Friday, April 25, 2008

Fess Up Fiber Friday #18

Berroco Nostalgia
Yarn Details

Brand: Berroco
Yarn Name: Nostalgia
Color: 6670 (Faded Denim)
Content: 46% Cotton, 30% Acrylic, 24% Nylon
Skein Weight: 50g = 100 yds

Project Plans: Maria Skirt

Comments: A little lace work here that will result in a very casual and comfortable summer skirt. This will be a fun project!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Garden Eye Candy

My Garden.................

All made possible by my DH !!! My passion - knitting, his passion - gardening and THAT my friend is a Very Very Good Thing!

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Winner A Keeper

This is my Spiral Petal Shawl by Oat Couture She is now boxed up and will rest till next fall. I read both positive and negative reviews about this project, but loved the uniqueness of the shawl and thought I would give it a try! Man am I pleased I took "the plunge" as I adore it! The shawl fits and feels more like a cape and believe it or pin or closure is necessary....she sits right on my shoulders and doesn't move! A couple of gals tried the piece on last evening at knit night and it looked equally great on each of them.
I used 5 skeins of Lamb's Pride -Worsted Bulky and #11 circular needles. This yarn is luscious after a rinse in SOAK....I am a forever SOAK believer !
What an easy and quick knit.........Great for Gift Giving!!

Fess Up Fiber Friday #17

Yarn Details
Brand: Austermann
Yarn Name: Mosaico
Color: 0004
Content: 45% Nylon, 30% Cotton, 25% Acrylic
Skein Weight: 50g

Project Plans: Ruffled Jacket from Austermann Leaflet, Edition #25 Comments: The yarn colorway is somewhat outside the box for me. I love yellow and wonder why I have so little yellow in my wardrobe? For sure I am a ruffle kind of gal and adore the Big Girl ruffles in today's fashions. The buttons on the jacket are fabulous.....but will I be up to the challenge???!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Fess Up Fiber Friday #16

You see, I'm really not a Yarn Snob and do believe there is a place for Acrylic in my world!
Such a place is an Acrylic Throw that will suit Mom and Gracie!

Yarn Details
Brand: Plymouth Yarn
Yarn Name: Encore
Color: 0678
Content: 75% Acrylic 25% Wool
Skein Weight: 100g = 200 yards

Project Plans: Wedded Hearts Throw

Comments: This pattern is from Family Album of Knits. The combination of Cables and Hearts add much interest to this piece and the Encore should make a most usable cozy throw. Hopefully Mom and Gracie will agree.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

You know what they say......

.....Time flys when you're having fun and my goodness have I been having tons of fun lately! I have more projects on sticks than is the normal for me. If I have more than two knits going at a time, I get Antzee and feel so overwhelmed. Could it be that most of my projects of late have been small and the finish line is always close??? In any case, what fun speeding thru knit after knit!

First is my first real Fair Isle knit, The Siena Hat. The pattern may be purchased from KnitWhits. My hat was huge on my little pea head, but I found I love it as pictured below and will certainly wear this over and over again.
Another positive about Siena is the classic cotton yarn and if you live in the Carolinas like I do, the cotton will allow you to enjoy it more often than wool. What a fabulous baby hat too!!

Finished hat off my Little Pea Head.

Check out my First Fair Isle Wrong Side (I will not expose the side the tails were worked in...UGL)! A little word to the wise. do not and I repeat DO NOT wait till the end of the project to work in those long tails. It took me f o r e v e r to work all that yarn in. Because this hat was knit in cotton and tails have a tendency to work themselves out with cotton, I left the tails extra long. As my Buddy Jeannie would say.......Oh Brother! Second, is my Spiral Petal Shawl by Oat Couture. Knitted in Lamb's Pride (Bulky) this will be finished before I know it. I'm close to half finished and have only worked on it a few days. I read positive and negative reviews on this piece, there were some negatives regarding the directions (so far no problem for me in this area...well maybe I have had way too much fun knitting the pattern) and some folks menitioned sizing issues????

The Mohair in this Lamb's Pride is lovely and once I rinse it in Soak for blocking, it will be ever so soft and glowie (wonder if that is a word) with Mohair.

And third, is my Chevron scarf! No updated pics to share with you on this one, but the project is 50% complete. Chevron is an extra project to take to knit nights. I can listen to all the interesting conversations around me, eat M&Ms, laugh and look at other knitters latest projects while working on the scarf.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Fess Up Fiber Friday #15

This will probably be "The next Project UP"! Since finishing my first Fair Isle piece, I'm anxious to move on to the next one (all this is in preparation for these)!!!

Yarn Details
Brand: Lamb's Pride
Yarn Name: Lamb's Pride Bulky
Color: M-06 Deep Charcoal
M-01 Sandy Heather
Content: 85% Wool and 15% Mohair (YUM)
Skein Weight: 113g + 125yds

Project Plans: Bushoong Zigzag from Folk Bags by Vicki Square

Comments: I love the heather tones of this Lamb's Pride and I have always been pleased with project results from LP yarn.