Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Shades of Purple

and alpaca baby sweaters. We love both.

I didn't knit this... Kersti did! And it's loooovely. A nice little jacket for a wee one. It's got a nice weight to it and is as cozy as can be (or so I would imagine if I had one on myself). I think it's perfect for a nice fall day stroll. Hard to think about when the weather is finally being so agreeable, but we knitters must think of these sorts of things- no matter what the weather. We know that chilly air will roll around again someday. We must be prepared.

Button shot.

The yarn? Frog Tree Alpaca Sport weight knit double throughout.
The pattern? Mac and Me pattern #046.

We brought this sweater to the Knitter's Frolic and it was loved lots.
And have you heard the story of Frog Tree Alpaca? I will spare you details now but click on the link if you're interested. All I'll say is it's fair trade, it's alpaca and it's from Bolivia. What's not to love?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Flowers and Felt

Sigh... I just thought you might like to see what's happening in "Mary's Garden" these days. Lovely- no?
I'm a sucker for pretty pink flowers.

Not only are the flowers budding, the projects are popping off customer's needles at a staggering rate. Look at these fantastic purses made by a customer! She made six of them originally but my Grandmother has already snagged two of them. I don't blame her! These things are heavenly. So heavenly in fact they were just too sweet not post here. They must be seen!

Yarn? Cascade 220 knit double strand.
Pattern? From Ella Rae's felted purse book.

Fun to knit, even more fun to accessorize with.
I think I'm in love.
I also think my purse collection is about to get bigger.
Excuse me while I cast on.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Another Scarf- only different

A project inspired by a customer- the Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary flower scarf by Nicki Epstein. A customer came in wearing it this past winter out of left over merino she had in her stash and I was entirely enamored by it.

While in Long Beach, CA in January for TNNA, my mom and I stopped at the local yarn shop to see how a yarn shop with no winter operates (well, winter as we know it). They had kits made up to knit this lovely scarf and I just had to indulge. You know when you're just craving a wee little airplane project? I knit the majority of the scarf in my hotel room and on the plane. Every knitter needs to purchase a yarn souvenir while traveling so this was mine.

All of the flowers are knit separately and quickly which is completely satisfying- only downside is that you have to sew it all together. That's what took me so long. Not that it took THAT long to sew it up, it just took me a long time to get around to doing it. I procrastinate like that- a lot.

My sister dearest was wearing the perfect outfit yesterday to go with the scarf. Isn't she lovely?
Even more lovely for agreeing to be my model yet again.

Have I worn it yet? Yes. To Canada Blooms. What better place?

Want some details?
Yarn- Alchemy Yarns Silk Purse, 3 skeins
Needles?- 3.75 mm
Pattern? Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary Scarf by Nicki Epstein
Would I do it again? Heck yes.