July 26, 2015
Got all the supplies packed for my pearl tatting class. Got a week’s worth of clothes & lace finery packed. Picking up money on the way out of town. Hubby is driving me to Coralville, IA for the annual lacemaking convention, this year hosted by the Doris Southard Lace Guild- of which I am a member. There will be classes, lectures, vendors, exhibits, demos, and reuniting with friends. The best part is spending a week with people who share the same passion and interest in a topic.
July 4, 2015
Took advantage of my alone time at the camper and got this Afternoon Tea shawlette blocked. This is the free pattern from Knitty.com and is just the right size to drop over my shoulders at the office. The designer just re-released the pattern with bigger sizes and I might have to try those also.
June 3, 2015
This was the last week and I nearly made it to the end with something different every day. Had it been winter and I was wearing wool socks every day this would have been a snap. However, I am not complaining about Spring!
Tuesday, May 26 – tatted pendant. This pattern is by Marilee Rockley and is in one of her boutique jewelry books. It’s actually an earring pattern, but the beads I chose were pretty heavy and I love it as a pendant. One of those things I forget to wear!
Wednesday, May 27 – Blue Celtic knot earrings. This pattern is by Rozella Linden and I love it. You can make it with or without picots and I like the clean look without picots.
Thursday, May 28 – beaded earrings NOT made by me. These were made for me by one of my lovely nieces, Sierra, and they go with so much of my wardrobe that I wear them a lot. Thank you Honey! My other niece, Abby, is a young seamstress and she is very creative as well. She isn’t afraid to try anything.
Friday, May 29 – seems fitting to end the month wear I started with my Rusted Root pullover. This is a great garment for this time of the year with the cotton/linen blend yarn.
This was a great challenge for me and I’m eager to try it again next year. Thanks to @sarapomegranate and her Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast for suggesting it.
May 26, 2015
Whew, this is getting harder as the weather got considerably warmer this past weekend! But, during the week we still had some cool days and I wore wool socks nearly every day.
Monday, May 18 – Absinthe socks by Sara Morris. My first ever toe-up socks, knit in 2009. They are still some of my favorite and best fitting socks.
Tuesday, May 19 – Rhinebeck by Lisa Lloyd. My newest cardigan and so wearable! I love this pattern and would knit it again in a heartbeat.
Wednesday, May 20 – my version of vanilla socks. These are a simple toe-up sock with a fish lips kiss heel and a couple of cables thrown in for interest. I love that they don’t match!
Thursday, May 21 – socks. These socks are some of the first I ever knit. They are a little big, but I still get some good use out of them. Can’t remember the pattern.
Friday, May 22 – tatted earrings. I think these are from a pattern kit by Snowgoose, a lacemaking supplier. I love them because they are pretty, and frilly, and so lightweight.
That’s it for week 3. I know I said I would wear something made by me each weekday, but since Memorial Day is a holiday I’m not counting it as a weekday! I wonder if I can get by for one more week without duplicating anything?
May 15, 2015
It’s coming to the end of the second week and I wore something hand made each weekday, without duplicating anything so far!
Monday, May 11 – Filey socks by Ingleside Belle. This is one of my favorite sock patterns, truly a unisex pattern. I’ve knit these for both my husband and myself.
Tuesday, May 12 – Verdant shrug by Gina Bonomo. This was a great use of mystery yarn that was in my stash. I wear it to work, and I wear it over my jammies. So useful and comfy!
Wednesday, May 13 – ‘s Gravenmoerse bobbin lace pendant and bracelet. Just like the gold one I wore last week, but this on is in blue. I especially love the bracelet.
Thursday, May 14 – Lily of the Valley Estonian scarf by Helen Wallin. I knit this in 2009 to wear to the IOLI convention that year. One of the first lace knitted things I made.
Friday, May 15 – My favorite blue scarf. You have seen this one on here before, but I can’t resist it. The color is so cool and calming and yet summery.
May 11, 2015
I’m participating in the Me Made May challenge with the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast. The first week went pretty well and it was fun. I looked at my things in a new light.
Friday, May 1 – Rusted Root, knitted in 2009 with Knit Picks Cotlin yarn. My first attempt at a pullover.
Monday, May 4 – Meadowlark by Amy Swenson, knit in 2014 with Trendsetter Yarns Cash Woole. It didn’t fit until I lost 50 lbs. Still could stand to be blocked out some more, but I like it.
Tuesday, May 5 – Starlace Infinity Scarf by Pearl Morgan. Knit in 2013 with Bijou Basin Ranch Shangri-La that I inherited from my mother-in-law. She bought the yarn and discovered she doesn’t like knitting with laceweight yarn. I encourage her to buy more laceweight!
Wednesday, May 6 – a ‘s Gravenmoerse bobbin lace pendant. Not sure what year I made this, probably 2009. I get out of the habit of wearing my lace.
Thursday, May 7 – Vintage Vest by Linda Burt. This was knit in 2010 with Red Heart Sock & Sweater yarn. I don’t like the goofy thing going on with the notches, but I really like this vest and get a lot of wear from it in the summer.
Friday, May 8 – Tatted Celtic Knot earrings. Love these! Wear them all the time.
May 1, 2015
I’ve had a couple of items finished for a while now that I keep forgetting to blog about. These two items have been worn frequently since I finished them.
This shrug is called Verdant by Gina Bonomo. I downloaded it as a free pattern because it called for the exact yardage of a mystery yarn that was taking up space in my stash. It was a funny blue, worsted weight, somewhat thick-and-thin yarn that passed a burn test. I never looked at shrug patterns because they always looked tight and too small and I didn’t think they would look good on my body. I liked the look of the longer, flowing sleeves on this one. I made it a little longer than the pattern called for to use up more of the yarn and I absolutely love it. I wear it a lot – to work, bumming around, even over my pajamas! There’s nothing better than when a project surpasses expectations like that. You can see more info on my Ravelry project page.
The next project is the lacy scarf that I’ve talked about before. Once it was finished, blocked, and grafted I wore it for the next three days. Surprisingly the color goes with quite a lot. I like the reversible cables on the edge because they give it quite a bit of stability instead of it just lying limp around my neck. And the narrow zigzag lace pattern shows up no matter how it drapes. Since I love it so much and it was such an enjoyable knit I ran out and got another skein of the Winter Lace Junior yarn and am knitting it again in a different colorway. This one will probably be a gift for someone.
It pleases me so much when projects turn out better than I imagined!
There is a thing going around some of the sewing blogs where people use the month of May and wear garments every day that they made. I am going to try this, but my goal is to wear “something” I have made each weekday. I don’t sew garments, but between my hand knits and some of the lace jewelry and accessories I have this might be possible. We will see!
Here are some of the things you might see in the next month.
April 21, 2015
In February the Little Bobbins podcast had a little-a-long. Small items, small people, “little” in the name of the pattern, etc. That is why I knit the small stuffed heart in the last post. At the same time I got a hankering to tat my favorite heart pattern, so I actually made two at that time.
I have so missed tatting that I jumped at a request to tat a cat for a co-worker. She saw it on Pinterest and wanted it for a frame. I couldn’t find a reference to the original designer so I can’t credit that person. But if you know, please let me know. It’s a very creative design, the cat is very recognizable, and I think I would like to make more patterns by this designer. Here is the cat in process…I hope to finish it tonight.
I also finished my tea cosy with the little sheep on it. Loved the pattern, learned a lot. Did my first steeks, tried the Vikkel braid. The cosy fits my smaller teapot, but it is tight. I have a feeling this will be more decorative than functional for me.
February 20, 2015
A sweet little heart.
Even sweeter, for Emily and Ian.