June 3, 2015

Me Made May – week 4

Posted in Knitting, Tatting at 6:28 am by dianelaces

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 
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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

Me Made May – Week 3

Posted in Knitting, Tatting at 7:52 am by dianelaces

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Me Made May – Week 2

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting at 3:16 pm by dianelaces

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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May 11, 2015

Me Made May – Week 1+

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting, Tatting at 3:07 pm by dianelaces

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Friday, May 8 – Tatted Celtic Knot earrings.  Love these!  Wear them all the time.

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May 1, 2015

Finished objects

Posted in Knitting at 1:11 pm by dianelaces

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.

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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.

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It pleases me so much when projects turn out better than I imagined!

Me Made May

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting, Tatting at 4:52 am by dianelaces

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.

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April 21, 2015

Small Things

Posted in Knitting, Tatting at 11:40 am by dianelaces

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.

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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.

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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.

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February 20, 2015

Hearts

Posted in Knitting at 9:59 pm by dianelaces

A sweet little heart.

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Even sweeter, for Emily and Ian.

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February 9, 2015

Project updates

Posted in Knitting at 12:27 pm by dianelaces

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I finished my Rhinebeck sweater!  I am so happy with how this turned out and I’ve gotten tons of wear out of it already.  I love the fit and the knitting was fun.  It is a project that I would consider knitting again.

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Also, I have sheep emerging on my tea cosy.

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I started a lace scarf that I plan to join the end to the beginning for an infinity scarf.  I’ve been missing the Orenburg lace, so I found this scarf with a reversible cable on each edge in an old issue of Piecework magazine (2009).  I’m using the Mountain Colors Winter Lace that my mother-in-law gave me.  No idea of the colorway since she didn’t have the ball band any more.  It measures about 12″ now since I can hardly put it down.

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And if that wasn’t enough, I wound the yarn for another pair of socks for Ted.  Yep, I cast them on this weekend.

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January 18, 2015

Tea cosy knitalong

Posted in Knitting at 10:59 am by dianelaces

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The Tilly Trout podcast group started a tea cosy knitalong on Monday. I bought and wound the yarn Monday but didn’t get a chance to cast on until Saturday. Getting used to managing stranded knitting again has taken some time but this morning I feel like I am back in the groove of things. I chose this pattern because it has steeks in it, which I have never done but have been itching to learn. Also, I did my first Vikkel braid and I love the look of that technique. I will probably pick up some simpler knitting for football watching this afternoon. The thing about color work knitting is that you want to keep going to see that pattern develop!

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The sheep feet are starting to emerge!

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