Birthday Knitting

July 6th, 2007

Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes! I had a great few days – took off work, turned off the computer, and enjoyed the beautiful summer weather. And I knit, of course!

This gorgeous yarn – Claudia Hand Painted Silk Lace, Urbanfever colorway:

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wants to become the Large Rectangle Shawl with Leaf and Trellis Pattern from Victorian Lace Today. I completed 8 repeats of the pattern so far – it’s moving right along. This yarn is so amazingly soft and sumptuous, and so easy to knit. The lace addi’s help too!

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Next up on the new projects list is a sock – go figure! I’ve wanted to knit the Child’s First Sock pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks for quite a while, and this yarn was screaming at me to knit it up:

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The yarn is Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering Weight in the Peony colorway. I love it. Soft and squishy with just the right coloring. The pattern is easy to work once you get through the first repeat – you can tell where the pattern is going, and there is no need to refer to the pattern. Same with the Large Rectangle Shawl. I love it when it’s easy, but doesn’t bore me.

I also finished this little crochet bag for my twin for our birthday:

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It’s the Slouchy Purse from the latest Interweave Crochet designed by the Crochet Dude. It crocheted up so quickly and easily. I’m definitely going to be doing this pattern again. The yarn is a mystery – pulled out of my stash with no label. I know – bad knitter crocheter!

Now, it’s back to reality. Have a great weekend!

Amazing Crochet

February 12th, 2007

This is not your grandmother’s crochet! Doris Chan has written an amazing crochet lace book inspired by old-fashioned lace but updated with today’s style. This is the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl (the one on the cover). I used SWTC Twize – love this yarn. The tweediness, softness and drape combine to create the most amazing fabric. It’s a little splitty, but worth it.

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Now go crochet something amazing!