May 10, 2016

Simple summer shrug

Posted in Knitting at 7:46 pm by dianelaces

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I never thought a shrug would be something I could wear comfortably, but this time of year when I want to wear a cute top it is too cool to be sleeveless so a shrug is just the thing.  This was a free pattern and I used CoBaSi Plus. The silk and bamboo with the cotton give it a great drape and it feels luscious.  Now I think I want one in every color!

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April 30, 2016

I dreamed about knitting last night…

Posted in Knitting at 7:54 am by dianelaces

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I woke in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, and considered getting out of bed to knit. As soon as I realized the thought occurred to me , I was so happy. I’ve been going through some personal challenges in the last 6 months and have been unable to knit. When I could concentrate there seemed to be a disconnect between my head and my hands. For someone who always has a project in her hands this was very disconcerting. Yesterday I had a happy stop in my local yarn store and went to a friend’s house where I cast on for a new project. It’s a simple shrug to wear with a sleeveless summer dress , but it’s a lacy pattern and I love lace.  it was this project that made me want to get out of bed and knit at 4 o’clock in the morning! I hope I’m back.

April 10, 2016

Sweater screw up

Posted in Knitting at 2:38 pm by dianelaces

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Finished the body and started the sleeves. Just for fun I thought I should pin the shoulder seems to check the armhole depth and realized I shaped the wrong side of the right front. At least I only have to rip back to the armhole but I was really glad to be done with the stitch pattern!  It is a very nice design but I don’t find it intuitive or easy to memorize. Oh well, I like knitting and don’t mind doing more of it. At least that is what I tell myself!

This is the Banana Tree Cardigan.

October 3, 2015

Football season

Posted in Knitting at 10:03 am by dianelaces

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Happily knitting lots of points on my #scoreboardkal scarf.  This is my son’s senior year as a football player so I am knitting the season for his team – all in one scarf.  The Pirate colors are blue and white so I knit one row for each point scored by Galena in blue and one row in white for each of their opponents’ points.  The grey rows signify the breaks between games. When it is done I will join the end to the beginning and have an infinity scarf with all the scoring for the whole season. I hope to have lots more blue than white!

This morning I am sitting snugly in my warm camper knitting up last night’s scores. The sun is shining but it’s very windy outside so in a minute I’m going to go out and wander around the campground and see who is here this weekend.

July 4, 2015

Blocking

Posted in Knitting at 7:40 am by dianelaces

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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

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!

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