Lots of knitting, and ripping and starting. Oh my.

May 27th, 2007

Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Danni Knits. Let’s start off with the easy stuff, shall we? I knit a quick and easy sample for Knitting Central this week from Runway Knits – the Russian-style scarf – knit with Karabella Super Cashmere and real fur. What a yummy knit! The Super Cashmere is amazing to work with – it just glides over the needles, and the next thing you know, you have this:

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This scarf is the perfect size to warm your neck. It feels like you’re wrapped in a cloud.

Next up:

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When I saw the Josephine top in the summer IK, I knew I had the perfect yarn for it in my stash, so I dug in and began:

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I got the back done, and really didn’t like it – the yarn I used, Berroco Cotton Twist, was a little too heavy for the pattern, and I knew I would never wear it. You’d think I’d notice this about half way through, but no, I did not. I knit the whole damn back. So to the frog pond I went. What to do with the yarn? I had taken it out of the stash, and it really didn’t want to go back, so I found (again) the perfect pattern:

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The lace tank from the latest Vouge Knitting. Several customers at Knitting Central have been knitting this up. Vouge is working on getting charts done for the double daisy/spiderweb pattern as the directions are quite confusing when you begin decreasing for the armhole shaping. They should have it posted on their website soon.

My progress so far:

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This yarn really wants to be this lank tank, and I’m having fun with the lace patterns. A win-win situation.

Next up socks, but that’s for another post. Happy Memorial Day! Be safe this holiday weekend!

This one’s for you, Mom.

May 14th, 2007

I finally finished my mother’s day present today – I know it’s a day late, but once you see it, I think you’ll understand. My mom saw this in progress at dinner on Saturday night – we celebrated a day early since we all couldn’t get together on Sunday (yes my mom is very accommodating and tolerant of her 3 daughters’ schedules!)

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The lacy yoga bag from the Summer Interweave Knits — that arrived on doorsteps last week, thank you very much. My mom always carries her sock knitting with her, so when I saw this bag, I thought it would be perfect for summer sock knitting!

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Here’s a detail of the lace pattern. I hate to say it, but it’s a simple lace pattern that works up very quickly. Of course, I already started a bag for myself!

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And here’s the lining – yes, fully lined!

Project specs:

Pattern: Lacy Yoga Bag by Alison Green Will, Summer Interweave Knits
Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Millefili Fine, color 9552, 1.5 skeins
Needles: US 6 & 7 addi’s
Lining: Joann’s Fabrics
Began: May 6, 2007
Completed: May 14, 2007

I hope all you Moms out there enjoyed your special day!

Dear Sock Pal…

May 5th, 2007

It was wonderful speaking (writing) to you through email. I’m looking forward├é to this little sock-knitting journey. The first part of the trip is easy: picking yarn. I’ve chosen Tofutsies in the Put Your Foot Down colorway.

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Hope you like it. Stay tuned for the next leg of the journey: Patterns.

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A big thanks…

May 3rd, 2007

goes to Mary. She gave me these beautiful knit cases this week:

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I met Mary a couple of years ago when she started coming into Knitting Central. She is an amazing knitter (yes you are Mary!) and kind and funny and a Wednesday favorite at the shop. She has mastered socks, lace, and now color work. Just check out those stitches! The little case is perfect for my ipod, and the larger case is perfect for one of my bad habits that I won’t mention here. Both cases will keep things from getting lost in my purse!

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Thank you again Mary. You are too kind, and I am honored.