Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sangria Gallery Post!!

We are finally wrapping up the summer project (and not a moment to spare, as the winter project is coming very soon!)  The summer group is closed but the pattern file is available at my Ravelry pattern shop now.  Here is the link!

Without further ado, enjoy the work of the summer knitters!  Details about each project are below the photographs.

Cynthia Peek

Ravelry name:  Femknit

Yarn and how much yardage:  Lara’s Creations, Starlight Entrée, in Berry Smoothie, most of 875 yards

Beads and how many:  Less than half a tube of size 8 8R203 Gold Lustered Pink from Beads at Dusti Creek in Portland, and a small amount of size 6 Czech glass beads in Amethyst Copper from Jo-Anns.

Needles size and finished size of project:  Knit Picks size 3, 70 inches across the top, and 47 inches to the center point

Comments:  This is another beautiful creation.  The simple designs are very effective, and the recommended yarn was delightful to work with.
Ravelry name:  Stamax
Yarn and how much yardage:  Posh Yarn, Sadie 2 ply lace weight
Beads and how many:  Silver lined Amethyst 8/0 and 6/0
Needles size and finished size of project:  US 3,  finished size 27 x 70 inches
Comments:  Beautiful design and delightful to knit!  

Ravelry  dcharrison

Yarn  Ruby Slippers Sparkle (lace weight) from Sheepy Time Knits - yardage: used

Beads  from Charlene's Beads
        Silver Lined 8/0 #8-11B (MA) Ruby Rose
        Rainbow 6/0 #6-256A (MI) Champagne

Needle size:  US 3 (3.25 mm) ChiaGoo needles

Finished size:  62" wide x 32" deep (approximate based on 2nd shawl - forgot to measure this one before sending it off)

Comments:  Lovely knit, unfortunately or fortunately I chose nearly the same color as another shawl had been done in & given to the same intended recipient - so I got to do a 2nd Sangria!
Name  Cindy/KS

Ravelry  dcharrison

Yarn  Earthen Ruins (lace weight) from Sheepy Time Knits - yardage: used

Beads  from Charlene's Beads 

        Silver Lined 8/0 # 8-4A (MA) Dark Golden Amber
        Rainbow 6/0 #6-256A (MI) Champagne

Needle size:  US 3 (3.25 mm) ChiaGoo needles

Finished size:  62" wide x 32" deep

Comments:  Another lovely knit!
Dolly Donhauser

Ravelry name: dollydonhauser

Yarn  and how much yardage: Anzula Cloud in Candy Apple, 119 grams

Beads  and how many: Fusion Beads: SB2843 Size 6 Silver Lined Ruby Red Rainbow Round Japanese Seed Bead, 30 grams

Needles size and finished size of project: size 4, 55" wide by 27" high
Mary Rose

Ravelry name, marydear

Yarn  and how much yardage:  Bernat Baby (the old style with no nylon in it)

Beads  and how many: none for this one

Needles size and finished size of project: US 4

Comments:I am not sure of my yardage as I used up lots of partially used balls of baby yarn that I had in my stash, and had to scramble at the end to come up with enough for the edge!

Mary Rose

Ravelry name: marydear

Yarn  and how much yardage: Lara's Creations Starlight ColourWave in Sangria

Beads and how many: 3 different types and LOTS

Needles size and finished size of project: US 3

Comments:  Andrea, you did it again...another really fun design to knit!  I had a ton of fun knitting it, and as soon as I steal it back from The Drama Queen I am sure I will have as much fun wearing it!

Jeri Riggs

Knitbird on Ravelry

Yarn: Eileen Fisher Linen chain yarn, don't know how much. Size 6 needles.
Size 38in. around chest
No beads

Comment: I adored making this vest and especially loved Chart A. When I got to the end, I felt it wasn't long enough, so I added the extra tier of ruffle using the final Chart again. I couldn't bear the thought of ripping it out to make it longer, so I thought a ruffle might be fun. I used silver toned buttons every 10 rows to add some flash. Thanks for a delightful knit, Andrea!


