Monday, March 08, 2010

Fair Isle--I love doing colorwork and started a new group of folks on the technique last weekend.  It took a little while, but I got them started on doing two-handed fair isle, first practicing with worsted weight yarn and then we got back to the fingering weight Spindrift. They are all on their way. 

I showed Amy how to do two-handed fair isle and before you know it, she had her tam done.  Gail stopped by to show me a hat she was working on using fair isle. She was using one skein of Mini Mochi taking the yarn from both ends and getting what I thought were great results.  The pattern is a freebie from Crystal Palace. She was really unhappy about how slowly it was knitting up, so Amy showed her how to do fair isle using the two-handed method -- boy what difference

Donna finished this cute Cowl Neck Top for the Ravelympics. Pattern is from Vogue Winter 2009/10 and is made out of Cascade Lana Grande.  Did you get a gold medal for this?

Donna also decided to make the Cropped Vest designed by Lutz & Patmos in the current issue of Vogue Knitting.  The original vest is made out of S. Charles Collezione "Sari", a bulky 100% silk yarn. I didn't have the yarn on hand, so Donna decided to strand a few thinner yarns together.. She took one strand  of Plymouth Silk Shire, one strand of Dale of Norway's Svale and one strand of Cascade Heritage sock yarn.  I think the solid strand of the fingering weight yarn gave it just the right amount of "punch" for color.  Can't wait to see the finished product.

Will came by to sit and knit the other day and had to show off his beautiful Daybreak Shawl out of Malabrigo Twist.  I couldn't believe how soft it was.

Jennifer took our Rigid Heddle weaving class and wove this beautiful scarf out of Manos in no time.

I could not resist the Yggdrasil Afghan when I saw a picture of it in the new Interweave Knits Magazine.  It didn't help that when Brenda came into the store, she was talking excitedly about doing this too.  I have finished a lot of projects lately, so I gave myself permission to begin this blanket.  the pattern is free from Knitting Daily. The full size blanket takes close to 4000 yards, so I know this is going to be a project for at least a year to come, if not longer.   I love working on it.  I really love doing cables and the way the design comes out.  You can sort of see the tree of life -- I have about 10 more rows to go on this center part and can hardly put it down.  Anyone else working on it  --- I'd love to hear from you.  I am knitting this out of new yarn from Plymouth --- Worsted Merino Superwash.  Knits like buttah.  It reminds me of knitting with Karabella's Aurora 8 -- at a little more than half the price.  And it's superwash!

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