Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Warm Toes, Eventually

The temperatures took an early dive last month, and I didn't sit there with cold feet for long before realizing that the solution was literally at my fingertips.

I grabbed a skein of yarn (Knit Picks Stroll in discontinued Twinkle Heather),

and my current favorite footie pattern (from Knit Picks Fancy Feet), and whipped up a pair of foot warmers.

Before you know it, I was showing them off to visiting KD, who immediately noted that they exactly matched her pajama pants.


Fortunately, I knew where there was more yarn... (and modified the pattern for a short-row heal and 2x2 ribbed cuff):

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Instant Gratification

The Saturday after Thanksgiving being Small Business Saturday, NKD and I went out to support two of our favorite local small businesses. As it happened, NKD had not been in my LYS before, and after initially (and understandably) being mistaken for her twin sister KD, she stunned them all by announcing that she was my Non-Knitting-Daughter. She was raised by knitters, though, so while I took care of some business she ranged through the store, petting the yarn. When I was done, she took me around to introduce me her favorites. Not surprisingly (even her car is blue), this skein of Malabrigo Rasta Superbulky was a favorite.

After some heavy hinting on her part about what a beautiful hat it would make, we included it in our SBS purchases. Once we got home, we round it into a ball. My LYS had offered to wind it up, but NKD wanted to have some part in the process, and she makes a great knitting noddy.

A pattern was quickly chosen (how did we live before Ravelry's pattern search?), and in no time a hat was on the needles.

A very few hours later, the hat was on her head.

Pattern:     Big Chunky Comfy Hat, by Erica Kempf

Yarn:         Malabrigo Yarn's Rasta Superbulky in Sollis (804)

Needles:    size 11 dpns

Elapsed time, yarn purchase to head: 4 hours

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Magic Lace

  Many years ago, I attended a Yarn Party where the fiber fumes went straight to my head and I walked away with several skeins of gorgeous, mutli-colored lace-weight silk. Very slowly it dawned on me that the beautiful lace patterns I was beginning to love making were completely lost in anything but a solid - or lightly heathered - color. I still don't know what I'm going to do with the green-purple-white that is so breathtaking in the skein, and so utterly useless to make lace with.

But I did finally find a lace pattern that could hold up to the skeins of heathered sea-green. I let the match-up of yarn and pattern bubble away on the back burner for a while, until one day I knew who I wanted to make it for, and why. Then I set to work, and spent a couple of years working at it off and on. This fall it was finished, and I gave it to an appreciative recipient, and updated my Ravelry projects page.

Yarn:       Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s Penthouse
                Silk Lace (discontinued) in "Sheridan Circle"

Needles:  3 (3.25 mm)

Beads:     Earth Faire's Wavy Leaves,
                70 (35 on each end, strung on the yarn)

Then magic happened. If you're not a knitter, you probably don't realize that knitters come to have favorite designers over time. The designer of this lace shawl is a favorite of mine - everything she designs is breathtaking. Imagine, if you can, my surprise and delight when she commented on - and favorited! - my knit-up of her design on Ravelry.