Ravelry name: spinnerj

Yarn  and how much yardage: Handsome Fibers Moll Flanders (80% BFL/20%silk) in the California colorway. Just under 100grams (875 yards per skein)

Beads and how many: Fusion Beads size 8 transparent light amber round Japanese seed beads

Needles size and finished size of project: size 3 needles
Thank you Andrea for doing this!  I am not sure of the finished size since I sent it off before I measured it.


Ravelry Name: Cali1951

Yarn: Lara’s Creations Starlight Fairy Blue
Needles US 3 3.25 mm

Beads: TOHO silver lined aquamarine 8/0
TOHO silver lined crystal 4mm cube

No extra repeats of any of the charts
Finished size 68” x 33”


Ravelry Name:  Cali1951

Yarn: Brown Sheep Legacy Lace (about .7 of skein)
Needles US 3 3.25 mm

Beads: #8 Toho Gold lined Crystal beads
            3mm Toho Gold Lined cube beads

No extra repeats of any of the charts, but all rows of Chart D completed
Blocked measurments 72” x 36.5”
As usual a FANTASTIC design. There is enough variety in each section to keep from getting bored and yet
Each section flows so naturally into the next. 
Thanks Again Andrea for such a great design.

Name: Catherine

Ravelry name: Isis

Yarn used: Hand Jive Knits Nature's Palette Silk and Wool Laceweight
How much: about 1145 yards

Beads used: 8/0 Triangles TR8 401FR Matte Black AB  from the Beaded Frog, a local shop (286) and 6/0 Dark Peach Lined Crystal AB from Earthfaire (47)
Needles used: US 4

Size of project: 70" across the top x 

Dawn Gayer

Ravelry name:  dawnadair

Yarn:  Posh Yarn Gretchen Lace - less than 875 yds.   

Beads:  Size 8 seed beads - purple with an irridescent finish

Needles:  US 3

Comments:  I only did one repeat of Chart B and did the full number of repeats of Chart D.  This was a fun project, and I enjoyed knitting along with everyone.  Thanks, Andrea, for another lovely pattern!

Cheryl Barnett

Ravelry name: Cheryl219

Yarn and how much yardage: I used JojoLand Melody, 3.6 skeins, 792 yds, 724 meters

Beads you used and how many: Beads were supposed to have been size 8 (Czech beads on a hank) but they were certainly much smaller - I even broke the crochet hook trying to add clue how many I used
Needles size and finished size of project:US size 5, 3.75mm
Forgot to measure the finished shawl and now it's with my daughter

Comments: LOVED this knit!!! It was involved enough to keep me from getting bored but not nearly as intricate as Sugar Plum Fairy which I had just finished before starting this. I loved the flexibility of making it larger or smaller, depending on what you wanted and the yarn available.

Another fabulous pattern from Andrea...


Ravelry name:  eblitz

Yarn  and how much yardage: Lara’s Creations Starlight Entrée, 875 yards, 100g

Beads  and how many:  Miyuki Size 8  #4220-Duracoat Galvanized Eggplant for body of shawl (perfect match), Czech Glass Size 6 Amethyst for edge

Needles size and finished size of project:  Size 6 Chiagoo Lace circular needle, size:  62” wide, 28” deep

Comments:  A beautiful pattern and very interesting to knit.  
Sue in CA

Rav name:  Monksqueedunk

Yarn:  Skein Vintage Lace in color "cherub"
            Used about 800 yards

Beads: from Stash. I had 20 gms but used about 10.  No color available
Needles:  US 3

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Summer Project is Open!!

