Friday, August 21, 2009

A Few Finished Things

My handspun scarf has been finished for awhile but I finally got around to blocking it. Pattern is the Yarn Harlots One Row Handspun Scarf.
Ravelry Link
handspun ribbed scarf

This picture has the truest colors.
2handspun scarf

and a full length shot
Handspun ribbed scarf 2

The second finished object is a Flame Stitch Shawl made from a new 75% Bamboo fingering weight yarn from SRK called "On Your Toes." This is a very soft yarn; fabulous to knit. The stitch pattern was given to me by SDAHT on Ravelry. I designed this scarf not realizing that it was the same stitch pattern I'd used for my Evelyn Clark's Shetland Triangle until I'd knit a full pattern repeat.

flame stitch shawl

the scalloped edge (this photo shows the best stitch definition)
flame stitch shawl edge

and the backlit shot
Flame Stitch Scarf back light

Lastly, Charity Knitting: I've been knitting caps for a friend's church that has a few people going to Tibet. I don't know why they're going but they wanted to take something for the children but they are only allowed to take one carry-on bag. It was decided that knit hats could be tucked into any empty spots in their luggage. I've knit two hats for them to take.
charity hat

And the Red Scarf Project. This is my second year knitting these red scarves. Last year, who knows why, my scarves were crocheted. This year I'm back to knitting scarves using Marble Yarn
Marble Yarn

I'm making Li's Reversible Herringbone Rib Scarf. (Leave a comment on her blog asking for this free pattern)
Reversible Herringbone Rib Scarf 2

This is a great pattern that is interesting to knit but not so difficult that you can't watch TV.

And I stumbled over a display of Hatch Peppers while in our local Bristol Farms. I've always wanted to go the the Hatch Chili Festival this is as close as I've ever gotten.
Hatch Peppers

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Sample Knitting

One of the Perks of working in a Yarn Shop is that you are handed yarn and get to knit things that you might never knit for yourself. I was handed a One Pound Bag of Pagewood Farm's Sock Bites and told to knit samples. Here's what the nearly 1200 yards of fingering weight yarn looks like out of the bag.
Pagewood Farm Sock Bites
What can you make with a bag of sock leftovers???
Of course, my first was a bit of Entrelac.
Entrelac Sample

Several sizes of Mitered Squares was my next thought.
Mitered Squares Sample
Sorry about the strings and unblocked look.

Many people have been making Barn Raising Squares with their sock left overs which means Sock Bites would be perfect for this project.
Barn Raising Sample
There are several varieties of sock yarn from PageWood Farm so some squares lay flatter than others.

My most recent idea was the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Chevron Scarf Sample

I still have lots of yarn left.
Sock Bites left overs
I'd love some other sample project suggestions.

Mean while out in the garden...

The Dill has gone to seed. Doesn't it remind you of lace?
Dill Lace
(or is that just me with knitting on the brain??)

I'm drawing a blank on the name of this plant at the moment. Anyone??

Looking Southwest through the Jacaranda in the front.
Good thing this is a tight shot otherwise you'd see all the dead lawn! The water restrictions here are tough; we're only watering the large trees in the landscape.

One of the Cycads in the backyard. I love the color and texture in this photo.