Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fresh and Fun

Hi Knitters,
I am in the midst of editing the pages of my book this week. The deadlines are still lingering about for me. Photography has been taking place over the last week, so that is exciting but there is still so much to be done. This morning, while shuffling book pages back and forth, I did squeeze in some yarn winding while taking a short break. 

I started the Piper's Journey Shawl, by Paula Emons-Fuessle of the Knitting Pipeline. It is a hard one to put down partly due to the squishy Quince & Co. Chickadee dk weight yarn and partly due to the quick, simple and clear pattern. Working with the Iceland heathery gray, 100% wool is a treat. There is such bounce to the garter stitch fabric. It appears that this will be a fairly quick and addictive knit. I'll keep you posted.

I am trying out some new needles, US size 6, 4mm, that were gifted to me. I'll tell you more about that later with a complete review.

I love seeing that raglan increase line develop as you work from the neckline down on a top-down cardigan. I keep picking this up for a couple of quick rows and putting it back down to do my other work. As the rows get longer and longer it isn't such a fast moment to complete two rows. Once I get past the armholes I suspect it will move very quickly. What an easy, easy cardigan pattern. This would be a perfect first cardigan pattern for a new sweater knitter. Ribbing and stockinette and you are done!

Click here for more information about the Calligraphy Cardigan, by Hannah Fettig.

A new handcrafted item recently added to the wicker table, next to my comfy studio chair, is the mosaic coaster my son made for me. I just love it so much. Every time I set my hot coffee mug or my big glass of ice water down on it I stop to admire it for a moment.

Can you see what it is? It is a piece of buttered toast made from cuts of glass. I love how he made the pat of butter melt out, too. I make this particular son toast every single morning, sometimes four slices at a time, so it is a fitting gift between us. I am a sucker for anything my kids make. Can't get enough.

In staying with the fresh and fun theme, I was sent an enormous stuffed to the brim box of some of the yummiest, squishiest yarn around in a fantastic assortment of weights and colors! I can't believe my good fortune lately. It was just sent for fun. I now have a huge project planned using this yarn because it is so compelling. I will hopefully get a chance soon to start sharing progress on this one! It is just so tempting right now, I seriously may have to move it out of my eyesight until I get these pages edited.

You should have seen TC and me opening the box of yarn. We were ridiculous with the squeals and ooohing and aaahing. It was pretty funny and I am glad to have a partner in yarn crime around here. I'll tell you more about this later. 

So now it is back to work for me.... I am leaving you today with an incredibly cute and funny and knitterly video put out by Webs (one of my favorite yarn shops). I am sure many of you have seen it already but it is worth putting up to be certain you don't miss it. One of the main points of appeal is the star of the video. I think her name is Emma and she is simply adorable, likable and funny. The whole thing is spot on. Well done to Webs!

If you are interested in all of the knits Emma is wearing in the video, click here for the blog post with all of the project information. 

I keep this blog G-rated so I hope you don't mind the curse word (sort of) in the title. There isn't any cursing of any sort in the actual video, it is completely family friendly.

best, susie