Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April Snow--Again!

Woke up to this weary and all too familiar scene:

By afternoon it was all melted.  I feel better now.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April Snow

Winter weary Minnesotans woke up to more of it this morning:
On a happier note, I am almost finished knitting the wrap.

Friday, April 08, 2011

The Noro Hat I Promised

In this post I promised a hat from the leftover yarn.  Here it is.  

Pattern:  My own
Yarn:  Noro Kogarashi, colorway #10, 51% silk and 49% wool.
Needles:  US #8 and US #10
Comments:  For some unknown reason I decided that I'd soften the colors in the hat with a strand of Rowan's Kidsilk Haze.  It does make the hat warmer and softer but the mittens and the pom-pom look slightly different.  
When I was knitting with this yarn, I really didn't like it much.  But I really do like the way the projects turned out, and I will probably like them even better after they have been in the closet all summer.  Sometimes I feel like I get "too much" of a project and have to shelf it for awhile before I can truly appreciate it.

The Cotton Wrap

Several times on vacation I have come across three-button cotton shawls.  They always look so pretty, in various yummy colors and soft cotton.  And each time I said the same thing we knitters always say, "I could make one of those."  

Well, here is my beginning of that very piece.  I chose a soft cotton that is wrapped with a thread to make it appear nubby; it gives the knitted stitches an irregular look, which I think I like.  It's Classic Elite Yarn's Sprout--100% organic cotton in the Glacier colorway.  It seems light for a bulky yarn, so I'm hoping that it will be comfortable to wear.  It has one buttonhole with three buttons.  But I haven't purchased the buttons yet.  I'm thinking grey coconut buttons, which will be big and light.

Now, I must say that I have made only a few shawls but don't wear them very often.  That's one reason I probably wouldn't make an intricately patterned lace shawl any time soon.  My question is, have you made a shawl, and do you wear it often?