The Sangria Lace summer project is open!  Is you want to join either send me a payment via PayPal or send me an email requesting an invoice.  The cost is US $6.50 for a summer of great knitting!  My email address for PayPal payments or to request an invoice is

The project will be presented in installments and you will have to join my special SangriaLace YahooGroup to participate.  You will get a group invitation once payment is received.  All the files will be posted at the YahooGroup.  The pattern is charted, so you must be willing to work from charts to enjoy yourself.  If you have any questions please drop me an email and ask.  You are welcome to leave a comment here but be warned that unless you include your email address in your comment I will not be able to reply to you.

There are more details and a material list posted here!

Let the fun begin!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012


My summer 2012 group project is about to go live, so if you are interested in joining me here are the details!

First, the group will open on July 1st and I will update the blog with those specs late this week.  The cost will be U.S. $6.50 for a great project and some yummy drinks!  We will cast-on mid-July and be done by late August.

Second, I will give you a materials list in case you are interested!  The summer project is a change of pace from our last two projects.  This will be a top down triangle that can also be made as a square.  It is great vacation knitting.  All the charts can repeat and the final chart can be added to any of the previous charts.  In fact I consider this project to be the perfect wedding party project.  You can make several shawls that are related but different.  Plus we are going to sample different Sangria recipes and you can knit and drink Sangria.  It works for me!  Here is the basic material list:

Materials for the Triangle
-1 skein Starlight Semi-Solid Entrée from Lara’s Creations, shown in Crushed Boysenberries.  The yarn is 75% superwash Merino, 20% silk and 5% Stellina and has 100grams and 875 yards per skein.  100grams of yarn with equivalent yardage and some Merino wool content will work.  I suggest using either a semi-solid color, one of Lara’s gradient colors, or a yarn with very long color repeats.  The design offers several possible points to add or subtract repeats, so any fine yarn can work, from cobweb to a light fingering.  If you choose a finer yarn get more yardage.  As for color choices, I suggest a color that makes you think of a summer fruit!  Berries, peach, melon….
-20 grams of 8/0 beads to match your yarn.  Shown in Japanese F023D, matt silver-lined Plum.  Choose something that matches your yarn.  You will need more if you want a larger piece.
-10 grams of 6/0 or E beads with some contrast to your yarn.  Shown in Czech crystal-Bronze lined Ab.  These are for the final edge, so a little zing is good.  You will need more if you want a larger piece.
-US 3 (32 inch) circular needle or size to get gauge (or with a gauge that pleases you.)  If you exceed my gauge you might need more yardage.
-US1 or 2 crochet hook for bind-off if you use the crochet bind-off option as shown
-US 14 crochet hook or size to fit your yarn and beads
-Waste yarn for provisional cast-on
-Yarn needle to weave ends
-Blocking wires and pins
-Stitch markers if you like
-For a square you will need twice the amount of yarn and beads (and more for a larger square) plus a set of 5 double point needles and a set of circular needles in up to 40 inches.  Seriously, you can make this any size you like as long as you have enough yarn.

Now for the Sangria drink materials, and mind you there will be a new recipe each time I post new charts:
One bottle of dry rose wine.  Mine is a French Rose.  Some fruit liqueur.  I had some Triple Sec in my wine closet, but if I had a better liqueur I would use is!  Some summer fruit.  I had strawberries, white grapes and a nectarine.  You also need ice.
 First cut the fruit and fill your pitcher.  I diced the fruit and left a few larger pieces over for the wine glasses.
For my petite pitcher I used 3 shots of the Triple Sec to 2 cups of wine.  You can vary this based on how sweet you like your Sangria.  Chill it and let the fruit soak for a few hours.  When ready to serve put a few ice cubes in each glass and pour!

I will be back at the end of the week with details about how to join the group.  In the mean time start considering you materials and make some Sangria!

Friday, June 8, 2012


I am thrilled to tell all of you about this gorgeous new book I am honored to have a design in.  Check out this link to read more about it, plus see a list of participating designs.  It is really WOW!  The design is my "Queen of Hearts" from Vogue Holiday 2012 and I love the photography in this book.  Actually, I love everything about this book!  It is a hard-cover, elegant and full of nice designs, plus is working on raising awareness about women's heart disease.  An amazing combination!  Did I say I love the photography?

