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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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!


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.