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Gene Tierney, the Divine

Gene Tierney, the Divine is now available for purchase as a download from the Sanguine Gryphon.

“Gene Tierney, the Divine” is part of The Sanguine Gryphon’s Fall 2011 “Film Noir” pattern collection.

Whether in night dress or an evening gown, every woman needs diamonds to distract from her scheming. Well, this shawl has diamonds aplenty. Enough, I would reckon, to conceal the conspiracies of one plot, or maybe twenty. Then perhaps, just perhaps, an X will mark the spot where the murderous heart skips a beat.

Knit in two halves then grafted together in the middle, this shawl easily flows across and off the shoulders. A wide garter stitch border surrounds the stockinette central motifs, providing an elegant and effortless frame for an elegant and effortless piece.

Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon ‘Mithril’, 4oz/750 yds, 100% merino wool, 2 skeins, shown in Der Blaue Engel (Fall/Winter 2011 colourway)

Needles: US 2/3.00mm circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 28 sts and 38 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st, washed and blocked

Notions: tapestry needle, waste yarn, US 3/3.25 mm or 4/3.5 mm needle for cast on edges (optional)

Finished Measurements: 22” (56 cm) x 78” (198 cm)

Skills Used: cable cast on, knitting and purling, k2tog, k3tog, k3togtbl, sk2p, ssk, yo, kitchener stitch/grafting, weaving in ends, and blocking lace

Both charts and written stitch directions are included.

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Oh dear…

…it’s been a month again since I last posted, and I’m sorry to say that sporadic updates are going to be the norm for a while (if they ever weren’t the norm). Mostly because the distinct lack of free time since I got back to school has meant that knitting time has been scarce and time to even think about blogging has been even scarcer. Anyway, lets jump into the knitting update.

Some of my swatches and yarn from the last post have moved onto WIPs in varying states of completeness.

First up the mittens, first one’s almost one. While I really loved the first green & blue pair (FO post about those coming soon, I finally washed them), I’m absolutely in love with this pair. I think the blue & black really make the pattern pop, they fit better into my everyday wardrobe, and I’m much happier with my fair isle. The knitting on the last pair was much too sloppy for my taste.

Fire breathing shawl anyone? I’m completely in love with this pattern, the yarn, the color, everything about it. Even though I don’t get much of a chance to work on it, it sits on my desk and I look at it longingly. Hopefully I’ll get some time to work on it soon.

The pile of Cascade Greenland is quickly turning into a sweater. Maybe a Rheinbeck sweater. Rheinbeck sweater? Rheinbeck sweater, yep, I’ll be at Rheinbeck on the Saturday. I don’t know if I’ll have time to finish the sweater, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’m almost done with the decreases to the waist (about 7 more rows) at which point I’ll start increasing for the hips and introducing white stripes in a to be determined pattern. At this point I’m planning a turned hem, cap sleeves, with i-cord around the neck and arms, and a substantial metal zipper to top it all off. We’ll see what happens.

The black eyelet shawl is off the needles, but still very much unblocked. I’m planning on blocking this week, photos and pattern finished up and put together next week, then to the tech editor, and published by the end of October. I know there’s a lot of space in that time line, but with the way knitting/designing things have been going the past month, I’m trying not to push it.

And finally…

I got a new bag. It’s the Namaste Hermosa (scroll down), and it’s become my everyday bag, replacing my beloved but falling apart owl covered Strand bag. I’m planning on writing up an in-depth review eventually because most of the reviews I could find were kind of pathetic, but over all I like it, and most importantly it can carry everything.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m going to try to post more frequently, but at this point I’ve learned not to promise when it comes to blogging.

Stocking Up

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet (though at this point I’m quite sure what I have/haven’t told anyone so don’t feel left out), but I’m moving on Saturday.

And then again on Wednesday.

Basically, I’m headed back up to school with a pit stop at my parents for a few days of sleep, laundry and repacking.

But all of this moving and packing and repacking and leaving, is giving me the feeling like I need to hoard things. Things like yarn and knitting projects of course. But also things like ideas and feelings and possibilities, mostly in the form of sketches and charts and swatches. I sort of feel like I’m stock piling these ideas and this yarn for later. For a time when I’m out of yarn (ha!), or out of ideas, or both.

Whatever the motivation, these feelings have led to yarn buying, and yarn swatching. And we all know that yarn obtaining, means a post with lots of pictures, and who doesn’t love that. So, onwards to pictures and yarn!

Piles of washed and blocking swatches. I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I see a pile of swatches (or any pile of knitting really). There’s something about a large quantity of knitting all in one place that somehow simply makes my day better.

One skein of Madelintosh Prairie in the colorway Chamomile. This skein is 840 yards of a heavy single ply lace weight, and is destined to become something bright and cheerful in the middle of December or February, when everything is grey and drab, and knitting a lacy little thing in bright yellow will feel fantastic.

