Pat's Knitting and Quilting
August 19, 2012
Hadn't planned on a blog break, but it just happened - see you in September with a new sweater and some mittens :)
July 19, 2012
A little bit of incongruity
I started with this incredible African Violet Fiber Parfait from Blue Mountain Handcrafts - it included Romney, BL, and BFL fleece, a mini batt, handcombed wool blend, merino top, faux cashmere, bamboo, silk and firestar - what an awesome fiber package!
I separated the colors and made these soft shimmery semi smooth batts
Spun regular 3 ply worsted weight
There is LOTS of sparkle in this yarn - difficult to capture it with my camera.
Pattern: Herringbone Mittens a free Rav down load by Elli Stubenrauch
Such cool thumbs!
The only mod I made was to knit in a wonderful cashmere/silk lining
Love that gorgeous soft shiny coral surprise inside!
AND - finished my TdF sweater spinning
19.9 ounces (567 grams) 1091 yards of fat squishy beautiful 3 ply aran weight yarn.
July 7, 2012
As light as air - perfect little summer shawl!
I won this gorgeous braid of 50/50 merino/silk from Kristin of All Spun Up during the December 2011 SAL of "Lily Pond" - she dyed it in beautiful blues just for me - lucky lucky girl that I am!!!
Pattern: TTL Mystery Shawl 2012- another excellent pattern designed by Kirstin Kapur of Through the Loops
This is such a fun way to knit a shawl - I finished each clue before the next arrived - Kirsten divided and dispersed them perfectly. Without being able to see into the future, I never felt overwhelmed...just took it a little section at a time. I was a little worried that the subtle blue striping would disrupt the lace pattern, but I actually really like it - gives it a little extra beauty :)
I used the Estonian Lace bind off in Knitted Lace of Estonia with my yarn doubled - wonderful very stretchy bind off. Here is a close up of the pretty wavy edging.
Back to TdF spinning I go...