Pat's Knitting and Quilting
December 28 , 2007
I'm moving along S-L-O-W-L-Y on Irtfa'a - here she is today in her unstretched state after completion of the shoulder drop section. It will be awhile...... but I sure am enjoying the process on this one!
Happy New Year!
December 19, 2007
On Saturday morning, I was perusing my bloglines feeds and stopped in my tracks when I got to Kirsten's blog - Through the Loops - always a source of inspiration for me! She had JUST generously made her pattern for Thorpe available to all of us as a wonderful holiday gift. I had been looking for the perfect plain basic earflap hat for Dave and this was it! I immediately cast on and finished it that night, adding the edging and braid Sunday morning at breakfast.
I used leftover (from these mittens) Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere (tripled) for the edging and braid and used every inch of it up - I feel so virtuous - not one tiny bit left over!
Cam's latest creation!
With family arriving in 2 days and a list of things I need to do that goes on and on (and somehow doesn't include blogging or knitting), I'm guessing I won't be back until after Christmas .....so have a merry one!
December 9, 2007
AKA November Mystery Socks...
and remember that little pile of yarn cakes?
I'll provide the all details next time (because I'm in a huge hurry this morning) ... Oh, I guess I could take a minute to at least find the link to these beautiful Bosnian Mittens.
December 3 , 2007
The yarn flew quickly - ordered 11/27 ....at my door 11/30! It is exactly what I wanted!
I pulled out the directions...all 13 pages....and started reading them. I quickly realized that I might be in over my head AND that this was not going to be a quick project! The more I read, the more confused I got, so I did what I always do...I just STARTED! Usually it all begins to make sense when the yarn is on the needles and it was no different with Irtfa'a! Take it one baby step at a time ....
I must say that this is one of the most well written patterns of any that I have ever used. Anne gives both charts and clearly written step by step directions. At first I needed to refer to BOTH, but now it is all clear and I'm on my way....SLOWLY....This shawl will not be knit quickly. It is a mindful pattern that requires my complete attention and I don't have a lot of that kind of time (but every time I get some - I'll be working on this shawl! )
On another note....Happy 23rd Birthday to my daughter, Kate! (Her birthday is today, but we celebrated last night due to everyone's schedules) She got to pick out anything she wanted from the "gift knitting" bin....as you can see, she chose the Bird Foot Socks. Our feet are the exact same size which makes it easy!