Blue…

September 3rd, 2007

…the color of choice these days.

First up, the Lacy Butterflies Scarf designed by Shirley Paden for Vogue’s 25th Anniversary Issue. When I saw the photo, I thought “nice.” But then I looked at the chart, and thought “oh my god, I have to make this scarf!” Shirley has done it again! This is an interesting and challenging knit. I had the opportunity to discuss this pattern with Shirley, and she generously sent me her notes to her knitter, along with a copy of the pattern. She is an amazing designer and teacher, with a kind and generous nature. Her passion for knitting shows in each of her designs. I only hope to be able to do this pattern justice. I chose Blue Sky Alpaca’s Alpaca & Silk. I’m working on size 5 Addi Lace Needles. And I’m loving every minute of it!

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Next up, French Girl’s Daphne Shawl. This is my current easy, mindless knit. I chose Be Sweet’s Bamboo – such an amazing yarn. And the deep rich hues are meshing with the pattern. I should have this finished just in time for chilly fall nights that can’t come soon enough!

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Lastly, some charity knitting – mittens for Caroline House. I’m using odds & ends. Another easy, portable project. And such a quick knit!

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I’ve also been working on a super secret project for Knitting Central.

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The Knitting Central Sock Club has just been announced. It features an entire year of socks designed by staff members at Knitting Central (aka the sock junkies!), and features the best hand-dyed sock yarns available today. Here’s how it works – every other month of the year you receive an original design and sock yarn (and maybe a few goodies along the way!). A Yahoo Group will be the place to go for support and to see what others in the sock club are doing. The designers will be available to help sock club members through the journey, and will give tips and tricks along the way.

My sock design is up first at the end of September! We all got to choose the yarn, and then design the pattern specifically for that yarn. You’ll just have to wait until the end of September to see what I chose and why. Some of the great things about this sock club are: all original designs exclusive to the sock club; you can give us one color you absolutely do not want on your feet, but we will choose the most beautiful color for you; and sock club members will receive different colors of the same yarn so you can see how the pattern compliments any color of the chosen yarn!

Go to Knitting Central to check out the sock club and sign up today! Membership closes September 29th, so hurry up!

Hope you all had a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend! Happy unofficial beginning of Fall!

Snuggles for one and all!

July 2nd, 2007

A while ago, I stumbled upon the Snuggles Project, a program of Hugs for Homeless Animals. The Snuggles Project was founded by Rae French in 1996 because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters without a bit of comfort to call their own. Picturing them in their hard cold cells made her heart ache to do something to help. So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called “Snuggles.”

An idea began to take shape. I have a big stash. I could make lots and lots of “snuggles” for the Snuggles Project. This is what I have so far:

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Two done and one in the works. The bright orange and pink one is from my little sister. I had three blankets complete, but one went to my other sister’s new puppy to give her comfort and help her adjust to her new home.

After the first “dishcloth” blanket, I got bored, so I decided to design some blankets in memory of a few much loved and missed pets.

The first – Oliver’s Blanket, in memory of my crazy, wild and lovable cat, Oliver.

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The second is Snoop’s Snuggle, in memory of my sister’s dog Lehigh, aka Snoop, the sweetest of all sweet dogs in this world. (In this photo, Sally is seen modeling the blanket. Sally is the blind puppy my sister adopted from Help Orphan Puppies.)

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I was going to put these patterns on my free patterns page, but I’ve decided to offer them for sale, with proceeds going to Help Orphan Puppies, a rescue organization dedicated entirely to puppies. They accept all puppies into their program, regardless of abuse, injuries or medical needs, or breed.These snuggles also make great receiving blankets for newborns! Knit in worsted weight yarn on larger needles, they knit up quickly and easily. A great stash busting project!

Oliver’s Blanket
$4.50

Snoop’s Snuggle
$4.50

The Snuggles Project is a very good project for kids and people learning how to crochet, knit or quilt because the Snuggles don’t have to be perfect. The animals love them any way they can get them. All that is required is that they be made with love. Check with your local shelter to see if they participate in the Snuggles Project. Most shelters also accept donations or towels in the name of the Snuggles Project.

Go hug your pets! And dive into that stash for some Snuggles!

Oh Baby!

June 8th, 2007

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Pattern: Baby’s First Aran, Nashua Bloom Booklet
Yarn: lane cervinia Madrid, color 2002, 3.5 skeins
Needles: US 7 addi’s
Modifications to pattern: Knit in round up to armholes to avoid seaming
Began: March 3, 2007
Completed: June 3, 2007
Recipient: Caroline House

One down, one to go.

March 21st, 2007

I finished the first of the rib and cable socks. This sock fits perfectly! It’s warm and snuggly, and I can’t wait to get the second one finished. Let’s hope SSS (second sock syndrome) doesn’t kick in.

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I also completed the front of the aran baby sweater. I’m now in SSH (seed stitch hell) as the sleeves are completely seed stitch. You’d think I’d notice before starting the pattern, but I was distracted by the lovely cables.

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I’ve also been working on something for the Snuggles Project (Hugs for Homeless Animals). I’ll post about that when I’m further along. If you have some machine washable/dryable yarn marinating in your stash, head on over to the Snuggles Project and see how you can help!

Happy Spring!!

Sick day knitting

March 8th, 2007

With a cold seriously kicking my butt, I’ve been able to knit a little on the aran sweater. The last two days have been *wake up, chicken soup and tea, knit a little, sleep, rep from *. I’m getting a bit bored, but at least I’m knitting! Here’s my progress so far. I modified the pattern to knit in the round up to the armholes (I do hate seaming!). The back is complete, and the front is almost complete. Next the sleeves, and I’m done.

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Oh, the new Knitty is up. Some cute stuff this time around; great sock patterns! One of these days I’ll get around to submitting a pattern. Now I’m off to nap…