Monday, June 29, 2009

My love affair with the Drop Stitch Scarf pattern

I've fallen in love with the Drop Stitch scarf pattern by Christine Vogel. I am on my third drop stitch pattern in three weeks, and I'm very sure that I'll be making at least one more item using that pattern. LOL! You've all seen the stole I made in the Amethyst colorway of RYC SoftLux. I also made a scarf out of one skein of Malabrigo Silky Merino, in the Viena colorway. That yarn is sooooooooooooooooooooooo soft!! Wow! Just a pleasure to knit with. I didn't want to put it down for any length of time. Mm-hmm! Now I'm working on a scarf for my dear friend Min, using Merino Mia from Prism yarns. Enjoy!!




These first two pictures are of the scarf in the Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn, Viena colorway.



These two are of Min's scarf in Prism Yarns Merino Mia. I'm still working on it and hope to be done with it this week.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hector Plahar Photography


Our friend Hector Plahar, who also lives in the Bay Area with us, is the one I asked to take the pictures of my knitting. All the professional looking pictures are his handiwork, and I must say that I really love his work. If you need someone to take some pictures for you - at an occasion or just for fun, and you live in the Bay Area, just let me know and I'll put him in touch with you. I know he will quote you some reasonable prices. Here are some pictures he took of my yarn and some works in progress, that I just love. He also made the postcard that's the first picture.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

The first lace item I knitted

This pattern is Wisp by Cheryl Niamath. It was featured on the online knitting magazine knitty.com a few years ago. The first time I made it, it was for my mother-in-law. I finished the main pattern, but I wanted to knit a different edging for it. I haven't finished that and that particular project has been hibernating for about two years now. :(

Model: Megan May
Photographer: Hector Plahar



However, just last year, I made the purple version to wear for Irene and Kwasi's wedding on August 08, 2008. As I usually do, I cast on for this shawl a week before the wedding, and I finished it THE MORNING OF the wedding, while my hair was being done! Imagine that! It is a very simple pattern, and I loved working it, but I wanted to make it more fun, so I added the Falling Leaves pattern from the Harmony Guide Lace patterns book, and included some gold beads! :) It was fun!





Amethyst Drop Stitch Stole





I got this pattern from Ravelry, and the pattern is the Drop Stitch Scarf by Christine Vogel. It's gorgeous! I used 2 skeins of RYC Soft Lux in Amethyst Colorway! Oh, and I knit this in 10 days. Yeah!!!

I love YAAAAAARRRRRNNNNNN!

So, here is one reason why I love Ravelry (in addition to the other 100 reasons why I love it!). People have their stash listed on there, and they also list yarn that they want to sell or trade. Hallelluyah! I can't tell how many different brands of yarn that I am coveting and drooling over like a hyperactive dog! Ahem! Back to the point. People on Ravelry are so nice, and they send the yarn almost immediately you pay them through PayPal. (I'm going to have to start asking people to pay me through Google Checkout...you know, supporting the hubby and all.)

Anyway, I am STILL digressing.

Here's the point: I finally took the plunge and sort of bribed my little sister to take pictures of my yarn stash so I could list them. Now I have a buyer for this gorgeous lace yarn that I have, but can't quite figure what to do with. Isn't that nice!! :) So, as a treat to myself and you all (muahahahahhahah), here are some yarn pictures...for the road (as we'd say in Ghana). Enjoy!











Monday, June 1, 2009

Falling Water in Sangria


I found the Falling Water pattern (by Bonnie Sennott) on Ravelry.com (you can find me there under "awurama" or "Denise Twum"), and I fell in love with it immediately! Then, I found the yarn I used, Handmaiden Fine Yarn Great Big Sea Silk, at Tricoter in Seattle, and the deal was sealed! I made the scarf for my friend Marteki Martei, who had been working very hard with me on a side project, in addition to trying to complete her second year of medical school. The yarn is gorgeous, the pattern is divine, and the two seem to be made for each other!! :) I almost didn't give the scarf to Teki! :P



Photo Credit: Model - Megan May; Photographer - Hector Plahar