I began Liesl this weekend. I’ve been drooling over this pattern for a year now. It’s a airy tunic length summer top, that will be nice to wear over leggings or skinny jeans;however, it is made with linen fiber. Linen has definite postive and negative attributes.
1. Makes a lovely organic textured fabric
2. Softens over time with washing and has a nice drape
1. Hard on the hands -I am a massage therapist-this is not good……at all : (
2. Annoying feeling of wire in your hands ..yuk!
The negatives put me in a debate over whether to take on this project. I could’ve chosen a linen blend, but I fell in love with this sandalwood shade from Louet. It’s wet spun and….Machine Washable! I was sold.
Getting gauge was kind of tricky. I managed to get the stitch gauge at 3 needle sizes down, but not the row gauge. The test swatch was fine, but now that I’m 4 inches in, my stitch gauge is slightly off. Since this is a loose-fitting top, I think it will still work out (cross fingers) .
PROJECT #2- Needles
I was ecstatic when Ravelry introduced a needle inventory page. Finally there was a place I could go to reference what I had in my needle inventory. One of the reasons this was such a boon is because my system for keeping needles was atrocious. Needles were scattered all over the house, sitting in abandoned skeins of yarn, in my clothes draws, some were hanging on closet hangers….etc It was a complete mess! I bought a circular knitting case eons ago, but never took the time to get the needles in it. Why! …. I don’t know. Some things elude the anal retentive personality.
Ahh. this is soooo much better. It makes me feel…once more…ecstatic! I can find them! All of them! I don’t know why I waited so long to do this. There are still a few stragglers hanging around, but I’ll be purchasing another case to house them too.
I started these on a day hot enough to have the windows open. It’s a balmy 70 degrees in Atlanta today. I opened the windows and bound off a pair of fingerless mitts that I may not get a chance to wear this year….oh well.
My niece calls them texting mitts. I call them fingerless mitts or wrist warmers. It’s about all you need during the mild southeastern winters.
Yarn: Rowan Pure life silk/viscose/cotton Blend
Pattern: From Knitty.com-Voodoo Wrist Warmers
All this balmy weather has caused me to drop the cardi idea. Instead of a nice bulky wool, I placed an order yesterday for 3 skeins of linen in a calm cool sandalwood shade. It should be in my mailbox Monday or Tuesday.
First completed project of 2011 is finished and on its way to the recipient. Despite adding additional repeats to the center motif, the final measurements still brought in a modest sized shawl; however, I am still pleased with the results.
This was a pleasant knit from beginning to end and I began to miss it immediately after casting off. Even though I like the look of nupps, I hate knitting them; however, that didn’t seem to pose a problem. The nupps in this pattern are fairly small (only 5 or 6 loops) and were not nearly as painful as some I’ve done in the past.
I am still on the look out for the perfect cardigan-a Sunday sloucher, tweedy silk/wool mix, warm but not too chunky,not too thin,maybe a few cables? …
…..”hope is healing and generosity is healing
these are healing
and dreams are healing visions, sacred songs, dances, inspired drawing
the awe and wonder we feel,
and art is healing need I say it? – endless burgeoning diversity,
the loveliness of one thing well done, with great care, and boldness too……
Pattern: Swallow Tail Shawl by Evelyn Clark
Yarn: Laceweight Raw Silk Tsumugi by Habu Textiles
Needles: Size 5
Modifications: Rumor has it that the sizing is a bit too small. Adding an additional 5 rows to the center repeats for a larger final measurement.
Recipient: Aunt Effie -a knitting prayer of hope comfort and healing
“May whatever is healing, touch whatever needs healing”
This gift is long overdue. It sat in my basket for months with only 5 remaining rows to knit. Sweetie tried numerous times to claim it as her own. There were days when I would have gladly relinquished it to her rather than plow through the last 5 rows.
Today I have no regrets. Kudos to Brooklyn Tweed for creating elegance in a simple design. The center panel is knit on the bias giving it a comforting “body hugging” quality and the icord bind off was an absolutely perfect finish. Right now I am anticipating the joy of finally placing this blanket in the hands of a new mother and seeing her smile. For more photos feel free to visit my Ravelry notebook.