Thursday, October 19, 2006

Here's a winter hat for DH. Been working on it for awhile. It's Lion's Brand, sport weight done on #4 needles. Came out great. Just need a little blocking on the bind off.

I also discovered the joys of knitted pumpkins. Very cool! This one is drying. This is the pattern from the Knitty archives.

Last but not least is a scarf knit from soy-wool, plain ole' garter stitch knit from end to end. I'm still deciding on whether to fringe or not.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Okay, here's the surprise. It's a Forest Canopy Shoulder Shaw. What a great pattern!

And here's a close up of it being blocked.

And now here's the shocking part -- it's made from acrylic yarn. I know, I know, but I had to consider where the shawl is going to live and be cared for. Seriously, when it's going to live somewhere where it rarely gets below 75 degrees, acrylic can be very practical. To block it, I pinned it out and used my steam iron. I think it might be what they call "killing" it with steam, but it turned out great and it had a good hand and drape. So, there, I'm breaking out of the mold!

But seriously folks, it's a great pattern. I plan on knitting it a few more times and I'm sure somewhere along the line, I'll be doing it in wool.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Again, I've been a bad blogger. I can't believe I haven't posted since August. But this time I have good news -- I've been knitting. I have the FLAK sweater back out. I'm hopeing to be done by the end of the year. (Well, maybe sooner.) In the meantime, I have been working on some smaller projects.

First, I picked up some yarn over the weekend. Our community hosts a very large Fall Foliage Festival, complete with a multitude of craft vendors. Also, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman hosts an indoor show in conjuction with the big, outdoor show. I specifically went to check out the lady who was demonstrating spinning. (She had yarn for sale too! Imagine that!) Very cool. I am restraining myself with regard to spinning. I know I would really enjoy spinning, but I just can't take on another activity at this point in my life. Who knows, maybe someday a spinning wheel will fall into my lap and away I'll go.

Here's some hand-spun local yarn that I picked up at our community's annual Fall Foliage Festival. It's from Rose Garden Fibers. This is a bulky yarn, color way called Evening Rose Garden. I think it wants to be a scarf.

I also picked up this blue and white sport weight wool. They are begging to be mittens.

Anyhow, I'm hoping to do better with more regular posts. For instance, I already have tomorrow's post ready, but I can't put it up till tomorrow. All for now.