Posts Tagged ‘Icelandic’

I was talking about it before, and have finally decided to actually do it. I am going to talk about all the projects I currently have in progress. But first I am going to share about a wonderful package that arrived today. I received a terrific gift certificate from a very dear friend, and finally got around to spending it. The first and foremost item was actually lace blocking wires. I am hoping to be able to more easily block lace shawls with these. Then there was that pattern that caught my eye, and since it was on sale, I decided to indulge myself. It is a knitted twin set, as in a cardigan and shell. But the bulk of the package was actually wonderfully soft, scrumptious looking yarn. There is a skein of Centolavaggi lace weight yarn, in a chestnut color, a skein of Heritage sock yarn in the color Camel, and 4 skeins of Nirvana lace weight in the color dove, a very nice silvergrey. At 1531 yards, the Centolavaggi should be plenty for a shawl, and the 4 skeins or Nirvana add up to 1488 yards, which I also think should be a very nice shawl. I am looking forward to matching it to a pattern, but first I want to finish some of my UFO’s.

And here is the list of projects I am currently working on.

First, there is a pair of socks. The pattern is Andromeda, and I am using Knitpicks Stroll yarn. At the beginning of this year this is how they looked:

Then there is my Casablanca shawl, which looked like this at the beginning of the year:

I am making it using Zephyr lace weight. The pattern was made available through a KAL by Anne Cousins. I am unaware of any source where the pattern is currently available. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Third, I am working on the 22 leaves Shawlette, using Pagewood Farm’s Chugiak. Around the first of the year it looked like this:

Fourth would be A’tuin, a very pretty but somewhat problematic pattern designed by Mmario. I have not quite gotten to the part where everyone who has attempted this shawl is stuck, but it is not far out. Mmario has said that he will figure it out, but currently A’tuin is not cooperating. What else would one expect from a turtle who carries a whole world on it’s back.

I am using some 5/2 pearl cotton.

And my last knitting project would be my Icelandic Lace Shawl. It uses Brooks Farm’s Acero. It has been patient, and been waiting for me while I have been off having affairs with other shawls. It’s main problem is that it gets to be too hot to knit in these Texas summers. This is what it looks like:

However, that is not all. I am also working on a crocheted afghan:

I am using Wintuk yarn for this one. There will be 63 squares in the end, and around the beginning of the year I had finished 27 squares.

There is another afghan, a ripple afghan, that I am “aware” of floating somewhere around the house, but I could not actually put my hands on it to take a picture of it.

I also do cross stitch, and I am working on Bird Feeder by Thea Gouverneur, but this one is going reeeaaal slow:

And last but not least, my bobbin lace:

It is just a little flanders edging, and it is a lot of fun to do, as long as my 2 year old doesn’t tear the bobbins off. That makes progress very slow, as I am not usually in the mood to fix it when that happens.


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Last Day of February

Oh my, it is the last day of February already.  Where has the month gone.  I mean, I know February is short, but I feel like the time has gone much faster than should be allowed!  I have gotten quite a lot done though.

I don’t like my browser crashing on me. It means that I have to write this post multiple times, and that just leaves less time for knitting. 😦 This is not a good thing!

Last time I wrote about the baby squares I knit for the LSSK baby blankets. I very much enjoyed doing that, but that was not nearly as much fun as receiving my box of blanket squares for the new baby! But I will tell you about that some other time.

I have finished more projects this month, then I have in a long time. Most of them were small, which is not usually what I work on. But this month I was apparently in the mood for small items? I guess the small person that will hopefully join us next month may be responsible for the smaller items that are on my mind….. Only three and a half more weeks until my due date.

The first project was not for him though. The first project I finished was a short scarf made out of Trendsetter’s Dune yarn. I absolutely hate working with the yarn, but the end result is really rather nice:
img_0395 It is just a simple scarf, with edges of rice stitch on each end, and stockinette in the middle. Here is a close up of the one edge:
img_0396 I have decided I really kind of like the rice stitch. Very simple, but very nice looking. For some reason the flash decided it needed to play when I took pictures, so I am afraid the metal in the yarn has picked it up. I apologize for the quality of these pictures.

I also made a cute little bear:
img_0397 I changed the yarn to Cotton Tots, because I was interested in getting a smaller then 11 inch tall bear. Which I think worked out jut fine. I think it came out to about 7 or 8 inches tall. I enjoyed this pattern, because it uses a lot of short row shaping, wrapped stitches, increases and decreases. It was a lot of fun to make, and really only took me a couple of hours. I will probably make another one, as I am planning on giving this to the new baby, and hopefully make it a lovey kind of critter. In which case it would be good to have more then one….

I also have been working on the Icelandic Lace Shawl. And I actually have finally something to show for it.
img_0400 I do enjoy knitting this pattern, the lace is relatively simple, and easy to memorize. And the yarn, which is Brooks Farm Acero yarn, in a gorgeous purple, is very nice to knit with. I hope it will block out half as nice, and I will be a happy camper. But that is quite some time in the future.

That is it for today, but stay tuned for news about the Sassy Spinster’s new location.

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Finally I have returned!

I can not believe it.  I have not written a blog post for more then 3 months!  And to be honest, I have not had much time to do much in the name of hobbies.  We did find a house early October, and have had a hectic couple of months to buy and move into it.  But we absolutely love our new house!  It has a pool, which we have not used yet because it is too cold, and a grassy area in the yard, so that dear son can play outside.  It is huge, has plenty of bedrooms and a decent size kitchen.  But between moving, and then several family visits and a wedding we had to attend in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico :), we just did not have a lot of time for our selves.  The family visits were fun, and I did get some hobby stuff done during those visits.  But things have just been incredibly hectic, and I apparently have not had time to write a post in way too long.  The wedding in Puerto Vallarta was also a lot of fun, we tagged a coupe of days onto each side, and made it a mini vacation.  The only project I took was the Icelandic Shawl which I have just recently started.  I did get a couple of rows done, but not much yet.  We just had so much fun, and were doing stuff constantly!  😀 I am currently on row 20, and while the pattern seems very easy and at this point even a little boring, I am enjoying the process.  I am using some very yummy yarn named Acero, from Brooks Farm. It is 60/20/20 wool/silk/viscose fingering yarn in a nice purple. I am very much looking forward to seeing the end result. I will see if I can get some pictures uploaded tomorrow.

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