Monday, May 30, 2011

Knitting is good for the brain and the soul. Good news, knitters -- knitting is supposed to delay dementia.  See the full article hereI knit so much that I should never be forgetful.  Now, if I can only remember where I put those Addis.

Finished my shawl on the left -- it is the Unwind Wrap by Kaffe Fassett from the Rowan Magazine 49.  Made out of Rowan Summer Tweed and Rowan Kidsilk Haze -- an easy knit, just knit one or two rows of one color and then change to the next.  Made with self-fringing yarn, I never purled on the wrong side.  Easy and elegant!

Lots of finished projects.  Judy came in with her Gwendolyn from Twist Collective Fall 2010.  She hasn't earned the nickname Cable Judy for nothing!  The sweater is made out of Cascade 220.

Rachel finished here Sackets Harbor Pullover from Knitscene Summer 2011 The Hannah Fettig pattern uses laceweight yarn.  Rachel chose Malabrigo Laceweight and knit it on Size 0 needles.  She modified the pattern with great results -- put in her own lace edging.  It's really beautiful!

 If you are looking for inspiration, look no further.  I think I could knit every pattern in this book.
Diane wove this gorgeous scarf from Blue Heron Yarns' Rayon Metallic.
Laurie finished her Midnight Sun Tam made out of Jamieson's Spindrift.  Great colors!

Pam knit this cute felted bag -- it's a pattern from Ravelry

Pam also knit this shawl --- the Friendship Shawl from Ravelry

Pam also made The Swan Shawl from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, knit out of Lana Grossa Chiara (although I'm sure it was more than one skein!)
Jane finished her Picot Edge Baby Blanket, a Churchmouse Yarns and Tea pattern, made out of Malabrigo Rios. Love that pattern -- so easy and it looks so elegant in this beautiful, machine-washable yarn.
The gals (and guy) are moving along in the Gansey KAL.  Everyone has made a different sweater.  The possiblities are endless.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

 The Green Sweater Redux.  You may recall our Green Sweater KAL.  Gary made the most beautiful Green Sweater out of Woolbearers' Ringspun.  The pattern called for steeking, which everyone did do.  Gary used the crocheted steeking method after a few experiments with other steeking methods and really liked the results.  However,  he wasn't satisfied with just that.  He decided to redo the pattern and reknit the sweater without any steeks.  Here is his version knit in Cascade 220.  His mom liked it so much that she wants one now.  So, he is in the process of knitting a third Green Sweater and we'll show you the results as soon as he's finished.

Here are some other projects that have been completed!  Marinel's Harlequin Vest (pattern from Knit One, Crochet Too)  knit in Crystal Palace's Mochi Plus.  Just love how the colors glow.

 Speaking of color -- Marcia finsihed her Celebrate Tunic from Knitters Magazine Fall 2010.  It is made out of Cascade 220.

 Katie finished her Meandering Vines Shawl out of Woolbearers' Merino/Bamboo Sock yarn.


 Lydia made this pari of socks, but can't remember the pattern, and wants to make them again. She thinks it may be an Interweave pattern. If anyone can help, please let us know.  Thanks!

I have been busy dyeing.  Here is a new selection of Mohair Glitz and a new yarn called "Cotton Shine".  It's a Cotton/Rayon mix and really does shine.  I knit up a "Saroyan" scarf and love the results.

Deb crocheted a cute sweater for her granddaughter's Easter outfit out of Amy Butler's Belle Organic yarn.

 New Interweave Knits for Summer.  See my Facebook page for more inspiration from this issue
 Also, from Interweave is special issue called "Knit & Spin". Lots of great ideas in this issue.
The new Piecework issue is all about Lace

Speaking of lace --- Fran completed the shawl she knit for her daughter's upcoming nuptials.  It is made out of Tilli Tomas' beaded lace and is absolutely gorgeous.   You would never believe that Fran has only been knitting for 2 years.

If you need a little sparkle in your life -- here is "Little Stars" from Southwest Trading.   A sockweight blend of Merino and nylon and  a little bit of glitz.   What fun.