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Monday, January 15, 2007

Arwen's progress

Where did I read the term, "creative loafing?" I've been on the mend and when the spirit and the flesh were both up for it, I either knitted or read and that term rather describes my knitting. Here is Arwen's left front growth:

I am in awe of the designer, Kate Gilbert, for her new (to me) construction of a cardigan so that it will hang so fluidly, as if knitted by the folks at Rivendell. I am saving the back for later, which I believe is a tip I read on the Arwen Knitalong here on Blogger. I have been trying to join, they have welcomed me with an invite, and in time it will work.

The braids of the cable show up so beautifully in shadow and my kitty was so sweet to help out with this picture. Berroco "Pleasure" is so appropriately named. It is probably spun at Rivendell especially for Arwen. Oh, yeah, while I was on the mend I also knitted while watching a "Lord of the Rings" marathon. It was a great way to recover.


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Cardigan for Arwen

LOTR fans will know who that is, and others will now learn that Arwen is the elf princess from the Lord of the Rings who inspired the designer of this pattern from the Winter 2006 Interweave Knits. I am in love with the two sided cable, never ever having knit one before. The yarn is ever so soft Berroco Pleasure (66% Angora, 29% Merino and 5%Nylon) purchased ON SALE at one of my favorite new and relatively local yarn shops, Clicking Needles Studio at the Art Trunk, in Dunkirk. This cardi is for ME!

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Lots to cover

And I'm knitting to do so!
First, the feet. The red slippers are the fibertrends clog knitted up in Cascade 220, before felting, and after. I later added a black suede sole I made myself out of a huge black suede vest purchased at Salvation Army for about $3. My feet and warm and cozy.

Next, the body. My body is also warm and cozy in the Weasley sweater knitted up in Plymouth Galway. I used the pattern at that link and had this ensemble ready for Halloween! No it wasn't for the boys, it was for the librarian! It was a big hit, K-12.

I had purchased ten skeins, so as to avoid disaster. I had four left over. These I used to cover and warm up my mother. I had enough left over (four skeins) to make the clapotis for her for Christmas. This picture shows it unblocked, but it was even lovelier and bigger once it was blocked. That was fun to knit, such a clever pattern, and I will definitely knit it again for those reasons and also because I want one for myself!

The grey scarf and headband are some of that ever so soft and warm alpaca I purchased last summer at the scandinavian folk festival. I had very good intentions of making the scarf for my wonderful husband but I forgot that his coat is a sort of khaki olive and this gray just looked like a dog's breakfast with it. Too bad for him, I absolutely had to keep it for myself as it looks stunning with my black coat. The scarf pattern can be found here and the headband here, and the mitts here.

And, of course, my favorite socks to wear, so far. These are from yet another Opal yarn. They appear to be covered in pink confetti, so cheerful.

A baby sweater and hat with matching big sister mittens was camera shy and gifted before I realized what had happened. That consumed the better part of a Cascade 220 Superwash in a rather hot shade of pink.

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