Do you want a copy???  I know you do!  So leave a comment telling me you want one.  Be sure you include your email address in your comment.  Blogger does not always do that for you, even if you sign in.  The publisher has kindly given me a copy to share, so one lucky person will get it!  Winner will be selected randomly at midnight and I will post tomorrow to tell you who the lucky winner is!

Monday, June 4, 2012

SugarPlumFairy Gallery!!

Without further interruptions, I bring you the 2012 SugarPlum Gallery Post. If you want to see even more finished projects check out the Ravelry page!  If you scroll down to the end of this post you will see the Gallery Post prize winners, selected randomly, because all these knitters are winners!  The full pattern will be available on Ravelry soon, but if you want it now you can join the project group, which will remain open for now.  Details are here.  Details from each knitter are below their photos!
Name Annie Ham
Ravelry name: weaverannie
Yarn used: Drops Lace
Needle size: 2.5 mm
Comments: The beads are hardly visible, but are really nice in this shawl.
Name: Annie Ham
Ravelry name: weaverannie
Yarn used: a machine knitting yarn somebody gave me when she stopped machine knitting.
Needle size 2.5 mm.
Comments: I took this with me on holiday to France and knitted on and on: there were so many beads on the yarn! In the end, back home, I just stopped.

Name: Cindy Harrison
Ravelry Name: dcharrison
Yarn: Colourmart 2/36NM Cashmere/Silk in Pale Lilac
Needles: 2.75mm / US #2 ChiaoGoo Lace circular needles
Size: 36" wide x 68" high
Comments: I loved knitting this, but it really became a pleasure when it just suddenly clicked in Chart 4 so that I didn't have to constantly look at my chart once I had done a repeat.  It was given as a gift to my niece, who modeled it for me as well.  I used Beads from - Toho #269 - 1.5mm squares transparent lavender ab
& Toho #269A - 8/0 seed beads lavender lined iridescent

Name Cynthia Peek
Ravelry Name femknit
Yarn used Colourmart Cash Silk 2/36 Colour 703282
Needle size US 2 (2.75 mm)
Finished Dimensions 6’ x 33”
Comments Another stunning design, and the yarn you suggested was one I would never have tried!  This is an amazing piece of art.

Name - Dawn Gayer
Ravelry Name - dawnadair
Yarn used - Colourmart Cashmere/Silk 2/36NM
Needle size - US 2
Comments - I love the delicacy and intricacy of this shawl.  The last rows were endless, but it was well worth completing them.  Thanks a million, Andrea, for the fabulous pattern!
Name Dolly Donhauser
Ravelry Name dollydonhauser
Blog should have one
Yarn used Gossamer Webs Love Potion #3 in Periwinkle
Needle size US #2
Finished Dimensions 35.25" x 72"
Comments This was a wonderful project from start to finish. The design gave me a chance to make a piece that is truely breathtaking. The yarn was lovely to work with, a pretty color and finished like a dream. I got a chance to add teeny tiny crochet hooks to my tools. The shawl is light as a feather, and not one break in the yarn for the whole project. I used a dab (last 4 rows and cast off) of the second ball so total usage was a little over 1250 meters. I really enjoyed the companionship with the group. It is a powerful boost to knit with skilled knitters even if you can't drool over their work! Thanks!

Name: Flora
Yarn: 2/36 cashmere/silk yarn in pale lilac from Colourmart
Gauge: 44 stitches/20 rows = 10cm/4 inches Finished size:  semi-circular shawl is 72 inches across the top and 50 inches from top down center-back.

Name: Jocelyn Boisvert
Ravelry Name: JossRoll
Needle Size: 3 mm
Finished Dimension: 60” large X 52” long (point to point)
                                     36” center to point
Comments: Beads: Cube 1.5 mm Purple Lined Rosaline AB
                                   8/0 Silver-Lined Rosaline AB
                                   Very lovely shawl,  pleased to do this pattern.

