Sunday, September 29, 2013

Amy's Garden Scarf

My lovely friend Amy is a woman of many talents.  Her yard is an amazing garden, she is a fabulous photographer, she's a wonderful Mama and friend.  Also, we share a birthday!  This year for her birthday I made her a scarf with a lace pattern of climbing flowers and falling leaves.  Amy is so wonderful that she even took pictures for me! 

Knit with Araucania Ruca in color 30, the scarf is worked bottom up.  Two lace panels, one worked outside the markers and one worked between the markers, create a climbing flower pattern.   The two charts have a differing amount of rows, after ten repeats of the central panel they coincide for the bind off.

You can buy the pattern here.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ripping and Pretty Yarn

I have ripped this blanket out two times now.  Normally I would just put on my big girl pants and move on.  Unfortunately, I have put A LOT of work into this blanket.  Sadly, it will not turn out how I hoped it would due to some shaping issues.  Hopefully, it will become a well loved blanket regardless of how I wanted it to look.

I am very easily bored, knitting a pattern consisting of only straight stitch is not my cup of tea.  The more cables, lace or shaping a pattern has, the more I like it.  Being a quick knitter I like to have about four projects going so that I can switch knits during the day.  Being tied to this adorable blanket for the past few weeks has made me long for the other projects that are circulating in my brain.

Shawls, scarves and all things fall, knit with Yarn Hollow and Queensland Collection.  The yarn is sitting in a beautiful yellow ware bowl that my Mama gave me for my birthday.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Knitting: A Constant Companion

Last weekend our world forever changed with the loss of my husband's 22 year old nephew, Joel.  In the aftermath of the tragedy and all the ripple effects that have and will continue to follow,  I need the feel of soft cotton yarn in my hands.  I need to be able to keep my hands busy.  Knitting has always helped carry me through grief, it's a steadfast companion once again.

The teal (Jasper) and cream (Bone) yarn is Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton and the red yarn is Rowan Summer Tweed in Summer Berry.