Saturday, April 3, 2010

Variation on a Theme

If you look closely you will see that this beautiful silk scarf is knit in the same pattern as the cream colored scarf that Jenny is wearing in the 12/30/2009 Christmas Presents Post. The pattern is featured on the cover of the 2008/2009 Vogue Knitting. I love the pattern so much that I wanted to knit it a few different ways just for fun. This version was a birthday present for my BFF, Nancy, in January. The yarn is one 270 yard skein of Silk Twist by The Great Adirondack Yarn Company in the Kenya colorway. A beautiful scarf for a beautiful lady.

Monica's Accidental Sweater

Well… my gauge was way off on this one (note to self: ALWAYS knit a swatch!). I meant to knit a size large for my friend, Marita, and I ended up with a size small that fit my friend, Monica, perfectly. All’s well that ends well ;) I loved the construction of this jacket and the lack of seaming. I did have trouble figuring out the instructions for the increases of the raglan sleeve. I want to thank Ravelry friend, woolnutzi, Susan, in Boston, Ma for her help. She went above and beyond with her diagrams and emails in answering my questions and staying with me until I “got it”.

The pattern is Mona's Jacket from the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits. Here at Ravelry. I knit it with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande in color number 798, green heather. It's a gorgeous green color with a hint of lavendar running through it. I knit this during the Winter Olympics and finished a day or two after they ended.

Even though my gauge was way off I am completely happy with the finished product and Monica is thrilled with it. She is a knitter and spinner too so she got a chuckle about the error of my ways as well as a beautiful heavenly soft baby alpaca jacket :) I hope to have a picture of Monica wearing it soon to add to the story.

In a Perfect World...

In a perfect world you find cute little clogs on sale that are a perfect match for the socks you've just finished knitting. Here is the delightful Nelly modeling her Christmas present from Auntie Val. Sometimes everything turns out perfect :)

Red for Kerry

This is my beautiful niece, Kerry, wearing the shawl I made her for Christmas 2009. The swatch shows nice detail of the stitch pattern. I enjoyed this pattern but I did keep putting it down to work on other projects. Red is Kerry's favorite color and I wanted to knit something beautiful for her Christmas present. The pattern is Rococo Shawl by Elena Rosenberg. It is available on her Etsy site at My niece, Jenny, bought me this pattern last year and I'm thinking there will be a soft grey version sometime in her future. I knit Kerry's with Cascade 220 Quatro in color #5013, a chili pepper red.