Sunday, November 22, 2009

Little Gifts...Plain and Fancy

With holidays coming fast, we all need a few small gifts that can fly quickly off the needles, use modest amounts of yarn and please a wide audience. Each of these project uses one skein of the specified yarn. As an added bonus, these project each involve more advanced techniques for lace knitters, and we could all buff our technique... The Green Spiral uses one skein of AllHemp 3 from Hemp for knitters. It has a center start, a simple spiral pattern and a knitted edging. Lots of good lace technique to practice on this one!

The finished Spiral is perfect on your table and looks great with my nice pots. It is equally as pretty as a wash cloth, and a crocheted loop is optional. This piece is about 15 inches across.

The Purple Square is also knit in the AllHemp 3, and is started at the center. This is another good piece for practicing that center start.

The finished Purple is 13 inches square and can be used as a table centerpiece or as a bath cloth. You can see the optional crocheted loop in this version.

The third project in the pattern is The Bronze Square. This one is knit in Marks and Kattens Linen (153 yards in 5o grams.) It is the simplest, and is a squares with a border pick-up and worked around. The techniques include using a provisional cast-on and and picking up a lace border.

The Bronze size is 11.5 inches square and it works as either a table center or a wash cloth. This piece and a fancy bar of soap are perfect as a hostess gift or stocking stuffer for the fussiest people on your gift list!

The pattern, which includes all three projects, is available now at my Ravelry Pattern Store. Knit on into the Holidays!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Summer Squares Festival!

I have some amazing work to share with you today! Following are photos of finished projects from The Summer Squares Suite, with some details below each photo. I grouped the projects together, starting with The Summer Squares Blanket:
These two blankets are knit by Sue:
"Summer Squares Blanket #1 and 2: US 5 needles, Colourmart Exotic Cotton in Pale Leaves, Red Clay, River Sand, Hot Sand, Pale Earth, Single crochet chain to lace corners." I envy the lucky people who gets these beauties!

Next we have a couple of Dark Star Stoles:

This is Malle's Dark Star, made with "Knit Witch Yarn 100% Superfine Alpaca."
This is Sue's Dark Star (with Rocky)
"Dark Star: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles, 1 skein of Aurora Whisper in green, 1362 yds." Rocky looks pleased...

We have a few Blue Quartet Blankets next:

This version is from Sue:
"Quartet blanket: US 6, Colourmart Exotic Cotton in Pale Leaves and Silver Sand, 1 skein each 1100 yds. Modified the easy edging to 10 stitches with some YOs."
Mary Rose did this unique project borrowing elements from a few!
She calls it: Summer Mash
"Elann Norweigian Sport Wool (discontinued) and Knit Picks Telemark Wool
size 6 (US) needles
Elements of Summer Blanket (joins and edging) Golden Eye (border) The Blue Quartet (extra garter between the squares) "
This Blue Quartet is from Malle:
"Knit with Adriafil Snappy Ball, cotton."

These two photos are of Cara's Blue Quartet:
"The Quartet was knitted following the original directions with no additional repeats. I used Colourmart 4/28 Cashmere and a size 5 needle. Finished size is about 39 inches square."

Finally, we have a slew of Golden Eye Shawls:

This version was knit by Mary Rose (with TDQ):
"Golden Eye : Valley Yarns Hand-dyed 2/14 in Tapestry
size 4 (US) needles
modifications: added extra border repeats to enlarge the shawl"
This is Malle's version, and is knit from wool yarn.
This version was knit by Sue:
"Golden Eye: US 5 (3.75 mm) needles, 2 skeins of BBKnits laceweight in color "Peachglow" for a total of 1760 yds. I knit three extra repeats of the border. Hope to use it as a baby blanket!"
Cara knit this version:
"Golden Eye was knitted following the original directions with no additional repeats. I used Colourmart 2/16 Merino/Angora in green and knitted with a size 3 needle. Finished size is about 36 inches square."
Knit by Colleen Archbold:
"Knitpicks Shadow colour heathered blue, 3 skeins
3.75mm needles
I worked an extra round in the border.
size 8 beads, triangle fuscia lined light blue
Loved every minute of this project:)"
This one knit by Lara and she used Bernat Baby yarn.
Jean knit this version
"Yarn : Cashmere wool blend yarn 24 S/2
Needle size: 00 1.75mm
Color : Turquoise
Size: 45” square
She made 9 border repeats!"

The Summer Squares Group will be wrapping up, and the full suite of charts and patterns (all 40ish pages) will be available shortly. The individual patterns will also be available. Keep an eye on my Ravelry pattern store.

I can't thank all of you enough! The project was made so much richer by your willingness to share your finished work with me (and everyone else!) I hope all of you enjoyed the process as much as I did. I put all your names in a hat and asked LucyFur to close her eyes are pick one, but she reminded me that she does not have opposable I asked BadKitten to do it instead.

The winner of my small Summer Squares Festival Post gift is:
Email me privately with your mailing address! The yarn and beads above will be on their way to you!

Finally, stay tuned! I have a nifty winter project in the works, and this one will be blog-based and great fun. Until next time, knit on!