Monday, May 10, 2010

Finally got in Manos' newest yarn -- Serena.  It's an alpaca cotton blend and is so soft and yummy I could hardly believe it. Gauge is 22-26 stitches/4 inches on a size 4-5 US needle.  Lots of folks are knitting shawls with this delicious yarn. I have to find the perfect project.  Any ideas?

Beth has an almost four-year-old and needed to make this cute little froggy backpack for him.  It's always filled with trucks and just about anything with wheels. The pattern is from Interweave Knits, Holidy Gifts 2009.  Beth used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted.

I was inspired to make another Baby Surprise Jacket out of the new Zauberball Starke 6.  There was lots of yarn leftover so I made another pair of Saartje's booties and a hat, which I'll show in the next blog.

I do actually finish some projects -- ok, I know this is just a baby dress and took about 250 yards, but I did finish it -- it's Jil Eaton's Pinafore Dress and is made out of her latest yarn -- Cottontail -- 100% worsted weight cotton.  Isn't it cute?

Gwen decided to make the Andrea Shawl (pattern from Through the Loops) out of Woolbearers' Hand Dyed Raw Silk.  She did a fabulous job, as always.

Can you believe this is Fran's first sweater?  She was inspired to knit a RED sweater, because she couldn't find her favorite one and needed a RED sweater.  So we found some RED yarn -- Plymouth's Mulberry Merino and a pattern from Classic Elite ---- it was originally in the Luxe Pattern Book, but you can also find it in the book Classic Elite Knits. Even though Fran had never knit a sweater before, she figured out how to size the sweater up -- there was lots of shaping involved as well -- I give Fran a lot of credit for being so brave. She did an outstanding job with this sweater and the best part is -- it fits perfectly!

Jane made another baby blanket from the Oat Couture pattern "Prairie Blanket".  This one is made out of Woolbearers' hand dyed Wool Boucle.  The blanket will be given to the new mom this week at a surprise baby shower. Hope she doesn't see the blog until after. 

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