Monday, February 16, 2009

a fair isle beret

This beret was impossible to put down. The knit was started Friday afternoon and finished Sunday night. I absolutely could not keep my fingers off the piece! Selbu Modern is All 10s in my book, especially for it's traditional motif mixed with a modern and fun color combination. Selbu Modern is a pattern that will suit any first time fair isle knitter.
I wanted to use 100% traditional Shetland wool for my Beret and chose Jamieson's
Shetland Spindrift in colors, #999/Black and #610 Purple. I love this yarn and think I simply must do another Tam using several colorways (what fun)! My wool order was placed with Dancing Ewe Yarns & Teas in Ellensburg, WA and was quite a deal with no tax and no freight charges. I was delighted with the service and speedy delivery from this vendor.

These pics were made this evening BEFORE blocking! And I already LOOOOVE it!I'm off now to find a 10" plate for blocking!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Knotted Openwork Scarf...

... is quite the enjoyable knit. Simple lace with a nice, make that Fantastic Texture... when using a fingering weight wool. This a free pattern from here. The only modification I made to this pattern was to cast on 35 stitches instead of 33. This allowed me to add a slip stitch at the beginning and end of each row for what I think is a nice finished edging. The skinny: 2 skeins/Claudia Hand Painted Yarns
Fingering Weight
100% Merino Wool
Color: Butter Pecan, #005
#7 Needles

Sunday, February 8, 2009

under the spell of another clapotis

I loved my first Clapotis so much, I fell prey to yet another one. This piece is knit using Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb, Color #408/Pilsen. The original Clapotis from Knitty 2004 Fall issue was knit with this same yarn (color Bittersweet) and I can see why, the fiber is soft and has the most fabulous sheen...I mean "a sheen to die for sheen"! I can hardly wait to wear her, but first things first...Ms Clapotis must be blocked!

She will be blocked tomorrow night and I will be wearing Ms. Clapotis Wednesday! We will be having perfect Clapotis weather here in the Carolinas this week.