Tuesday, July 20, 2010

simple daisy and of course some knitting

Simple Daisy! These just may be my favorite flowers. They are sweet in the garden and fabulous when cut and showcased in a simple little jar to enjoy inside for days on end. Of course, I have to ask the gardener before any major cuttings take place!Hey check out my latest knit!

The Curlicue Coverlet is finished, blocked and waiting for some caressing come this fall and winter. As is always the case, the Noro colors are spectacular and made for a quick, interesting and fun process. You will find all the details of this piece on Rav or in my earlier blog post. One might ask, "when is a good time to start a new throw or coverlet"? Hey, it must be when a coverlet is finished. Well, that's exactly what I did.....this is my Seaside Throw from Debbie Bliss' book, HOME. My throw is knit with Sublime Organic Cotton in the colorway Vanilla and the color is a true simple vanilla shade! YUM!

This is a pattern that will take a while to knit up on #6 needles. I mean 15 balls of cotton and all that lace, cables, bobbles and OMG....all those seed stitches! I'm already rather pleased with the clarity the cotton yarn gives the stitch detail.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Curlicue Coverlet

I purchased the Curlicue Coverlet pattern a couple of years ago only because of it's interesting construction, but didn't think it looked particularly spectacular when knit in a solid colorway. It was when I saw what creative knitters did with multiple colors and variegated selections that the pattern came alive and got me going. Beautiful, colorful swirls of stitches with a scalloped edge.

For me, the pattern is not an easy one! There is constant counting, getting a mental gripe for the directions of the short rows certainly didn't come easy to me with lots of second guessing on that first center section. After frogging the first center wedge #5 three times and much freaking out, I finally wrapped my mind around the construction and the process is now quite enjoyable. Trust me, now that I have this pattern moving along I will be loyal to the completion of the coverlet. This swirls of stitches should be ready for blocking within the week!
Pattern: Oat Couture Curlicue Coverlet
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden
Needles: #6