Archive for June, 2013

Tour de Fleece, Day 2

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

At the end of day 2 this is where I am at:

Tour de Fleece Day2

All of the fiber in yesterday’s photograph is now spun on the spindle. I have this one additional ‘cupcake’ of color that kind of goes with this. This is what I’ll spin up on Monday, followed by winding the singles off of the spindle. That is, unless I decide to ply without winding it off the spindle first.

Tour de Fleece

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Today is the start of Tour de France which means it is also the start of Tour de Fleece. This will be my first year participating. My only goal is to spin some each day.

This is my warm up day where I get back into spinning mode. I am starting with some fiber that was already on my spindle. This is where it was when I started:

TdF Warmup

The fiber is a mystery. It’s from a bag of leftovers. All I did was separate out the leftovers that were similar in color.

So far, so good. I’m currently going to physical therapy for my rotator cuff injury and wasn’t sure if this would impact trying to spin. As it turns out, it’s my left shoulder (the uninjured one) that is sore while spinning.

Cruise Socks

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Finally done! These socks were my travel knitting when we went on our Panama Canal cruise last year. When we returned from the cruise I set them aside to do Christmas gift knitting followed by test knitting. Imagine my surprise when I picked them up last week to find that only the toes remained to be knit. Instant gratification.

Do you like my little helpers? They must have thought the bright colors resembled carrots.

Pattern: Pomatomus by Cookie A
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in colorway Bittersweet
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Notes: Love this pattern. The first time I knit it I was really pushing my skills in terms of socks and knitting from a chart. I had to pay very close attention to every single row. Now, several years of experience later, the pattern is a breeze in which I only have to refer to the chart when the motif changes.

For fun, here is the first pair of socks I knit from this pattern (also knit with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock).

Pomatomus Socks

Alexia Shawl

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Yes, I know I’ve been missing in action. Today is my birthday and as good day as any to start blogging again. This year I’ve knit 4 projects, this is the 2nd one that I can reveal. The other two are test knits for patterns that have yet to be released and those will be revealed in due time.

For now though, here is Alexia! Seeing these photos really makes me want to find a pretty summery dress to pair this shawl with. Not that it does a bad job of dressing up jeans!

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Pattern: Alexia Shawl by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Artio Lace in colorway Heartsease.
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes:What a fun shawl! This shape was a new one for me and I was so excited to try it. I love how the detailed vertical panels separate the motifs and divide up the shawl. Once finished, the shawl seems to sit very nicely on the shoulders too.

The picot cast on may seem a little bit fiddly in laceweight yarn, but give it a try. Once you’ve done a dozen rows it gets easier.

I used 835 yards, 4.7 grams remaining. Finished size of from the neck down the back is 18.5 inches, down the vertical ivy lace pattern is 20 inches (I took these measurements today; the shawl has been off the blocking board for a month at least). This shawl was released as part of Anne’s Heroine’s Shawl Club. As such it will not be available outside of the club for a couple more months.

Don’t miss the gorgeous photos of this shawl that Anne’s photographer took. You can find them on here on Ravelry.

Just for fun – I was playing around with these photos in the free Photoshop application on my Surface tablet.

Alexia Shawl