Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cablemania 2008-8-8-8-8-8

If I said: two skeins of Debbie Bliss Pure Cashmere, color: violet, total yardage: 90, what pattern would come to mind?

I bet this one was in your top five ...

Lovely Fetching, somewhat abbreviated (2 cables at the wrists, not 3; 12 rows of k4 p1 ribbing for the hand, not 16; 3 rows at the final cable and no picot bindoff). Lovely pattern, lovely cashmere - so soft, so adorable to work with.

That project took maybe three hours, leaving me some weekend time, a cable needle, a row counter, and a ball of Shokay, a.k.a. 164 yards of pure yak-y goodness.

Enter Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting, with its gorgeous, inspired cables. My Swedish-American husband helped me choose the one on page 51. A Viking buckle from Skane, Sweden inspired it. The plan: the cable becomes the rim of a watch cap, à la Coronet.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Color Kittens - My New Go-To Baby Gift


A little Lion cotton worsted, a pair of #8s, a free pattern (scroll down), et voilà! Easy, useful, fun bath mits - your thumb makes the tail wag and your fingers wiggle the ears.

They remind me of the Margaret Wise Brown children's book about two kittens and a lot of paint,

These are for my nephew's two new babies, little Will and newborn Elana. Welcome to the spinning world!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Filed under Dang It

So Neiman Marcus does this outlandish Christmas catalog every year, right? One of the most outlandish gift selections this year is a group of three verrrry old rings.

Look at the medieval English one. That dog ... it's a beagle!

Now, where to find a reproduction in silver?


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Aran Island Mittens

A new washing machine and a new pair of mittens just the other side of too big.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Felt, baby, felt!

Into the new washing machine went the big mittens. A little hot water and a little agitation later, you've got felt. The fit is great but the mittens are not perfect - I could have done the fingertips more evenly. Still, knitting knirvana.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

"Why Don't You," Demanded Diana Vreeland, "Wear Violet Velvet Miittens with Everything?"

Since most of us don't live in the same plane of chic Vreeland called home, we wear wool mittens.
Aran Island Mittens from Folk Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski in a decidedly untraditional, veering-toward-Vreeland deep peony pink called orchid. The wool is Brown Sheep Co.'s Lanaloft.