…then two are better! Right?
This summer I made a Trillian and really enjoyed the pattern. The design takes a long, skinny garter stitch “scarf” (shawl?) and adds a little something to it.
A friend in my knitting group was working on a very similar scarf/shawl called Sandstone Scarf — a freebie from DROPS. She was knitting her scarf in a stunning combination of two variegated colors of DROPS Delight, #09 and 10. Just gorgeous! I quickly went on line to the Nordic Mart website and bought 2 skeins of each in the identical colors.
I started the Sandstone Scarf, but wasn’t sure I liked the garter edges. So. I restarted it using the Trillian pattern, and kept at it until it was 80 inches long! You work both colors simultaneously, alternating 2 rows of one color and then 2 rows of the other. When I started the final border, I stopped switching the colors — too much going on visually!
You get the “new cow” feeling as you knit because of the color changes. I did break the yarn a few times to avoid super long runs of one color, or the same color meeting from both skeins.
It is a great carry-along project: smallish and mindless! Now I have nothing going on. I may have to go stash diving…knitting group tomorrow and nothing to knit!
PS – Kim asked about the checkered edge on the bottom two photos. The checkering is created by the striping of the two yarns. When I got to the edging for the end of the shawl, the effect was too extreme, so I just used a single color there.
It was cold and windy and cloudy yesterday but my day was bright and sunny! I spent the day with some lovely peeps and Ann Budd, knitting author and editor. Ann’s name has long been associated with Interweave Knits (and she still edits for them), but went freelance several years ago.
The class was on cast ons and bind offs. She was really well organized, as well as a patient teacher. She provided tags and clear protector sheets — you could put your swatch and the instruction page into the protector for safe keeping.
I bought this book, Top-Down Sweaters:
The book is spiral bound, which means it lays flat when opened – yay!! Ann was wearing the blue sweater pictured on the bottom of the cover. I learned some new cast ons and tips. Never too late to add to your knitting tool box!!
My adolescent male self is anxiously awaiting the start of Season 4 of The Walking Dead this Sunday – Yay!! For all you zombie freaks out there like me, I want to remind you that you still have time to knit a Beth’s Zombie Apocalypse Slouchy Hat!
I wore mine the other day to walk the dog and it is SO comfortable! It stretches just the right amount to fit the head, but not tightly. If you are doing any charity hat knitting this fall, this hat is a fun alternative and works for both men and women.
Summer is definitely over! We are finally getting some much-needed rain, and the temperature is dropping. Oh well. It is what it is!
I did get a sweater finished in the nick of time for the last blush of summer. It is Sabine by Julie Weisenberger. I was lucky to use stash yarn – not from MY stash, but from sister Surly’s! That is even better because it means the yarn cost me nada. It is GGH Soft Kid (151 yards/25 grams; 70% Mohair, 25% Nylon (Polyamide), 5% Wool).
The picture does not do it justice, but I am experiencing a super bad hair day and have no desire to be pho-togged. It is soft as a bunny’s belly and has a sheer quality to it. I wear it with dresses and knit tops alike. Very wearable!
I did do some modifications: I original tried the front decreases that give the sweater a “point” in the front (shown in picture below):
I did not quite like the look. Ripping back meant I had to re-knit half the length from armpit to hemline (!). I just continued the front increases as many others had done.
I also didn’t care for the flaring sleeves, so I just did them like a normal sleeve, stopping at 3/4 length. Because of the re-knitting, this took me much longer than it should have, but I am very pleased with the final results so it was worth it.
Yes! A new blog post and a new finished object. I bet some of you were wondering about us.
A few weeks ago, I was in Ogunquit, Maine and caught a summer stock production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which I’d never seen. The production was wonderful, as was the cast. I still have some of the songs running through my head (which is a bit annoying at times, actually).
I just finished my own “stole of many colors.” It is a pattern called, simply, Stole by Theresa Gaffey. It’s knit out of 9 different colors of Isager Strik Alpaca 2, an almost lace weight blend of Alpaca and Merino. (They call it fingering but it seems lighter to me.)
I bought the yarn and pattern as a kit at Yarnover (from The Yarnery in St. Paul) because I fell in love with the knitted samples and the colors. I started it in late April and worked on it here and there. It was perfect mindless knitting — long, long rows of simple ribbing.
I changed the order of colors because I liked the green and blue together.
I added a few more stitches for length and knit fewer rows of each color stripe. The knitting looked pretty crappy as often happens with alpaca, but it blocked out perfectly. The finished fabric is light, airy, and drapes beautifully. I love it!
Good morning! Just sharing a virtual cup of coffee with a very nice friend. Great seeing you Tuesday night at the knitters’ guild meeting — and great seeing many other friends!!
Patsy mentioned that she checks our blog every morning, and she is probably disappointed most days! We post irregularly to say the least. So, hello, and please keep checking back!!
I hope I am not badgering our loyal readers, but this post will be about Wrapped in Care…again! I finally put my knitting where my mouth is and completed two shawls for the Wrapped in Care Program. I gave them to Dee Moore last week and quickly received this lovely note:
She said that the shawls are the most wonderful thing she is able to provide for the moms when they go through this ordeal.
The shawls I made are both free patterns on Ravelry, knit in Caron Simply Soft.
Shawl One: Tethys knit in Caron Simply Soft, Country Blue
Shawl Two: The Lonely Tree Shawl in Caron Simply Soft, Pagoda
I attempted the steaming method for blocking acrylic, but did not test it. Hope it works! Both shawls were pretty easy to make. My Lonely Tree is T-I-N-Y but Dee thought it looked big enough. People have different tastes.
Anyway, if you feel like you have the time to knit a shawl, there is no deadline. Dee actually prefers that they trickle in. And thank you so much for helping!!!
Remember how last week I was saying that the state fair people had displayed Inggun wrong side out? How could they?? It is so obvious!! Well, I did the same thing in yesterday’s post re: Trillian!
Here are the two faces of Trillian side by side (the “right side” is on the left in the following picture):
It’s one of the things knitters comment on when they see Trillian — the cute edging!! Oh well!!!
So, another shot of it set up correctly:
What is that saying about casting stones…..?
Have you ever bought yarn that you looked at later and thought, “What the %$%%^ was I thinking??” I bought some sock yarn called Purl Diver Adorn Sock from A Good Yarn in Sarasota Florida. Bright. Real bright. Too bright. You need retina reattachment surgery after just looking at it!
Anyway, while at knitting camp this summer, I saw a pattern worked up in yarns that made Purl Diver look blah. And the pattern worked well in these over-the-top yarns. The pattern is a one-skein shawlette called Trillian, and it is ingenious, fun, and very easy to knit…just repeat two rows until you are almost done. It is equally nice in lovely, tame colors!!
Trillian in Adorn Sock, color Purl Diver
It is long and skinny and you work it until you have ~10% of your yarn left and then you work some finishing rows. This means you shouldn’t run out of yarn!
This shows the cute corner:
I think this is a great pattern for any of those skeins of sock yarn you may have floating around that seemed great in the skein and then a bit “too much” when given a second glance!! Or that lovely sock yarn you want people to be able to SEE!
Matt Cooke is King of the Mountains! Matt, you thrilled us with your skill and your perseverance (and those crazy legs!!)! We are so proud of you!!
Matt and Nora Cooke – picture taken after Stage 5 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado