Friday, May 29, 2009

Cascading Leaves Cardigan

Pattern: Cascading Leaves Cardigan by Tonia Barry
Yarn: Classic Elite Classic Silk (a cotton/silk blend) from the stash

Now, I knit socks and I knit lace but this cardigan blew Tom out of the water. He could. not. get over that I made it.

It does look lovely on the sewing mannequin, which is a buffer version of moi. The sweater required a little tailoring: the shoulders needed to lose a little over 2" on each side and probably would benefit from a pair of light shoulder pads. I'm also thinking of taking in the side seams just a touch.

The leaf detail was easy peasy lemon squeezy and spiced up the stockinette both in the knitting and in the end result.

There's a lot to love about this cardigan but the best of all is the sleeve detail.
It's unexpected and so pretty.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Science of Socks: Science Project 5

Meet Willamette Hop, a sock pattern by Cookie A. for the Knit Purl Sock Club. The "hop" part isn't so much as in "sock hop" but "beer hop". Hops look like little Chinese lanterns or maybe tiny pinecones, even. The lace does sort of look like little hops. .

The pattern was a cinch to memorize and made nice travel knitting for a car trip from Wisconsin to Ohio and back. It wasn't long before I was able to knit the little hops and listen to one of those Great Lectures audio series. This one was on the history of the English language. Thanks to those lectures, I am temporarily unable to say olde Englishe words like thorn without rrrrrelishing the rrrrrrobust, rrrrrolled rrrr.


The sock yarn is from Painted Skeins, in the Microbrew colorway. A beery knit but a cheery one.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Bouquet

I've got a little bit of this and a little bit of that to show you. Each isn't much but maybe together we'll have a knitting bouquet.

Square one for Doctors without Borders - complete! Hypnotic, no? Like the psychadelic boat trip in the Gene Wilder "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

Or maybe like the cover of a time-travel book. Hmmm, a knitter who unknowingly knits a vortex, then falls through it. I might read that. You, too?

The yarn is left over Fleece Artist sock yarn from the Knit Purl Sock Club, colors inspired by an azalea garden in a vortex. If you want to help with the Barnraising Quilts to benefit Doctors without Borders, details are

Here's something less trippy but just as pretty:
It's a sleeve for a Tonia Barry's Cascading Leaves Cardigan. You've got leaves cascading up and down the front lapels but I think the sleeve detail is what makes the sweater.

Here's a detail from the lapels: The yarn is Classic Elite Classic Silk, a blend of cotton and silk but with the crunchy hand of raw silk. The color is much closer to the photo above.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Got Leftover Sock Yarn?

Then maybe you've got a little project.

As a fundraising project for Doctors without Borders, Larissa Brown is coordinating the making of knit Barn Raising Quilts. They will be raffled or auctioned off at the Sock Summit in Portland, Oregon this coming August.

A great cause and a way to use up those dribs and drabs of sock yarn? I'm in! You, too?

It works like this: you furnish some leftover fingering-weight yarn, 5 #2 dpns, some stitch markers, your time, and your talent. For a limited time, Larissa furnishes the pattern, originally published in her book Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together. Knit as few or as many as you feel like. Larissa asks that you let her know how many she can expect. Send her an e-mail with the number of squares in the subject line to:

Then mail in your squares to the address given in the link for the pattern.

If you're near Portland, people to sew afghan squares together are needed in June and July. Contact Larissa at the e-mail address above.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Something's Brewing in Beervana

Oh, do I ever have projects on the front burners, on the back burners, projects in the oven, and cooling on the windowsill!

I've got a Sam sock from Cookie A's new and wonderful book. I've got most of a Cascading Leaves cardi in
Classic Elite Yarns Classic Silk, color soft leaf green. I've got a super, ultra secret project in a laceweight alpaca. I've even got a super, ultra secret project in sock yarn, for Pete's sake.

What I ain't got is photos. My digital camera declared Memory Full after only two photos of the latest arrival from the Knit Purl Sock Club. This would be because ... looking in camera ... my younger daughter took the memory card. It was full of prom photos.

Until she gets home to make things right, let's make do with the two photos I do have. Subject: the latest installment in the Knit Purl Sock Club.

Various aspects of the Portland, Oregon area inspired all the installments of this sock club. Let's see, there was water and then an arborteum and the time before that ... oh, dear. I've never been to Portland so these things have no meaning beyond pretty colors. This time, they tell me, the inspiration couldn't been more Portland-y: beer. The city has more microbreweries per capita than any other U.S. city.

Which reminds me of my late beagle, Suzy. She is the beagle in the red sweater at the top of this page. One summer evening, Suzy became the namesake of a microbrew. You see, our neighbor owns and operate a beer pub. He saw me pulling weeds and stopped to chat.

"How do you like your beagle?" he asked.

"Beagles are individuals," I said, straightening and brushing the dirt from my hands. "They march to their own drummer."

He went on his way; I finished pulling weeds and thought no more about it.

Next time I was in the beer pub for a hamburger, there was a poster: HOUND ALE: for those who march to a different drummer. It's an alias of Leinenkugels Special Ale. If you're planning a roadtrip to, say, Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp, stop in atThe Hilltop. It's on your way. Great food, great atmosphere, and, probably, great beer.

I have never tasted it. I don't like beer. I do like this Painted Skeins superwash sock yarn in the exclusive colorway "Microbrew". And, if my digital camera decides to unfreeze its memory, I'll show you the special Cookie A pattern that goes with, Willamette Hop. It's lovelier than lovely