Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Did Someone Say Granny Square?

Here you go.

I don't know why I have been putting off 'blogging' about this.
I have wanted to toss this baby into some Eucalan first, but let's be real- you don't know whether I have or not, right? Not through your computer monitor- RIGHT?
Let's just pretend I have.
Pretend that it's 'officially' done.

If you have spoken to me at all in the past four months, you will know how much I completely love this thing. That doesn't mean that I wasn't happy to see the final round of 'single crochet' edging behind me, it just means that I loved every double crocheted step of the way. I loved the colour. I loved the rhythm. It's the most addictive addiction I've ever had.

I began this blanket on a trip to a friend's cottage over the Canada Day long weekend, and I just continued on from there until six balls of Noro Kureyon Sock were all gobbled up. Each ball was a different colour and I did my absolute ultimate best not to obsess over which colourway I was going to go for next. I didn't want it to look like I had "over-thunk" it. You know? But when you have six different colour ways of Noro all in one project, I believe that it's likely impossible to make it look "over-thunk".

Anyway, here are the deets.

-6 balls of Noro Kureyon Sock (I have since lost all of the ball bands, although I tried to keep them all contained in a Ziplock bag so that I could report back to you which exact colours I used)
-1 ball of Drops Alpaca (to do a few rounds of single crochet around the edge)
-3 mm crochet hook
-Hours and hours of going around and around in circles- I mean squares.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

And We are Proud

And wouldn't you be proud of this?
I didn't make it- but a CUSTOMER did.

And, uhm, it's sort of the first thing they've really ever made.

Now are you impressed?

Thought so!

The yarn?? Oh, the yarn is so fun. And we had fun picking the yarns with this knitter! It's a bit of this, and a bit of that all knit two strands together throughout, to make this beautiful masterpiece/ Christmas gift. (It's not even December and she's already done a Christmas gift! I think she's on the right track here). Basically any yarn that grabbed the knitter's eye, got incorporated into this shawl.
That's the beauty of it.

The pattern is a free one from Estelle Designs through the link, or in the store. Just ask next time you're in.

I just had to brag a little.

Is that allowed here?


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Clever Me, Not so Clever Cat

Oh wow. I'm back. Apologies for the absence. I've been busy knitting. But now I'm back. With Projects to share.

I gave you a wee sneak preview when I was telling you of various things I was thankful for- and here it is in the full.

A Noro entrelac scarf.
The pattern?
A free one (who doesn't love free?).
And a good one (who doesn't love free and good?).

The pattern is Danica from Knitty.
The yarn is four balls of Noro Kureyon.
The finished result is loooove.

I whipped this baby off in no time because once I got started, I just couldn't stop. It was heavenly-addictive!
And I have a customer to thank for that.
A lovely customer (you know who you are), asked me if I would ever consider teaching a class in entrelac. I agreed enthusiastically before even realizing myself that I had never even tried it. (I have a tendency to get ahead of myself).
Am I ever glad I did though!
What fun!
What a lovely effect!
ESPECIALLY in self-striping yarn.

Doesn't this scarf make me look like such a clever knitter?
I want you to think I spent hours and hours knitting strips and weaving them all together.

OK- that's enough out of me.

Time to go to work.

But I leave you with this little bad man.

Do you know what that is?
Of course you do.

But do you know what it is SUPPOSED to be?

A sweater for my cousin's new baby.