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September 28, 2005

"Sursa" Shawl - Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton


Pattern: "Sursa" Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Book #2
Yarn: NORO Silk Garden Color #84 & Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky "Limeade" (yarn and pattern purchased at Twisted Yarns in Spring, Texas)

I knit according to the pattern with the exception of the ruffle. Two strands of the NORO Silk Garden are held together and knit and I did NOT try to match the yarn strands -- I wanted the effect of two contrasting colors held together (which is what the pattern calls for). I did my ruffle increases on the knit side (and not the purl side directed in the pattern). I did more increases (M1 - invisible increases) in order to make the ruffle more "ruffle-y." Had I had access to some shocking green Cash Iroha, I would have used that instead of the Bulky Lamb's Pride. This is an excellent advanced beginner's project, and in my opinion, you should spring for the NORO Silk Garden. It's amazing to knit.

Ravelry details can be found here.

September 27, 2005

Fluffa Knitting Blog

Cuff detail

I'm really partial to this particular knitting blog for a number of reasons, primary of which is the fact that she's my ever-so-helpful Pretty Posies blog hostess. Hers is one of the first knitting blogs I ever visited and most of the good stuff a beginner can glean will be at her Learn link. As I become more proficient with my knitting, I find myself going back to Fluffa! in order to find guidance and links to solid technical information such as "how to knit jogless stripes in the round." You can also find one of Becky's sweater designs in Stitch 'n Bitch (Peppermint Twist). Of special interest to me - her Audrey notes. I'm planning to finish my own Audrey (Rowan #35) soon.

Becky has a great sense of style and shares a lot of European knitting designs and patterns (Phildar) in addition to some that are more familiar to us American and UK knitters. Her non-knitting content is worthwhile, so even if you're not a knitter, you'll find plenty of reasons to blogline Fluffa!

September 25, 2005

Spared . . . this time

Hurricane Rita...

I'm Back!

I'm back and leading with my favorite knitting project this year - a Lace Capelet.

Romantic Lace Capelet for JLH

Lace Capelet

Pattern: Romantic Lace Capelet
Yarn: Kidsilk Haze - Rowan (I used Liqueur and Villain)

I visited Los Angeles in mid-May 2005 and picked up the Kidsilk Haze and the pattern at Knit Cafe in Beverly Hills. Until my sister spotted the capelet on one of their mannequins, I'd never thought to try Kidsilk Haze (too intimidated). However, within moments of my sister trying on the store model, I was fondling the Kidsilk Haze. As luck would have it, Mary-Heather had an awesome color to show me - Liqueur. I cast on right there in the store, with help from Mary-Heather, who had to walk me through my first cable cast-on (too tight of course - I ended up ripping it out and starting over a few days later).

This has been my favorite project this year, due to my overcoming my intense fear of Kidsilk Haze. And this is what was on my needles on the flight home from L.A. to Houston, accompanied by tears and earbuds (an iPod mix that my sister spent hours creating for me).

Prior to my trip to L.A., I deleted my previous blog and have since spent several months deciding what I want to accomplish by even continuing to have a blog. Basically, the only way I can exist with a knitting blog is to do it on my own terms. I want it to be a record of what I've been knitting, learning and discovering.