Pattern: Les Abeilles by Anne Hanson
Made for: me
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Silver Label Mulberry Silk in the Stormy colourway
Needles: 3.0mm circulars
Started: June 9/2011 Finished: July 17/2011
I made this to be a nice light summer shawl that won’t be too hot if I wear it outside but warm enough it will take the chill out of any AC room I walk into. I think the silk helps accomplish this very well, not to mention the drape is phenomenal. The pattern is beautiful but still very simple so it is nice and casual, which is the way I dress the majority of the time but I think you can dress it up too. A perfect wardrobe addition!
I have been wearing it quite a bit since I finished it but it has been taking me a long time to get pictures taken so I could post them on the blog. I guess I have been spending most of my time taking pictures of Frankie.
Today was the perfect day to take pictures modelling it as I just got my hair cut therefore it was styled very nicely.
A little while back I signed up for Knitspot Fall in Full Colour club which means for every month from August to January I get a package with a skein of yarn in a custom dyed colourway and sometimes a little extra and then I download the pattern to go with the yarn on the 15th of that month. It is the first yarn/pattern club I have joined and the main reason I joined it was because Anne Hanson of Knitspot is one of my favourite designers and bloggers and I think she has impeccable taste. So I figured if what I was going to receive was a surprise at least I’m upping my odds of loving everything since there hasn’t been one design or hers or her yarn choices that I have disliked; there are just some that I like more than others.
Today the first packaged arrived (early to boot). She was mailing out the Canadian packages first to make sure we got them around the same times as those in the USA but by some fluke Canada Post has got them to us super fast (which is really nice but I doubt repeatable). I received a lovely skein of Spirt Trail Fiberworks Nona yarn in colourway Autumn Aurora (which is exclusive to the club) AND a lovely project bag. Now I just have to be patient and wait for the 15th when I find out what this lovely skien of yarn is supposed to become! (PS did I mention there is silk and cashmere in this skein!)
Not that that’s a bad thing. Saturday we ran some errands, one of them being a run to the Purple Purl. I wanted to pick up Ysolda’s new book that just came in and pick up some needles. Sean needed to pick some yarn for his mother’s holiday gift. I went through and selected some patterns that would work with the yarn he selected and he chose the one he thought his mother would like, a Anne Hanson pattern, because he liked the look and he said something along the lines of well you like her stuff and it always turns out nice. He also picked up some sock yarn for his next pair of socks when I finish his current ones on the needles (he now has to buy his own sock yarn as he has very good taste and always selects the top pickings from my stash that I want to use for me).On Sunday we had swapped desk spaces and we went to Ikea to pick me up a new desk as the table I was using was never really suited to be a desk and I was just making due. I assembled it while someone napped and started working on the spare bedroom. It is finally looking like a room instead of storage space! I will try to remember to post a picture once the room is a bit more organized.
Today I made crepes with strawberries, whipped cream and maple syrup as well as some oatmeal cookies with dried cherries and dark chocolate nuggets. I don’t have any plans for the rest of today and I think I will spend it knitting and sorting through what needs to be done in the spare room.
I started work on a baby sweater for my friend Mandi who is expecting her first munchkin to appear in the end of December. They aren’t going to find out what sex they are having so I have to make sure whatever I make looks good for either a boy or girl. I’ve decided to try Tanis’s Sunnyside Baby Cardigan with the cables. So far it is working up lovely but I am not particularly fond of the way Tanis writes up her patterns. I find for the raglan increases she has way too many markers placed into it and then she tends to ignore some of the markers and make mention of others which can be quite confusing while increasing. Needless to say I have paired down on the number of markers I am using.
The hitchhiker scarf now officially lives with my Aunt Lynn who loves it (I got a very email from her describing what she liked about it and all the different ways she can wear it).