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Two new handspun skeins that I laid out to dry just before new years.

“Ponycorns”

Fiber Used: Bugga!Fiber, 4oz, 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon, colorway: ponycorns

Fiber Source: The Sanguine Gryphon

Yardage: 560 yards of a heavy lace weight

Fiber Used: 100% superwash merino, 4oz

Fiber Source: Biltmore Wool Barn

Yardage: 260 yards of a thick and thin mostly fingering weight

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All the shawls I knit in 2011.

Zodiac le Plume

Parterre Garden

Malus domestica (the apple tree)

Mrs. Peacock

A-HA

Mirror World

Forest Stroll

Gene Tierney, The Divine

Tumbling Deco

Spider Silk

Dragons Ruff

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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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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.

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(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

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These pattern releases seem to be lumping themselves together lately, (birds of a feather and all that?).

Anyway, I have a new shawl available for purchase and download in the latest issue of Tangled Magazine, A-HA (I love the name too, I keep wanting to add an exclamation point every time I type it.)

 

Forgot to add something super duper important!

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This shawl relies on the combination of self-striping sock yarn and pi shawl shaping to create radiating bands of color which give this shawl its pop. The combination of these ever-shifting colors and small bundles of easy and repetitive flower-like motifs creates a shawl that is the perfect challenge for newer lace knitter wanting to dip a toe or two into lace, or for the more experienced knitter to work as a relaxing break between more complex projects.

Yarn: Crystal Place Yarns Mini Mochi (80% merino wool/20% nylon; 195 yd [180 m]/1.75 oz [50 gm]; CYCA 1) colorway #108 neptune rainbow, 7 balls

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 1 set of 5 DPNs, one 32” (80 cm) circular, one 40” (100 cm) circular. Adjust needle size if to obtain correct gauge.

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows = 4” in washed and blocked stockinette stitch

Notions: Tapestry needle; 1 stitch marker.

Finished Measurements: 44” (112 cm) blocked diameter

Skills Used: casting on, knitting in the round, k2tog, k2togtbl, sk2p, ssk, yo, decrease bind off, weaving in ends, blocking lace

Only written stitch directions are included.

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Mirror World 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.

Triangles mirrored make diamonds. Diamonds stacked make columns. Columns of diamonds and off-set triangles intermingle and play across a crescent of a field. And as they play, they all see themselves in the other. Because triangles mirrored make diamonds, and diamonds halved make triangles.

Knit in one piece from the top down, this shawl begins by casting on 11 stitches at the back of the neck and increasing eight stitches every other row to shape this shawl into a crescent. Finally, an eyelet-increase row is worked just before the bind off to ensure that a thorough blocking is possible.

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

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 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: 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) down the center back

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

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

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