great on just about every figure, and I knew I wanted to knit it as soon as I saw it. The design is fun and flattering. I originally bought Sweet Georgia's Iridium to make it, but when I found DyeForYarn's Ground Sapphire, a couple of months later, I thought this pattern would look fantastic in it. It does!
Here's a really lousy photo along with Suzanne's Ripple Top that I made around the same time.
My latest project on the needles is a blanket adapted from the Color Block Bias Wrap by Suzanne Shaw.
I made the wrap in January and I love it! This yarn is so soft and huggable, just like kitty!. Well, not this kitty. She doesn't like to be hugged. But I digress.
I decided to make a blanket for my mom. It will be double the width of the wrap which is approximately 36" and 72" long. I think she will really like it. It should keep her warm all winter. I'm making it in the cafe late' colors. She likes beige and neutral colors.
Needles - US 13 Circular ('cuz I like circular)
Yarn - Chalet by Classic Elite Yarn
4 skeins each
Color - 7436
I'm sitting in the park listening to some great gypsy jazz a la D'Jango Reinhart. The John Jorgenson Quintet
is playing. He's an amazing guitar player.
We just heard about this free concert from our friend and decided to be spontaneous on a Sunday evening.
Last Thursday we saw Aubrey Logan at Descanso Gardens. She's an amazing vocalist. Check her out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/478450455570892/ and vote for her to win the Sarah Vaughn Competition!
A week ago we saw Bostix at our local amphitheater. It is a Boston / Stix tribute band. They were very good. We had fun picnicing with friends reminiscing about our high school days, because that's how old we are!
Next week, who knows?!
This morning I was thinking about how hard it is to start. I'm frustrated with needing to do things and wanting to just spend time designing. I'm fairly new at design work as you can see by the number of patterns currently available and how often I post them. But I want to! Things just conspire to get in the way. Maybe I get in my own way most of the time. Like trying to turn a lace pattern upside down instead of knitting the stupid project the other way around.
This afternoon I finally gave up on that and was working on some materials for a sock class I am teaching. My mom called and said she needed help. She fell and couldn't get up. I raced from Burbank to Santa Monica. I finally got her to realize that she needed to go to the hospital. Now we are in ER waiting.
It was only two months ago that we admitted my mother in law to the hospital. She fell in March and fractured her ankle. She had been in a rehab facility for 6 or 7 weeks to get her strength back. Instead, she got worse. She had cancer in her liver and her ammonia levels shot up causing mental confusion. The day we got her to the hospital she couldn't say more than yes and no. She only lasted two more weeks. We were able to have her come home on hospice and the family spent Mother's Day with her. She passed the next morning.
So right now I am pretty upset. I want to cry but there will be time for that later I suppose.
I shouldn't go on about my stupid knitting. There are much more important things right now.
All the time we were in the hospital with my Mother-In-Law I thought I should be documenting what was happening. Seems strange to start now. I just need to process. It feels like too much, but I know I can do this in His Strength! Philippians 4:13
Now I really have to post. I know it's been a while, but I'm a little proud today. One of my designs made it to the Classic Elite Newsletter from June 4, 2013. I should have posted then, but lots of personal stuff has been going on. More about that at another time.
Today I glanced at my email and Stephanie emailed a link from this website: http://knitting.craftgossip.com/a-sweet-cowl-for-summer/2013/06/18/. I'm so impressed! it caught her eye! Huh! Get yours now!
Stephanie had a great write up in her newsletter that week.
If you scroll down you'll see that I'm also teaching a sock class. I had the first one last week. We knitted a mini sock to get the idea of what a basic sock is and how to deal with all those DPNs! I gave them homework to knit down the leg of a top down sock. Next week we're working the heel flap and turning the heel. I'm going to have an example of 2 socks on 2 needles to show. Which ones should I do?