Pat's Knitting and Quilting
April 29, 2010
Meet Octavia and Whirlwind - 2 gorgeous Corriedale fleeces from Whitefish Bay Farm!
Thank you to Laurie and Manise for pointing me in the direction of Whitefish Bay, to Jody for nudging me into realizing I wanted to prepare these myself, and to Marcy, my ongoing partner in fiber love, who is the owner of half of this fleece.
A longer post next week, but I couldn't wait to at least put a picture up - I'm so excited!
April 26, 2010
My camera died on this trip (got sand in the lens mechanism), but I got a few pictures 1st.
A family shot - minus Matt (in AK) and Kate (home working).
At almost 12 and 14 they still love him!
Dave and I on the ferry.
The weather cooperated enough that we even got a few sunny warm beach days. (It's been a while since that pale skin has seen sunshine!)
I only knit about 2 rows on these socks - but had to get at least one knitting picture.
Of the three in-progress socks that I brought along, Hedera was the only pair that I managed to complete - I've never been much of a vacation knitter.
I have wanted to make a pair of green Hederas since the day the pattern came out in 2006 and I finally did it! A simple beautiful lace pattern knit with gorgeous hand-dyed Footnotes yarn in Batik (one of a kind) by Kimber Baldwin of Fiber Optic (purchased at Rhinebeck last year). I recently realized that Kimber also dyes fiber and am hoping to sneak into her fiber club when it reopens in May!
Pattern: Hedera by Cookie A.
I knit this lovely simple 4 row repeat lace pattern pattern exactly as written - no mods. Since I am probably the last person on the planet to knit these socks, there is really nothing more to add - -and I finally have my green Hederas :-)
Now off to buy a camera (as you can tell, I took the modeled Hedera pics with a craptastic camera.)
April 12, 2010
These handspun socks have been my take along project since January. I really like the simple but classic cuff - it gives them a special touch. As you can see, I opted for fraternal twins, maybe even cousins, on these socks. They have provided wonderful mindless car, doctor/dentist/orthodonist waiting room, school meeting knitting for the past few months!
As you can see, not too much more has happened in the past week on these 3 pair of socks.
We leave for Virginia on Thursday and I will take all 3 along for the ride!
April 5, 2010
I have a bit of a backlog and want to return to realtime blogging, so here you have it - I'll try to keep it brief, but you know how I am with pictures...
I keep meaning to show you the wonderful prize package I won in the Ravelry NaKniMitMo KAL. A beautiful mitten pattern (Mitaines and Moufles by Veronik Avery from The Twist Collective) along with the perfect yarn for knitting them! Not only that, but a beautiful, well constructed project bag handmade by splityarn which is just the perfect size for socks/mittens/hats. Thank you to Ruth and Carol who make this such an inspirational and fun KAL each January!
Next up is gorgeous 75% BFL 25%Silk Fiber beautifully hand dyed by Kristin from AllSpunUp. This is the April/May SAL fiber in Ice Cave (perfect name!) which I spun into 230 yards of worsted 3 ply yarn (110 grams) - also a teeny weeny skein of navajo ply. I'm thinking maybe a hat - probably won't start until the fall.
And the last catch up fiber is this beautiful Crown Mountain Farm Finn Top in Peace of Mind Coloway. I divided it into 3 horizontal pieces and divided each of those in half for 2 skeins of 3 ply sock yarn - 420 yards of fingering wt. yarn (105 grams). I started making Dave some socks from this yarn (in progress pic at the end of this post.)
OK - All caught up and back to realtime blogging...