Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sometimes it just works

Several weeks ago I visited the Myers House in St Louis and found a cute little pattern for a stole. I didn't particularly care for the yarn it called for plus I was in the midst of spinning a yarn I hoped would work for it. 
While I was on vacation, I cast on. Bit before I could cast on, I realized I didn't have the size needles it called for. Also I didn't think the yarn was quite as chunky as what it called for. Sooooo...I improvised. 

I had size 8 needles (2 sizes smaller than what it called for) and the yarn fit the needles so I increased the cast on by about 10% roughly and started knitting. It was knit from the top down so I made sure the # of stitches did what it was supposed to do and kept knitting. 

It was an easy stockinette/reverse stockinette stitch pattern with the increases coming every 2 sections. And because of the smaller needles/smaller yarn, I added a couple of sections until I got this:
Pretty much just what the pattern calls for. It has the little pass-thru ties at the front and came out pretty perfectly. 

Oh, yeah, I also did an i-cord bind off to make sure it was a pretty edge and that it would bunch up. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

All the way around

I've completed my first year in my house and now I can finally relax a little. I've just finished and hung the final curtain. 

I love this lace pattern and the nod to Scotland it gives to my home but I was surprised at how fast it worked up after I got serious about getting it finished. 

Now for the tour of curtains:

Just what I envisioned. Ahhhh....good times. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Finale - Curtains

Now that I've got the transom curtain done, I just have one final curtain to finish. It's for this window. 

When I first moved in, I was all gung-ho to get all the curtains made and I completed a knitted single curtain, a crocheted single curtain and a double crocheted curtain. I purposely didn't do one for this window because I had the pretty stained glass there. 

But later I decided I did want one and thought I need to even things out with a knitted one. Crochet goes much faster for this sort of thing but I didn't want the other knitted curtain to get feel all alone. 

So I cast on one if my favorite lace patterns, a thistle pattern. I got part way through before other things took it's place but I'm now back at it and determined to get it done. 

I'm almost through the first pattern repeat but will need to do another one to get the length I need. But it's a pretty easy pattern and goes pretty fast when I actually manage to work on it. I'm a little disappointed that the knitting fairies didn't make a little more progress while it was sitting on the side but what'cha gonna do?

Just have to finish it myself, I guess. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Better late

About 4-5 years ago I spun a lace weight yarn out of some blue faced Leicester wool dyed by Frabjous Fibers, my favorite all time dye house. The colorway was called English Garden and it was easy to see why. 

I started a project with it but it was another one of those situations where the yarn had an opinion and the project never went anywhere. 

About a year ago I ripped out and started a new project. Even though it's taken me all this time, I should get credit for perseverance, if not for speed, because I've finally finished. 

I was running really short on yardage
(That's how much I had left in the end) but I knew I needed at least a small border on each end. I just happened to have some books covering my coffee table (and spilling off onto the floor but that's another story), one of which was this one:
Which contains a whole section on edgings. In it I found this sweet little edging:
It's super easy and super fast and super cute. 
Now I just need to block it-just an easy block and I'm all set for fall. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Greener pastures

Last Saturday I was helping my friend, Karen, with her harp workshop. That basically meant that I had about blocks of time while the harpers were harping to otherwise amuse myself. 

My bobbin lace wasn't going to be easy to transport so I figured spinning was probably going to be my best option so the night before, I dove the stash and I came up with 2 different fibers. 

One was called apple green, an Ashland Bay favorite of mine. It's a very flat color but I love the tone in it. 

The other was a mixed fiber I bought at a wonderful little yarn shop in Charleston, WV. I'm afraid I don't remember the name of the shop but this is a mix of silk and Merino, I believe, and has different tones of greens and some blues and some touches of other colors, including the pure silk. So it's glossy and interesting but loses some of the interest when plied because there's so much going on. 

So I decided that these two were made for each other and I started spinning. And I believe you'll agree. 

Before washing:

Once it's all washed and dried, I'll show you what it looks like (because I think it will bloom like crazy) and what I intend to do with it. 

Friday, September 26, 2014


It's done and hung. 

The silly thing was wearing me out with just one more thing, just one more thing but it's finally where it belongs and it's spectacular, if I do say so myself. 

I've got the next thing started (or rather restarted) but I'm going to just enjoy this for a little while. Cup of tea coming right up. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Next step

I keep thinking if I just finish this section I'll be done but then there seems to always be another step to take. 

I got the border done then I got everything laid out. The first thing I tried to connect the pieces looked horrible so out it came. So far I'm happy with plan B so when I get this section finished, I'll be done. 
Surely I'll be done one of these days.  Right?