Sunday, June 28, 2009

How'd I miss it? of my favorites of the "cheesecake" shots.....didn't Ms. Puppy (my darling daughter) do a fantastic job with the photography?

(ps - if you are on Ravelry there are even more pictures)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Summer Sampler Takes Flight

......or at least I enjoyed the lovely breezes for our photo shoot together!

.....and the views!

This has been a wonderful bit of fun and learning. Thanks to the internet, I finally learned to both knit AND purl backwards for the edging of this shawl. I had LOTS of practice on the edging and feel rather proficient at it now :-).

Thanks, Ms. Bad Cat for another wonderful design!

Project Name: Dusk Summer Sampler
Yarn used: Graceful, in "Summer Dusk"
Amount used: ~1355 yards
Yarn source: Yarn Place
Total weight: 75 gr
Needles: 2.75mm (US2)
Finishing method: Wet blocked
Finished dimensions: 24"x95"
Pattern name/source: Summer Sampler Study by Bad Cat Designs
Other notes, including techniques used: Knit return edging rows "backwards" instead of turning my work

A preview of coming attractions......

sounds rather dramatic doesn't it? Well in a way it is. I have finally (at long last!) finished my Dusk Summer Sampler project. It's blocking now. A post with cheesecake shots will follow but for now.....the above shot was bath time. The below view is a rather fuzzy shot of her blocking......

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MORE marvelous fun from the Bad Cat!

I have been behind in sharing that there is a Summer project for THIS summer with Bad Cat Designs. I highly recommend you pop on over to her blog and read all about it - better yet read the details and sign up for the group. It's not too late to join us for a fantastic series of projects, education and good company! C'mon, you know you want to :-).

A preview of my least my FIRST one for this series. I suspect I shall give in quite soon and start another.....

This particular version is in Bernat Baby. I confess that I am only using it because I want to make a baby blanket that can be washed, doesn't need reblocking and a first time mom doesn't have to worry about using but that also is lace. Acrylic, steam blocked, fits the bill. It's just that it squeaks while I'm knitting. Or maybe I've just gotten spoiled/accustomed to knitting with natural fibers and my fingers are no longer adjusted? In any case I hope it will turn out to be a very nice baby blanket that fits the bill and makes my deserving co-worker a happy camper :-).

.....and YES, I am coming down the TRUE home stretch for the Summer Sampler edging.......really, truly.......and am on my way to knit more of it right now!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A little detour

The Summer Sampler edging is coming along......
I finally found my rhythm with it so it's been moving along much more nicely! There is great hope for actual completion this weekend!

I took a little detour from it last weekend, though, to make these wristlets. They are actually helping quite nicely with flair ups of wrist aches. I really should try to keep a pair around for a change ;-).

Project: Rani (Knitty, Summer 2009)
Yarn used: Green Baruffa Bollicina
Amount used: 1 skein (~145 yds)
Yarn source: Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins
Other materials: #8 silver lined gold beads from Fire Mountain Gems
Needles: 2mm