Saturday, August 28, 2010

Some lace...

I've recently finished some lace projects...not to be confused with lace weight.  I love lace patterns because they are so forgiving.  Lace stitch patterns tend to hide changes in my tension much better than garter stitch and and even more so than stockinette stitch.

I was fortunate enough to do another test knit for Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops.  The Snow Drops & Snap Peas patterns can be purchased individually or as an e-book set.  This set is a great gift giving knit because they're such quick and easy patterns.  I finished each mitt in one evening and the hat only took a few more.  I will be donating this set to the Salinas High School 20 year reunion's auction to benefit the Mr. Getris Scholarship Memorial Fund.
Color: Blue Lagoon - VM160 

Color: Blue Lagoon - VM160  

This next lace pattern was just something fun for me.  After a summer of test and sample knitting, I wanted to knit something just because and just for me.  This vest is perfect!  It will still be warm for more than a month so I'll get to enjoy it without long sleeves for a little longer and it will help keep me warm in the cold office at my new job!  :-)  Oh...and have I mentioned how wonderfully soft this madelinetosh yarn is...heavenly!  
(Yes...another crummy self portrait, but look at that sky and those Rocky Mountains!)
Color: Rose

Saturday, August 14, 2010

2010 Rockies Stitch 'n Pitch

Last night marked the annual Colorado Rockies Stitch 'n Pitch.  A group of us from a local knitting group carpooled down to participate in the festivities.  I didn't actually get much knitting done as I ended up messing it all up shortly after the game started.  All was well in the just allowed me to watch more of the game.  The Rockies pulled thru with an exciting win! 
Rockies Stitch 'n Pitch
That's me (in the pink) working on Crystal.
Photo courtesy of Emmy

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


When I say that in my head I feel like Harry Potter.  :-)

This is a test knit I did for Through the Loops - Kirsten Kapur.  It's a beautiful triangular shawl with such fantastic texture...the wrong side is just as beautiful as the right side.  My gauge, of course, was much smaller than the pattern.  I'm such a tight knitter and should know better but I always think I can block it out.  When will I ever learn that blocking is not a cure-all?  :-)  Anyway, regardless, this is still the largest shawl I've knit to date.  It's so beautiful!  I know I keep using that word but I can't think of a better adjective.  It's the pattern, the texture, the color, and of course...the yarn.  The yarn was so soft and wonderful to knit with and only increased exponentially after washing. 
Ravelry: Curatio
Yarn: madelinetosh - Prairie
Color: Winter Wheat