Two skeins of Cascade Heritage Silk, in black and an electric blue to be knit into mittens. A second sample of the not quite argyle mittens. Speaking of the not quite argyle mittens.

They’re done!

(they’ll get their own post once I wash them and weave in the ends, but they are done)

Part of a skein of Wollmeise Lace-Garn, won (awhile ago) in a blog giveaway from Wendy Knits. I’ve never used or even seen Wollmeise before and I’m super excited to get the chance to work with it. I’ve got about 500 yards that will become a shawl/wrap of some sort. This swatch was worked on a US 5 (3.75mm) needle, but I’ll probably go down to a US 4 (3.5mm) or even a 3 (3.25mm) for the actual piece.

Another ball of new to me yarn that I’ve been eying for a month or so, and finally picked up. It’s from Alisha Goes Around, in the Riches (of Martens) Fingering base. I don’t know the colorway, but it’s stunning shades of purple, and I simply can’t wait to work with it.

Three skeins (one is hidden under the swatches) of Madelinetosh DK in the colorway hearth, that is destined to become a large cushy, comfy, not quite lace, sort of circular shawl, perfect for fall.

Some beautiful yarn that will be worked up into a pair of cushy, warm fair isle mittens. I don’t have the name or colors of the yarn with me (sorry!).

And finally a small sweaters worth of Cascade Greenland. It’ll become a simple stockinette, top down, hip length, short sleeved sweater, with skinny white stripes starting at the waist and finishing at the hem. Finished off with an i-cord cast on around the neck, and ether i-cord or a hem around the sleeves, and a need finished hem. Closed with a large metal statement of a zipper.

I’m also making good progress on my sanity keeping garter stitch shawl, and I’ll try to get those mittens washed, blocked and posted this weekend (can’t promise though). Either way I think that’s enough for this morning. Until next time.

Tumbling Deco

Ta-Da! Tumbling Deco is now available for purchase as a download, for $6.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking the buy now button.

Stacks of blocks tumbling down. Falling from and back into little fields of mesh, leaving simple serenity in their wake.


Referential of the art deco movement, this shawl is knit all in one piece from the top down. It begins by casting on 11 stitches at the back of the neck and continues down, increasing eight stitches every other row to create a crescent that drapes beautifully across the back of the neck and flows over the shoulders. Just before the bind off and eyelet-increase row is worked to ensure that a thorough blocking is possible.

Yarn: Madelinetosh ‘tosh lace,’ 950 yards (968 meters), 100% superwash merino, 1 skein, shown in ‘robins egg’

Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) 40 inch (101 cm) circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, 1 coiless safety pin or row marker

Gauge: 6.5 sts/inch; 10 rows/inch (6.5 sts/2.5 cm; 10 rows/2.5 cm) in washed and blocked stockinette

Blocked Dimensions: 18.5 inches (47 cm) down the center back

Skills Used: reading charts, casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, slipping stitches, yarn over, k2tog, ssk, k3tog, k3togtbl, k2togtbl, sl 1-k2tog-psso, weaving in ends, blocking lace

This pattern is only charted. However, written directions may become available at a future date.

FO: Tumbling Deco

(click on any of the images to see them larger)

 

Pattern: My own (pattern available soon-ish)
Yarn: Madelinetosh, Tosh Lace, colorway Robin’s Egg
Yardage: one 950 yard (868 meter) skein
Yarn Source: Knitty City
Needles: 2.75 mm 36″ circulars
Gauge: 6.5 sts/inch; 10 rows/inch

WS: Knit

All I want to knit right now is garter stitch. Simply knitting, back and forth, with great yarn and good needles.

For the moment, life is simply too nuts for anything else (plus I’m getting tired of purling back across on those reallllly long rows at the end of a top down shawl.)

So I’m knitting a shawl. In beautiful yarn, and great needles. Entirely in garter (plus a handful of eyelet rows). And it is the only thing keeping me sane right now.

(that’s the swatch, not the real thing. I’ll see if I can get a couple pictures of the real shawl posted within the next couple of days or so, when there is sunlight and I’m not blogging at midnight)

 

 

A more complete update coming soon-ish. Just as soon as life calms down a touch. (but expect some FO pictures over the weekend, which FO? you’ll have to come back to find out)

Just a note, to say that I’ve updated both the Mrs. Peacock and Mirror World patterns to make the charts larger. Both charts are now 4 pages instead of 2, making them much easier to read and work from. An updated version has gone out to everyone who has already purchased the patterns, if you’ve purchased the pattern and haven’t gotten the update please let me know.

 

Hope to be back with some knitting and spinning progress just as soon as I get this secret project off my needles (I’m *this* close to being done).