Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Mini Clapotis

Coming late to the Clapotis party, and like many others, taking a long time to decide which yarn to use... I finally met and fell in love with the Marina colorway of Prism's Bon Bon (100% rayon). (12.18.09 - Update: made another one using colorway Rio Fantasy)

My new favorite yarn shop, River Colors, had only 3 skeins (88yds each x 3 = 264yds). I debated about ordering a bag but decided to be prudent (the new me) and try to get a mini-clap out of it instead. I actually wanted a mini anyway.

You can see all three skeins in the picture: 1 hank, 1 wound ball and 1 on the needles. Depending on how you measure the
length, I am getting about 20-22 inches from 1 skein, so it should work out perfectly (so excited!).

Bon Bon is a worsted wt. and I used a US9 needle. I did one set of the 12 increase rows + rows 1-6 again. I got over 5 sets of the 12 straight rows + 8 more rows from the one skein. The width of the scarf after dropping the sts is 7.5" spread out and 4" when allowed to roll. The rayon is nice and drapey but it's the color and shimmer that is spectacular, I don't know how Prism does it.

This is my first experience with this company and I can see myself getting hooked on it for life.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Celebrity Jester Hat

Apparently, celebs are buying this hat for their little ones so I wrote a pattern for toddler size, 16" circumference. It will be available for download at a price of $2.00 as soon as I can set it up with Paypal and Ravelry. My designs have been sold in a yarn shop but this is my first time selling online and it is a learning experience for me.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Baby Jacket and Hat in Kertzer Super 10

The jacket pattern is the "Baby Albert" from Sally Melville's The Knit Stitch.
The yarn is mostly Kertzer Super 10 mercerized cotton, also sold as Tahki Cotton Classic and other names.
The hat started out to be "Ribbons and Bows" from a book called Baby Knits, Hats and Booties by Debby Ware, et. al. I didn't like the finished look, probably due to my choice of yarn, so I morphed it into a baby jester type hat. (btw, you'll just want to hug the baby models in this book - unbelievably cute!)

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Farewell to the Knitting Garden {deep breath, sigh...}

The Knitting Garden in Westlake, OH - where I have spent the last two years teaching classes and helping people with their knitting - has closed. I will miss the camaraderie of many wonderful women (Christine, Jackie, Dawn, Robin, Debbie D., and Debbie G, Joan, just to mention a few). We have promised each other that we would meet on a regular basis to knit together.

I am still sad for the loss but there is some good news - I still get to do what I love the most... help people with their knitting. I am now with River Colors Studio in Rocky River, OH (just down the road). I got to meet lots of nice knitters this week and Erica Gadomski, the owner, a talented artist, is great with color and a very nice person.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Gathering Intentions, kind of....

I just love cable sweaters, especially cardigans because they can be opened to let in a little air. I had some Cascade 220 in color 4002,a dark charcoal color that looks good with everything. I chose the Gathering Intentions pattern by Fiona Ellis in her book, Inspired Cable Knits

I decided to add a zipper down the front and because the yarn was a different gauge (because I used a US7 to get a firmer fabric) I had to add extra cables here and there.

My desire to wear this is overriding my true knit-yearnings. I am choosing this project over the others just so I can get it done AND WEAR IT.
The back and one sleeve is finished so I may have a FO to post soon.