Well, THAT was a fast knit!!
I finally knit my first Shetland Triangle. It was such an easy pattern to memorize. I always recommend reading your knitting once you learn the chart so that your knitting flows.
This yarn worked extremely well with the Lantern Moon ebony needles. It glided along easily. The shawl bloomed nicely when washed. It blocked beautifully and dried quickly.
The only thing is that when the shawl is near my skin, the yarn has a few prickly hairs that poke me sometimes. I don’t know which of the fibers in the blend does this (the blend is cashmere, merino, silk and camel). I’m thinking the camel but not sure. It feels like the stubble from a man’s 5 o’clock shadow. Doesn’t HURT but it can be itchy to wear – I have to move the shawl away from my face sometimes. I tend to wear my shawls like bandanas in the winter, like a bandido. So when the hairs start to poke me, I just loosen the ties (I tie the ends under the flap you see there, under my chin.)
Otherwise my shawl is nice and cozy. I had so much fun knitting this one that I immediately cast on for another: Anne Hanson’s new Caricia. I’m using some stash yarn, Dizzy Blonde Studio’s Superwash Sock in a BRIGHT yellow color named Doris Summer Orchard. I think it will be very lovely for Spring. I’m into the 7th repeat of the pattern and I started this on Saturday. The pattern takes some time to get used to. I posted some tips to make it easier on my Rav project page.
- Source: Wrap Style
- Size: 11 repeats. After blocking, it seems to have shrunk a tad. It measures 50” wingspan x 30” long. This is so weird! I thought it was going to be at least 60” wingspan… Oh well, it’s still nice.
- Yarn: The Fiber Company Road to China Light (2.8 skeins, 445 yds total)
- Color: A Rosi Rose :o) (well, the ball band says Ruby)
- Needles: US 7 (I used US 9 for the bind-off)
- Cost: $33.60
- Started: January 25, 2009
- Finished: January 31, 2009
- Mods: I did 11 repeats instead of the 8 the pattern calls for.
If you’re like me, you have a bunch of single skeins in your stash that half the time you don’t know what to do with. Most are probably hand-painted yarns that are difficult to find patterns for.
I can help with a few of those.
Let me introduce D’Lado – a quick hat and cowl set from ONE SKEIN of Brooks Farm Solo Silk.
That’s right, one skein for BOTH of these.
The hat starts off with an I-cord edging. You pick up stitches and knit a twisted rib. Then follow the charts along to create a cute swirl at the top with hidden crown decreases.
The cowl is knit as if it were a scarf, back and forth, with built-in I-cord edges. You then seam the back to create the cowl.
Both of these will take you about 3 days total.
So, pull out your most gorgeous, soft, handpainted yarns and get to knitting!!
D’Lado – A Hat & Cowl Set
- Source: Rosi G.
- Yarn: Brooks Farm Solo Silk (about 220 yds for the hat and 184 yds for the cowl)
- Cost: I got the skein at Rhinebeck for $18 – that means a hat AND cowl for $18, ya’ll!!
- Needles: US 7 for the cowl; US 6 and 7 16″ circular and dpns for the hat.
- Started: December 20, 2008
- Finished: December 23, 2008
Holiday knitting is running rampant around all blogs. I needed to do a few myself. My favorite so far is the noble cowl for my Big Boss attorney.
It’s modeled here by the gorgeous Amy (vespagirl on Rav). I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in a beautiful charcoal gray. The pin is from Nicholas and Felice (my new favorite shawl pin etsy shop). I purchased several as gifts this year. I LOVE them.
So, how is your holiday knitting coming along?
A Noble Cowl
- Source: Emily Kausalik (Free Rav download link)
- Size: Largest
- Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (0.92 skeins, 177 yds)
- Color: Charcoal
- Needles: US 7 for a looser drape (the pattern calls for size 6)
- Cost: $4.83 for the yarn, $18 plus shipping for the pin, the kick-ass combined gift (IMHO): PRICELESS!
- Started: December 3, 2008
- Finished: December 6, 2008
- Mods: The OCD in me changed the k2tog in the beginning of the lace sections to ssk’s to mirror each other.