Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Test Knitting - The Tree and Arbor Wrap by Michelle Miller

Mid last year, I got the opportunity to test knit the "Tree and Arbor Wrap" by Michelle Miller. This pattern was really easy and intuitive, and I would love to make it again. I used KnitPicks Palette yarn in the Peach colorway, but I found it too pale, so I overdyed the shawl after I finished knitting it. I used McCormick and Wilton food dyes, and white vinegar to set the dye and make the shawl colorfast. It came out a beautiful burnt orange color, almost like the setting sun. I gave this shawl to a friend who had just undergone chemotherapy for cancer. As always, pictures are courtesy of Irene N. of livedstories 





Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trying my hand at making headbands

I know, I know. Making a headband shouldn't be hard after making lace shawls and such. But you never know what knitting style is going to stump you. So, my cousin came to visit us this past Christmas, and she was such a great help around the house and with the poopoola that I decided to knit her something. She chose the Flower Headband Earwarmer by Elise McLaughlin, which I made with some gorgeous Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Paints in a Pink/Purple Variegated yarn. The yarn looks like a bowl of berries. Deliciousness! Here are a few pictures of this experiment. Sorry I don't have really great pictures. That's my head in the picture. Don't laugh. :)



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl in Madelinetosh Merino Light

I love the Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn Clark. And to get to make it in madelinetosh Tosh merino light yarn is the icing on my knitting cake. :) So, when my friend Lynn asked for a shawl in this same pattern, in a cobalt blue yarn (Lapis colorway), I jumped at the opportunity. Here are the beautiful results of this great pattern/delicious yarn collaboration! 






Thursday, March 10, 2011

Green Aviatrix

A number of people have been telling me that Andrew's hat was getting old, and hinting not so subtly that I should make him a new one. I finally felt motivated to make him that new hat a couple of weeks ago. The pattern is "Aviatrix baby hat" by Justine Turner. I made it in the Olive green colorway of Louisa Harding Kashmir Baby yarn. The yarn has quite a few plies on it so it got caught on the sharp needle tips. However the finished product is so soft and squishy. I can't wait to make something for myself with this yarn! Pictures are by Irene of LivedStories, and the model is my little poopoola. :)