October 27, 2013

Off the Needles: Quaker Ridge Shawlette

My Quaker Ridge Shawlette is done.  The weather here has been damp, rainy and cold so the best photo I could get was the one below.  It was going to start raining when I took this picture so hopefully I can add a better photo soon.
Quaker Ridge Shawlette by Susan B. Anderson
I am very pleased with how this turned out and as I have mentioned in previous blog entries I love the combination of the two yarns I used.  Ravelled here.

I am feeling under the weather today so I think I am going to spend the afternoon with my knitting.  It's time to start a new project but I am not sure what I am going to do.  Look at this pretty skein below.  I picked up two skeins of this Malabrigo sock yarn in the Primavera colour way and I just love it.  But I don't know what it wants to be yet!  Any suggestions?
Malabrigo Sock Yarn
I am also very tempted to try out Amy Herzog's CustomFit program.  This program will help you design a sweater after you have given them your body measurements and swatch gauge.  I think I will knit a swatch and give it a try.

The picture below was taken through my classroom window.  I think I have the best classroom for scenery!   It was early morning and the sun was shining perfectly on the trees. Canada is so pretty in the fall.  Have a good week everyone.

October 17, 2013

On the Needles: Quaker Ridge Shawlette

Last weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving and I was so busy preparing for that meal that I didn't have a lot of knitting time.  This week I am trying to make up for lost time.  I decided to get started on using that Sweet Georgia Yarns Merino Silk Fine that I bought back in August

 and have started the Quaker Ridge Shawlette by Susan B. Anderson.  Here it is:
Quaker Ridge Shawlette
The softness!  I combined Sweet Georgia yarn with one strand of Filatura di Crosa Superior yarn.  What an incredible combination.  I wish you could touch it...it's just lovely.  I swear I would have a lot more done if I didn't keep stopping and feeling it!  Ravelled here.

October 6, 2013

Off the Needles: Tanis Fiber Arts

I have been a member of Tanis Fiber Arts Year In Colour Club for the past two years.  Six times a year Tanis mails out a skein in a new colourway with a pattern.  I always admire Tanis' skill with colour. This colour, Mosaic, is one of my favourites this year.  It is a combination of "gold, spice and dirty denim" to quote Tanis.  The yarn is in Orange Label which is a mix of cashmere, silk and merino worsted weight yarn.  It is so lovely to knit with and this colour looks spectacular in the sunshine.  The pattern that came with it is called the Framed Slouch.  This hat pattern has cables and was a fun knit. The brim can be folded up if you want less slouch.  I will be definitely knitting another one and I am sure it will prove to be a very popular pattern once it is widely released.
Framed Slouch

Another knit that I finished this week is the Inspira Cowl: the Steampunk version.  I bought the yarn at The Knitter's Fair in Waterloo a couple weekends back...check out my info here.  I love working with a yarn that changes colour...it's so much fun to see what colour combination is coming next.  I used the recommendation from the owner of the The Needlework Emporium and cast on 150 stitches and didn't do any decreases.  I really like the way it turned out.
Inspira Cowl

There is nothing like a fast knit!  As for my Pull Me Over sweater I have run into a bit of trouble.  As I mentioned in an earlier post I had decided to knit long sleeves at the last minute and sadly did not have enough yarn.  So I ordered more Madelinetosh hoping that the dye lot would be very similar to the yarn I already had knitted.  Unfortunately the yarn that arrived this week looks too different to use.  So I have been ripping out the one long sleeve to make it 3/4 length and adding that yarn to the other sleeve. I am not sure if I have enough yarn to make that second sleeve 3/4 length.  I will work on that sweater later today and see what I can do.  Very frustrating.