Pat's Knitting and Quilting
March 27, 2010
This is, by far, my favorite sweater that I've ever knit - I'm sure the handspun has something to do with that, but even without that extra added attraction, I adore this cardigan - the fit is just perfect, the stitch patterns are simple- yet so attractive, the hood has already come in handy on a cold windy walk this morning and I forgot how beautifully set-in sleeves fit - no pulling, stretching, bunching. I love everything about it - Thank you Bonne Marie for your excellent, well written patterns.
hood front and back
and finally, a few close ups
This has been a thrilling adventure - 6 months ago, when I picked out a teeny braid of fiber at Rhinebeck and tried to spin it on a spindle, I never dreamed that I'd actually be spinning my own yarn for a sweater anytime in the remote future! Wahooooo :-)
March 22, 2010
My birthday gift to myself this year was a subscription to the Spirit Trail Fiberworks Handspinning Club. Jennifer beautifully hand dyes different luxury, exotic, and basic fibers which arrive on my doorstep each month - the gift that keeps on giving!
You can sort of see the silk shimmer in the pictures above (esp. if you click for bigger version), and below you can see soft luscious cashmere halo - definitely the softest fiber I have ever spun!
Making a shawl pattern choice is not easy with SO many options - I spent 2 days with all my lace books and I swear I looked at almost every shawl/wrap on Ravelry. Who knows if I'll ever wear it, but if I ever become a shawl wearing person (which will soon be a MUST since I love knitting shawls!) - I have a vision of wearing it with white.
Here is the beginning of Clothilde - a simple, but beautiful triangular lace shawl. I have more than enough yarn, so I can make it any size - My current plan is 4 repeats of Gull Wing Lace and 3 repeats of Spearhead Lace.
Cassidy is all in 1 piece - My favorite sweater ever! Finished pictures coming soon!
With this awful new comment system (that I haven't figured out how to change), I am often unable to respond to people who ask questions since I don't know how to get in touch with them (no way to put in email info and difficult to put in blog address). So I will occ. try to answer questions here.
marie-andree wrote: Hi! I'm a follower of your blog. I receive it by google reader but I don't see the pictures. I have to go to your blog. I've got over 80 blogs I'm following and your the only one I've get to go to the blog.
Marie - I know it is inconvenient and I'm really sorry! Let me try to explain....I manually create this fake blog. I don't use any blogging platform like Blogger, Wordpress, Moveable Type, Typepad etc. - I just create the web page myself and manually make archives/posts/galleries. In order for feed readers like Google Reader and Bloglines to find me, I publish my own feed and I have no idea how to put the whole post in a feed reader. I would love to switch over to regular blogging software or a blogging service, but I would now lose all 4 years of my blogging history. I know it is way behind the times and I'm truly sorry.
Elizabeth, Guest and Carie all asked versions of the same question about my recent handspun socks ....I too would love to know how you spun the yarn so that the colors almost matched! Is that serendipity, or did you do something magic?
Right now I'm knitting a pair of handspun socks that are wildly fraternal, but with Faux is Fair, the spinning was planned. I divided each braid into 2 lengthwise sections (one for each sock)- I further divided each section horizontally and vertically and then spun 4 separate skeins of yarn - 2 for each sock - luck was with me and the color changes sort of matched :-)
March 12, 2010
Warning MANY pictures because I really like these socks!
From these 2 beautiful braids of BFL that were hand dyed by Ginny of FatCatKnits...
I made this pretty pair of Faux is Fair designed by Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits. (More yarn/spinning info here) With the 4 different Anatolian motifs and the ever changing colors, this was a fascinating pair of socks to knit. There was a little bit of stress because I was worried about blue yarn supply the whole time (in fact I ripped out and inch of the leg after weighing my yarn, for fear I wouldn't have enough - I did...with 6 gms to spare!)
Isn't the sole pretty?
and the back?
Pattern: Faux is Fair by Robyn Gallimore Red Bird Knits
The colors flowed beautifully - they sort of match, but are not too matchy matchy - perfect if you ask me :-)
With these done, a nice big knitting spot is opened up (I've been limiting myself to 3 WIPs) and the timing is perfect since I just spun some gorgeous 50/50 cashmere/silk. I started knitting a shawl yesterday - such an enjoyable morning knitting project - a few rows every morning with coffee - more on that next time.
March 2, 2010
I am a lousy monogamous knitter (which means this sweater may be here for awhile!) and I realize you might get tired of looking at pictures like this...
so I will distract you with shiny new yarn...
I divided this bright beautiful Fat Cat Knits 64% Kid Mohair/25% Merino/11% Nylon Blend in Winter Doldrums colorway (mid winter mini club) into 4 color sections to make this pretty 2 ply yarn. To preserve the softness and luster of this fiber, I spun and plied it quite loosely.
There are 4 small skeins (total of 267 yards/4.9 ounces) and I'm thinking of making mittens from Magnificent Mittens, but am not sure yet.
I'll leave you with some close-up peeks ...