Name: Karen Bowen
Ravelry Name: fireboysgirl
Blog: None
Yarn used: Made with Sweet Georgia Silk Lamb Lace, Black plum . Completed width is 72" and depth is 35 " at center point
Needle size:3 circular
Finished Dimensions:Completed width is 72" and depth is 35 " at center point
Comments: Finished shawl after clue five due to running out of yarn.  

Name : Mary
Ravelry Name : marydear
Yarn used: ColourMart 2/30 Merino in slate
Needle size: US 1 (2.5mm)
Finished Dimensions: Big, forgot to measure it!
Comments: As usual I had a great deal of fun knitting this project. It certainly kept me busy for many months! Love the mesh and how it makes the motifs really stand out.  I keep saying this about designs that Andrea creates, but it has to be the most beautiful thing I have ever knit.

Name: Sheila Macomber
Ravelry Name: Lacesheknits
Blog N/A
Yarn used: Skacel Merino Lace in Plum
Needle size: 2/2.75mm
Finished Dimensions: 72" x 35"
Comments: 72" measured at the widest point - middle of sections 1 and 5. 35" measured down center back. Yardage estimate is 1650. I used 120 grams of yarn at 1375 per100 gram skein.
This was the hardest lace pattern I have worked to date. But I love the bead work and even the lines of tiny beads! Andrea's designs are fascinating the way shapes form and morph as you knit! 

Name  Stacey Wright
Ravelry Name StaceyLynn99
Yarn used  Land o Lakes Lady Katie
Needle size US 3
Finished Dimensions  65" x 36"

Name:  Sue in CA
Ravelry Name: Monksqueedunk
Blog:  n/a
Yarn used:
Wool Candy Souffle Lace (Alpaca, Cashmere, Silk)  1.5 skeins or 1950 yards
Needle size: US 3
Finished Dimensions:  62 inches diameter
Comments:  This is a spectacular heirloom piece!

Name  Jean Le Beau
Ravelry Name Cali1951
Yarn used Colourmart 2/36 cashmere silk 
Colorway: Tungsten
Beads: TOHO™ Cube 1.5mm Transparent Black Diamond AB
           TOHO™ Bead Round 8/0 Ceylon Smoke
Needle size US 2.5 3MM cubics
Finished Dimensions 72” x 40”
Comments   Absolutely gorgeous, definitely one of my favorites. 
As usual the instructions and charts were concise and easy to follow..
It was such fun watching the SugarPlumFairies emerge on the needles.
I’ll have to keep an eye on this one so it doesn’t “mysteriously disappear”  
Name    Cara Baustian
Ravelry Name    Stamax
Yarn used    Colourmart 2/36 Silk Cashmere blend
Needle size    US 2
Finished Dimensions
Comments    Such a beautiful shawl!  It was lovely to knit and  amazing to see blocked.

First Prize is the lovely dusty purple skein of EmmaLou, from LandOLace, in Shoreview.  This is a 1200 yard skein and comes with a ChiaoGoo US 2/49 inch needle from StitchDragon.  The winner is Sue!!  The second prize in the lovely ColourWave Morsel in Garden Mist, From Lara's Creations and comes with a ChiaoGoo US14 crochet hook from StitchDragon.  The winner is Flora!  Third prize is a lovely skein of LouLou, from LandOLace, in Anoka.  The winner is Stacy!  You have been selected in a totally random fashion, by the lovely BadKitten, right out of the hat, no peaking!!  Please email with your addresses so I can send your goodies ASAP!

I will be back on June 8th with a very special post about a very special book, in which I have a design!  And I will have a book to give away, so be sure to come by on June 8th for a chance to win this lovely book!  I will also be back soon with details about my summer project, so stay alert!  Until then, knit on...