Thursday, January 20, 2011

a little thing..........

...with a big impact! Love.Love.Love. this one. This is the Drops Headband in Alaska pattern, that simply Fabulous! AND what a wonderful gift giving item.
My headband was knit with Nashua - Vignette (used just a tad over 1 skein) on #9 needles. The color selection was #0013-Patina.
If you are looking for a simple flower/corsage then this one could be the one. Go to: for the pattern. I chose to knit my flower with Cascade 220.

seconds please

This is my second Koigu Ruffled Neck Wrap. Yeah, the one with 972 stitch cast on and 972 stitch bind off! I knit my second one in 8 days with much of it accomplished while waiting in the hospital waiting room. The Gardener had his second knee replacement....I'm seriously talking about seconds here I guess. He is actually doing much better with this one than the first. The swelling and pain level has been minimum which has made this process much easier for us both. Of course there will be many many weeks of rehab, but it helps to know the worst is behind us and only improvement in the future. Again I used 3 skeins of Koigu fiber for this wrap in the color #P834. The green/wine/orange colorway is to be adored and I love working it with browns and greens.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Akimbo Shawl

This triangular shawl is a Stephen West design that is knit from the neck edge with easy garter stitch that finishes with a chevron pattern. The chevron section of contrasting color adds a burst of visual interest and makes for a bit of final excitement! I used a skein of Madelinetosh sock yarn (color #7154-Kale) and one skein of ShiBui sock yarn (#3601) on US #6 needles. While I really prefer to knit and wear a larger shawl, I find times they simply aren't practical in the same way a smaller scarf might be. Smaller scarfs are just the thing when conducting everyday life both at and outside the office. Not only are they easy to wear, but they add a great "pop" of color to any outfit.A lovely knit! After a few small projects I'm looking forward to my next LARGE knit! It's seriously a secret gift and All plans are in the works. Heck.... I can tell you guys 'cause it's for Mom and she doesn't read my blog. She has done everything but purchase yarn, place it in my lap with a note telling me it wants to be a throw for her. So I have finally found The Perfect One just for her! This one will be on the needles within the week!!

mittens for a bulky scarf

Told you I was looking for a companion for my Bulky Eternity Scarf and here is the companion....... After looking at many options, I settled on a pair of Iro Mitts by Haley Waxberg and they give reason for some serious happiness!! Now let's talk about warmth. It's in the lower 30s here today and I found myself quite toasty with a cashmere sweater, my new bulky scarf and (matchy.matchy) Iro mittens.
Both of these pieces were quick, easy and tons of fun. What a wonderful gift set for someone special in your life.
About 3/4 of a skein of Noro - Kogarashi was used for the mittens and knit on US #5 needles. Of course I knit my pair using the magic loop and they flew **Giggle Giggle** off the needles. Once in a while isn't it nice to simply knit and wear....I mean "No Blocking Needed", and that's exactly what I did.
Don't should whip out this set for yourself or a loved one.