The January Packages

The last package for the Fall in Full Colour Club arrived on the 16th (the day before the pattern was released) and what a lovely package it was. Inside was a lovely skein of handspun yarn by NewHue Handspun called BamHuey Lace in a colourway called “Crystal”. It also arrived with a Woolen Rabbit Handcream that smells like basil and does an excellent job at softening up the hands. I brought it to work where it will get the most use as that is where my hands dry out the most due to all the glove changing.

The yarn is going to become a very beautiful half hexagon shawl. I haven’t completely decided my opinion about this yarn and think I will save it until after it has been blocked. And yes I know I am very behind in posting the finished products of the other months! Hopefully I will be playing catch up in the next few weeks.

Another package came in the mail this month that had nothing to do with the club but contained the yarn I ordered for Sean’s Whitfield Jacket. I’ve already cast on as I want to get a head start on all my presents for 2012. The yarn is Briar Rose’s Robusta that I mentioned earlier I had custom dyed by Chris. The yarn is scrumptious and the colour has gorgeous depth. It is going to be one very warm jacket.

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Hazeline

Pattern: Hazeline by Anne Hanson for the September installation of the Fall in Full Colour Club.

Made for: me

Size: small

Yarn: Shalimar Yarns Breathless in “Hazel Leaf” (colourway exclusive to club)

Needles: 2.75 and 3mm circulars

Gauge: pretty close to recommended if not spot on

Started: Sept 17/11        Finished: Sept 28/11 (knitting complete on Sept 23)

The yarn chosen for this month’s club instalment was absolutely lovely. I very much enjoyed handling it as it felt so soft in my hands as I worked with it. The colourway was a bit unusual but still very pretty in the skein and even prettier when knit up. The yellow does pool a bit but somehow, at least with this pattern, it is not unattractive at all.

I have been wearing it quite a bit since the yarn is absolutely lovely and soft so it’s welcome close to the neck and it is quite a sturdy shawl so I don’t really have to worry about it snagging too much. Sadly though there never seems to be a camera around when I am wearing it so an effort had to be made for to get photos. I took it along on a hike and made sure to shoot some pictures!

I am really enjoying the club so far and now have two great accessories. Can’t wait to see what this month will bring!

Les Abeilles

Pattern: Les Abeilles by Anne Hanson

Made for: me

Size: petite

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.

Ishbel

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague

Made for: My mom (in exchange for some delicious beef)

Size: small

Yarn: 130 yards of brown handspun containing 1/3 each of quivet, merino & cashmere and a little over half a skein of Knitwise cashmere in cream.

Needles: 3.5mm circulars

Gauge: Umm I was bad and didn’t check.

Started:   May 22/11       Finished: May 27/11 (knitting);  June 20/11 (blocking)

Modifications: used two yarns to create stripes (and help the handspun go further).

This project was started earlier (we are talking April) in a completely different incarnation (a personal variation on the Haruni pattern) but ended up being ripped out twice before I finally decided to work on the Ishbel pattern and it flew off the needles with no frogging necessary. In my opinion that is always a good thing.

Sean thinks this is one of the fanciest and more difficult things I have knit. I don’t necessarily agree but if he thinks two colours looks fancy he is definitely welcome to that opinion (it is all a matter of taste isn’t it?). The pattern was very well written and fairly easy so not difficult in my opinion. However he is the one who had to listen to my not so happy comments about weaving in all those loose ends so he may be onto something with the difficult part. The finishing aspect is for me the least enjoyable part of any project especially weaving in ends, assembling by sewing or inserting zippers.

The weaving in of the ends is part of the reason it took so long to get around to blocking the item; the other part was the postal strike. What is the point of blocking it when you are going to have to wait forever to be able to send it to the recipient so you can post the pictures? I ended up doing it anyway since I had a few other projects that needed to be blocked anyway and I do love the magical transition that happens when you block lace.

Oh and my mother thinks it’s beautiful!

Pea Vines

Pattern: Pea Vines by Anne Hanson

Made for: Me!

Yarn: 1.5 skeins of Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPM) in a brown/green colourway (P315)

Needles: 3.omm needles to knit, however used 3.5mm needles for the cast-on to help ensure a lose cast-on edge.

Gauge: my unblocked stockinette stitch matched the one recommended by the pattern.

Size: mini (pattern has two more sizes, petite and tall)

Started: June 3/11                    Finished: June 10/11

I learned a new way to SSK for this shawl (to clarify I learned of this technique and applied it to this pattern). Instead of the slip the first stitch as if to knit and slip the second stitch as if to knit then knit the two stitches together through the back loop, you slip the first stitch as if to knit and slip the second stitch as if to purl then knit the two together through the back loop. It makes a much cleaner SSK that looks more like the smooth K2tog decrease, only it’s mirror.

I really enjoyed knitting this little shawlette and will most likely knit a larger size of it in the future. It is challenging enough because you do have to pay attention on both the right and wrong sides (although the yarn overs and decreases are only done on the right side) but it is not too difficult that is gets frustrating. It knits up awfully quick with the fingering weight yarn (I’ve only made lace with laceweight so this was a nice treat).

The one thing I would change about it however is the way the nupps are done. I tried the way recommended in the pattern and really did not enjoy that method (involved doing it all in one stitch on the right side) and I found it was really hard to get a smooth, pretty nupp. There is a good chance I will make this shawl again in the future but I think I will change the nupps to the way Nancy Bush does them as I find I prefer her way (the rapid increase of stitches is done on the right side and then they are all decreased on the wrong side) and find the nupps come out looking so much more charming (see Nanny’s Triangular Summer Shawl or the Madli scarf).

I love the colour of the Koigu. Although it is very variegated it manages to remain subtle while adding amazing depth to the yarn and the pattern. Since it is a fingering weight yarn it feels a little more sturdy than my lace weight shawls and might be more suitable to everyday wear.

There should be more finished objects making appearance soon on the blog, including the last secret project so stay tuned!

Saturday Morning Report

Last weekend was the Victoria Day long weekend and Sean, Piper and I headed up to the farm. It was a gorgeous weekend in Killaloe and much hotter than expected. Saturday was a family and family friends BBQ. There was lot’s of food, sports, conversation and beer, even Poppa’s famous wine. Most of us got on the wagon attached to the tractor and went for a ride to check out the new sugar shack for making maple syrup which is at the end of the hay fields where all the maple trees are. Nanny even wore the Triangular Summer Shawl by Nancy Bush that I made her for Christmas last year.  Doesn’t she look gorgeous in it? It’s the perfect size for her!Nanny and her shawl

I’ve recently decided I wanted to make a Shetland gossamer shawl and decided on the Queen Ring Shawl Pattern which I ordered from Heirloom Knitting. It arrived much quicker than I was expecting. These shawls are huge but so fine that you can literally pull them through a ring.I even already purchased the yarn for this pattern and got it at an amazing price! I put a penny in for scale so you could get an idea at the fineness. Now I just need to decide if I will use my 2.0mm needles or if I should go smaller.

I have also started working on this adorable pattern for a coworkers daughter. My coworkers daughter, Ella, is going to model a knitted object for me and this will be her payment.