Sunday, September 28, 2008
And here you can see Mary, showing off the shawl. It came out just as she had imagined it. She calls it "A rainbow over storm clouds." Thanks go to all the "SpinAndEats" who helped with this project.
And on my needles, another larger project I am getting close on. Here is Lyra, coming down the home stretch. I just can't wait to block this one. Very soon...
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I dyed some of my hand spun yarn too...
Here you can see the fleece drying...
And the yarn drying, left to right...goldenrod, tint of turmeric and cochineal (3 skeins), tint of walnut, cochineal, turmeric with a hint of cochineal. I just LOVE color.
Darling nephew, playing the accordion and doing a color dance.
And there is more to come...I hope some of you are weavers, because I will share the entire project once I am done. Until then, knit on (or weave on.)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Little baskets of this fleece (belonging to a sheep named Pretty Girl) from Pitchfork Ranch, soaking in hot, Dawny water...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I have some other crazy stuff to share, but I deleted the pictures by accident so it will have to wait...until then, knit on!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
1) She used JaggerSpun Zephyr in white, size 1US (2.25mm) needles
2) Her blocked gauge was 22 stitches to 4 inches (5.5 per inch) with final dimensions of 22.5 by 72 inches point to point. (Not including the longer point of the corners)
3) She added the extra twist in the corner like Kim did. To make it easier to graft, on the final corner she put the cable in one row early. Mary says: "This was the most fun pattern that I have worked on in a long time. Usually I stop part way through the edging because I am just bored of it, this one I was so excited to see what it would look like all together that I couldn't leave it unfinished." Didn't she do an amazing job???
The next gorgeous photo to arrive was from Michele, a week later (still pretty darn fast!)
Michele sent me the following information:
1) She used Cashwool #987 and 2.mm Addi lace needle.
2) Her finished size was 18" by 72"
3) Her favorite pattern was "Spiders."
Michele says : "Just wanted to thank you for sharing your design with me all summer long.
I looked forward to each installment and enjoyed each pattern." The cat says "You are so welcome!"
Mary and Michele will both be getting two balls of Lacey Lamb, in this lovely color, thanks to my Friend Jane at Jade Sapphire Yarn Company. THANK YOU, JANE! That way at least these two knitters will be totally ready for our Summer Sampler 2009, right?? (just kidding, I think...)
Please continue to send me pictures of your work, and I'll post another group of your Summer Samplers once I have a few collected. No more prizes except the joy of sharing your pictures!
I'll be back in a few days with some madness and mayhem. Until then, knit on!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Plum Lotus...along with Fern Garden and Queen Anne's Lace.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
To review my blocking procedure, I soaked the piece in cool water for at least 30 minutes. I rolled it in a small towel to get the extra water out. I put some big towels down on my old rug. I used many pins to pin The Sampler out, one pin for each scallop.
It was hot and I was still sore from back-packing, so my pinning job is not perfect. Wool is so forgiving! And of course, the gorgeous daughter shots....
If you send me your finished pictures I will have one final Summer Sampler post, showing off your work, gifting a few balls of Lacey Lamb and in general celebrating ourselves.
Between that post and today, I have a slew on new things to share with you, from new designs, to the PDF release of old designs, to workshops, to crazy happenings Chez BadCat. Hint: one item involves a fleece, a loom, 3 hours, and some wild women (and maybe one man...) Good grief! I will be back with details tomorrow. Until then, knit on!
Monday, September 1, 2008
To block The Summer Sampler:
Once you complete the final corner, weave in your ends, but don't cut them.
Soak your piece in cool water for at least 30 minutes (it must be fully wet.)
Roll it in a towel to remove extra water.
Lay it flat on a few towels over a blocking board or old rug.
Pin out each corner to about 25 inches by 72 inches.
Pin out each point of the edging (I used a total of 166 pins.)
Leave it alone until it is totally dry.
Remove the pins, clip the ends and take a nice picture!
To earn two balls of Lacey Lamb yarn:
Be the first two people to send me finished photos of your Summer Sampler! The fine print is that is has to really be the full pattern and it has to be blocked and photographed with care. If you didn't do all 12 patterns or did fewer repeats, or you didn't do the full edging it doesn't count. If you did minor modifications (like Kim's Corner or an alternate Grande Spiders) you are welcome to join the game! If you live outside the USA, only play if you are willing to pay postage. Look for the original comments about the Lacey Lamb game! (Maybe Canada if the postage is really the same, but I retain the right to verify that:)
I'll be back tomorrow with blocked pictures of my Summer Sampler and more! Until then, Knit on!