Strik is finished, and just in time for Christmas! I really love the way this turned out. Such a delicate lace pattern. It’s a fairly short scarf but long enough to wrap once around the neck. Since the lace work is so open I was worried about making it too long. More chance of it getting snagged! Classic Elite’s Silky Alpaca Lace is beautiful to work with – I’m glad I picked up an extra skein!
It’s finished! I wish I had something baby-head-like that I could model the finished product on, but alas. My giant ball of glow-in-the-dark yarn didn’t quite do the trick. Misti’s suri alpaca and silk blend only got better once I blocked it. Just a hint of a halo to it. I’m curious to see it on since the peak looks a bit more pronounced (ahem) on mine than on Gros.
I used three skeins of yummy merino, alpaca and silk yarn for this kerchief – Sulka by Mirasol. This smooshy yarn is produced by a Peruvian alpaca ranch in the sierra of the Andes and they donate a portion of every purchase to the funding of a boarding-house for children in the Puno region. I picked mine up at The Purple Purl.
This kerchief is a fairly simple constuction – just garter stitch with increases every other row. But I think the result is the perfect alternative to a scarf. It’s also reminiscent of our family dog Sweeney after a grooming. He always looked so proud with a kerchief knotted around his neck. There’s nothing wrong with some human-pet fashion overlap is there?
The pattern is from Knit 2 Together. Knit in a feather-and-fan lace stitch, it’s a really classic looking piece that comes together really quickly. I love the look of lace knit in a chunkier wool. Feminine and cozy!
The first real snow of the season in Toronto. I had to take this picture before I left for work to remind myself of how pretty it can be! Before slipping and sliding my way to the subway. And now I’m back in the warmth of my apartment. Getting ready to finish off the Sweet Baby Cap.
My second go-round on this little cap. You would think that by now I would take the time to check my gauge each and every time, but no. I ended up making a nearly adult-sized Sweet Baby Cap the first time. It was ridiculous. But the yarn is lovely, isn’t it! And much more appropriately sized on a size 3 needle.
I ordered a beautiful Icelandic pattern book from Schoolhouse Press – Einband by Védis Jónsdottir. Einband is a type of Icelandic laceweight wool. A knitted lace dress pattern is the centrepiece of the book but I started off with a lace scarf called Strik. I’m using Classic Elite Yarns’ Silky Alpaca Lace from The Purple Purl. Lovely and silky, just as you would imagine!
My little sister came to visit for Thanksgiving. Yay! In honour of her visit I knit her up the La-La-Love-You Cowl by Sandra Park. We picked up a skein of Manos del Uruguay in Stellar (110) at The Knit Cafe. It took a little less than a skein to make the cowl. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it’s a pretty heart lace pattern.
I bought the lion brooch awhile ago from HeliS’s Etsy shop. Very cute and even cuter with this cowl!
My Grandma sent me this beautiful shawl. Handwoven by one of her old friends from Ocean Falls – Sylvia Hiebert. Ocean Falls is a ghost town now but in the 1950s when my grandparents moved there there were more than 3,500 people. Most of them working for the mill.
I think the shawl is made of a mohair blend. So soft and, since my Grandma doesn’t wear shawls or scarves (as I learned the hard way after some hard kntting hours), it’s like new. Very fine and such a vibrant colour.
I think I remember meeting Sylvia once when I was very young. I was sad to hear that she passed away recently but I’m happy that my Grandma shared her fine work with me.
I just got back from the post office where I mailed my latest project to a dear friend. It was a long, long time in the making (she can attest to that!). The Perfect Pie Shawl from Melanie Falick’s Weekend Knitting.
The pattern intimidated me a few years ago when I first received the book. I don’t know what scared me, maybe it was all that lace. I ended up finishing it off with a knit rickrack lace edging. The pattern calls for Koigu Premium Merino for the lace edging, and gives instructions for a crochet picot edging as well as the rickrack lace that I used. I wish I could have found the Koigu. I don’t know why it’s so hard to get in Ontario, especially considering the fact that their farm is in Chatsworth, Ontario.
I’m not crazy about working with mohair. It can be a pain to fix mistakes. I substituted the Berroco Mohair Classic called for with some Idena Dream Mohair I picked up at Romni Wools. This is definitely the first project I’ve worked on where I haven’t been cursing the mohair. It’s really soft and the wispy fibres didn’t get all matted looking!
This shawl was a lot of fun to make and I have to say I was pretty proud to see it finished!