finished : started

Finished: Diamond Rib Socks in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Hydrangea. Soft, cozy, scrumptious.

Size 2.25 magic loop needles.

Started: Peruvian Poncho. The pattern is Wrapped Up by Susanne Sommer (Sosu). The yarn is various skeins of baby alpaca that I bought on our trip to South America last year. These are from Lima, Peru. I’m not sure if I’m going to use all 7 skeins. They are all different colours and it might be a bit much, but then again it might work. I’m making up the colour progression as I go.

Yarn is 4 skeins of Indiecita Alpaca DK and 3 skeins of Inka Tradition DK, all 50 grams each. The needles are 4.5mm circulars. The garter stitch really makes this soft and cozy. That seems to be my requirements lately. Soft and Cozy.

I’m trying my hardest not to cast on another project. But I may slip up and do it anyway!

Silk Road Wrap

The long and winding road…

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This pattern was a long time in the making and lived many different lives. It was a long skinny scarf. It was two panels sewn together, it was a shoulder wrap and finally it is a poncho.

I started this as a light summery wrap to take to Italy, way back in 2014. It turned out longer and skinnier than I really wanted, but I do still wear it as a long scarf. Lace is such a nice thing to wear wrapped around your neck, especially clutching bowls of delicious gelato!

Gelato anyone?

Next I did two shorter but deeper panels and tried sewing them together to make a top/poncho type thing. But no… I didn’t like the way it draped. The panels weren’t long enough and I had wings. So…. I ripped that one out before I had a chance to even take a picture of it! This was something I knit on our trip to China and Southeast Asia last March 2015. (and played well into my idea of calling it Silk Road)

Versions Three and Four: a shorter shoulder wrap that I still like. I wear it with a shawl pin. I knit the 4th one (below) on our cruise this last March 2016 around South America. It was an epic trip and I got a lot of knitting done, and I was inspired to keep at it and get the pattern written by our fabulous knit group on the ship. Oh my, I miss our knitting sessions in the martini lounge!

But as soon as I finished this, I thought… Hmmm no, what I REALLY want is for it to be longer so I can sew it up along the top edge and wear it like a poncho.

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I reworked the numbers and repeats, braced myself for knitting it AGAIN  and voila, the fifth and final version!

I used about 900 yards of lace weight yarn. Warning: there are a lot of stitches in each row. For the Roman Stripe pattern, the stitches almost double for 2 rows…. a mind-boggling 520-ish stitches! But it goes fast, I promise!

This is lightweight, soft as only merino-lace can be. I’m looking forward to wearing it this summer as a cool cover up over a tank top.

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Right now I’m offering the pattern Free for the month of May. (It will be $4 starting June 1).  It’s my birthday today and I wanted to give you a treat and a thank you for supporting our little yarn business. The link is here to the Ravelry page.

Enjoy and happy knitting!

knitting along

I’m going to do it. And it starts today. I’ve got some yarn dyed and I just downloaded the pattern. My goal is to have it done when the KAL: Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along ends, so I can wear it at our Clendenin Family Reunion in June, in Ohio. I think it will be perfect (hope hope hope).

I’m going to knit the Bonny, a lovely sleeveless lace shell with a gorgeous detail in the bodice. It’s lightweight, it’s knit in the round and should (hope hope hope) take one skein of lace that I dyed last year.

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Bonny by Emily Wessel for  Tin Can Knits.

Since it’s bottom up, I will do a provisional cast-on. That way I can add a bottom detail if I need it a little longer for my tall torso. And if I run out of my 880 yards, I have lots of lace leftover from other projects to add at the bottom. I think a little colour blocking would be interesting.

Time to start winding that yarn and pour more coffee!

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