Friday, October 22, 2010

Knitting Away in Florida

Having a B A L L in Orlando, Florida on vacation, I know what you are thinking, she is ALWAYS on vacation. Well, you have to have your priorities straight, right? Also, I don't write every single day. Today is our last day here, we fly out tomorrow morning, back to cold Holland, MI. But, I will be glad to see my cat Georgie. I took two types of yarn and patterns with me for this vacation, linen and wool to make 2 scarves. I didn't have time to find a new sweater that I wanted to work on and frankly, a scarf doesn't take up too much room in my back pack.

The first pattern I printed awhile ago and never got to it. My results look nothing like the picture of the pattern, but hey, I like it, so who cares, right?

The Rowan lenpur linen drapes incredibly and feels awesome to the touch. I am a bit bummed since I only purchased 2 balls I could be in for some trouble as it is only 56 inches currently and I would like it around 75-80 inches, enough to wrap around the neck. Pray that my LYS still has some left!!!

The second scarf is a repeat of an earlier group of projects from last winter, the brioche stitch cable scarf. It is cushy and warm. I am using up some left over Malabrigo from an earlier sweater (hub always loves when I do this).
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Well, better get back at the knitting as it won't finish itself.

Monday, October 4, 2010

She Knit a Raspberry Beret

Stopped by Lizzie Ann's the other day since I was conveniently downtown and I was looking for some bamboo. I got sidetracked by a beautiful red beret in the corner. Lindy saw my interest and pointed out that the pattern was free with a purchase. I can hardly resist the words F-R-E-E! I touched it and I could hardly walk away. The big question, which color.....eventually I went with the red and I am SUPER glad I did, I love the look of it with my black wool coat. The pattern is incredibly simple and I finished it in one day (and I am not a super speed queen by any means). I posted it on my Ravelry account and I was getting comments almost instantly! I hope to see a lot of others wearing angora berets this fall.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Stripey Felted Tote

You will notice all has been quiet lately. After I went on vacation up north, I sort of got out of the groove of writing every day. Today, I am getting back on track. (It was a fabulous trip, by the by, Sleeping Bear Dunes was absolutely beautiful. This is a pic of hub and I at the first flat on the dune. It was a beautiful day and we had a picnic under the trees with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, who happened to be in the area (Gaylord) at the time. We later went onto Mackinac Island and did some touring there. That was the first time I had rode the catamaran and it was very rough that morning. The kids had a great time, though.
This project, the stripey tote happens to be one of my husband's favorites. I think it has something to do with the fact that I used stash yarn to make it. It is a cobbled pattern from Leigh Radford. Her original design has a self made handle but since I have about 5 sets of handles sitting around in my stash, I decided to use those instead. I think it turned out pretty well. I can't believe how L-O-N-G wool takes to dry after you felt it. I think this took 4 days.