Friday, February 29, 2008

Fess-Up Fiber Friday #10

Yarn Details

Brand: Blue Sky
Yarn Name: Alpacas Alpaca Silk
Color: RED
Content: 50% Alpaca, 50% Silk
Skein Weight: 146 yds
Project Plans: Clementine Shawlette

Comments: The Clementine Shawlette pattern is from Interweave Knits - Spring 2007. I purchased the yarn while on a day trip to Asheville and love the richness of the red! The lace pattern will be an easy repeat and should be perfect to work on while chatting with my knit group on Thursday evenings! This will probably be my next project.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Fess-Up Fiber Friday #9

Yarn Details
Brand: Louet Euroflax - 100% Linen
Brand: Tahki Cotton Classic - 100% Cotton
Brand: Peaches and Creme - 100% Cotton

Project Plans: Wash Cloths and Soap Pouches

Comments: Unbelievable...I have yet to knit a wash cloth! All solid cottons will be used for fun cloths with graphic designs while the multi-colors will be knit with unusual stitch work. The beautiful Euroflax (the brown and hot pink upper right corner) is my personal favorite and will gifted as elegant cloths and soap pouch sets.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Unexpected

How often are we really faced with the unexpected? Normally when we think or talk about the unexpected, it takes on quite a negative tone, while many times the unexpected is not only a pleasant surprise, but something beautiful! In fact, the unexpected can lift our spirits and make our lives much fuller and certainly more fun.

While we all enjoy gifts during the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, I believe without doubt presents are especially precious when totally was the case when I presented my Leaf Lace Scarf to my Buddy "Jeannie".

You see I knit the Leaf Lace especially for her as a "Just Because" gift. Jeannie and I met tonight for dinner (before gathering at Common Threads for an evening of group knitting) and FINALLY...I gave her the Unexpected Leaf Lace Scarf! I had been out of my mind with excitement all week and just knew I would fumble (spill the beans) during one of our many phone conversations. Well, the wait was worth it and I believe she was truly surprised and thrilled with her Unexpected Goodie. See-------------->

My Unexpected Gift was the depth of JOY I received from gifting a lovely hand knit to a Very Special Friend.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Scarves Galore

After my venture with several large sweater projects that at times seem to ramble eternally, I find a scarf to be a quick form of gratification....Ohhh. me likey Scarves!!!!! These are the first two of three scarves that I have chucked out in the last month are so.

I will be proud to gift Leaf Lace. Gosh this is a hard one to part with, but a known fact the recipient will love her as much as Knitting Diva! Ahhhhhhhh..another "Just Because" gift!!!

This Sock It to Me Scarf is from 101 Designer One Skein Wonder and was knit with On Line Supersocke SOX yarn. I was not thrilled with SITM during the knitting process, but forced myself thru it (don't know why as the yarn was nice and cheerful and the pattern was uncomplicated and fun?????). Man I am happy I finished her 'cause after blocked, this knit turned into a beautiful luscious casual scarf. The softness of this scarf Rocks and is fabulous around the neck of my "Bright Red Leather Jacket".

Friday, February 15, 2008

Life's Necessary Luxury..... a Winter White Angora Scarf! My Simply Heaven Scarf is from Sublime Book #605 and naturally is knit using Sublime Angora Merino DK. The Angora Merino is simply fabulous and impossible to put down.

I can hardly wait to wear this simple scarf with my jean jackets and dress wool coat.

NOTE: A full description of this yarn is Yummy....Yummy.....Yummy!

Fess-Up Fiber Friday #8

Yarn Details
Brand: Sublime
Yarn Name: Angora Merino
Color: 0044
Content: 80% Extra Fine Merino
20% Angora
Skein Weight: 50g - 130 yds

Project Plans: Sublime Bunny hat with matching Gertrude Gloves

Comments: This hat and gloves are from Sublime Book #605 and will be my first glove project. The fluted edge on the gloves certainly is a break from the norm and the tiny flower adds an unexpected touch. The simple hat will be soft and stylish with the gorgeous edging! This set will be knit totally with me in mind!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Fess-Up Fiber Friday #7

Yarn Details:
Brand: Karabella
Yarn Name: Gossamer
Color: 6200
Content: Kid Mohair, Nylon
Skein Weight: 50g = 222yds

Project Plans: Gossamer Shaw with Ruffle

Comments: Yarn purchased from Needle on the Square in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Taupe colorway is pure richness and the metallic thread adds a bit of flair to the Mohair. Love, Love, Love the ruffle on this romantic!
How amazing that this shawl is worked on a #11(8mm) needle.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Just a Blanket...Just Because

..........for my Sister-In-Law!

I am so in love with this blanket and can hardly wait to give to Sis-In-Law this Saturday! She will be sooo totally sooo completely Surprised! I adore surprises and adore giving to those I love.

Not only is The Hemlock Ring Blanket a fun, quick, and special project, it is ever so economical. Only a tad bit over one skein of Cascade Eco was used for this project. To prepare the blanket for blocking, I rinsed her in Soak and found the softness of the piece the point of feeling quite delicate.

Listen.............can't you already hear the hints from Mom expressing her desire for a Hemlock Blanket? Wonder what color would suit her taste?????

This is Hemlock before blocking.................

...and during blocking

Friday, February 1, 2008

Hello Silver Belle Again

More of Silver Belle...

Fess-Up Fiber Friday #6

Check out the Green Glittery Thread in this Noro Yarn.

Yarn Details:
Brand: Noro
Yarn Name: Aurora
Color: #04 Olive, Purple, Brown
Content: Wool, Kid Mohair, Silk, Polyester
Skein Weight:40g

Project Plans: Aurora Sweater

Comments: This yarn was purchased from Yarn Paradise while on a week-end trip full of knitting and yarn shop hopping with my Dear Friend, Jeannie....What a Blast!!

The pattern is from Noro, The World of Nature, vol. 20.

I adore the green glitter thread that runs thru this yarn as well as the diamond design in the sweater. This should be a fabulous Casual Fall sweater.