Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vintage Baby Dress

A special baby girl will be born in the spring. Her mother seems like someone who would appreciate a vintage-styled knit. That's why this baby dress by Kristen Rengren winked at me when I flipped through the pages of Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2009.

The details: Square neck, set-in sleeves, bands of garter stitch alternating with bands of Madeira lace. The yarn is superwash merino Plymouth Happy Feet DK. The colorway is #54, a mix of sky and French blues. I knit it on #6 straights.

A French-blue velvet ribbon will be threaded through the eyelet beading at the empire waist, as soon as said French-blue velvet ribbon arrives from ... okay, before I link you, be warned that this fabulous site is also a huge time-sucking vortex. You have been warned ... M & J Trimming.

And one more link to finish today's post: Beagle Trails of Park Ridge is a photo blog of Jack the beagle I began this past week. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sally




Rest in peace, Sally the good cat. You were the best cat we ever belonged to.



Change is the way of the world. I am trying to stay in a place of gratitude for the gift of Sally the good cat. "Knit on through all crises," Elizabeth Zimmerman famously said.

That is what I plan to do.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Multnomah

Take one skein of highly-variegated laceweight. (This is Fleece Artist Sea Silk in the Blackberry colorway)

Add a pair of #3 lace needles, nice and sharp and the pattern for Multnomah, which happens to be free. Knit as many repeats as you like the looks of or as many as your skein allows, in this case 10.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Plans Were to Give Socks A Rest



Tom's Birthday Socks - done! The yarn is Boo Fly Sock (60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon). It was a pleasure to knit with and the wool-bamboo mix should be a pleasure to wear in these late-winter months. (You can click any photo to make bigger.)

The sock pattern is Nancy Bush's Conwy. In order to finish the socks in time, I knit the feet plain. I don't love the flashing but I don't hate it either. I do love what the pattern on the leg does to the Woodland colorway.

My plans were to give socks a rest, once Tom's birthday socks were finished. Then this brand new book by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott showed up on the radar ... Photobucket

There's some instruction in the book - how to upsize and downsize, for example - but, fundamentally, you'd better already have knit a sock or two. The patterns range from funky to fun to classic. It's a great selection of 23 patterns. My standout favorite is Anne Hanson's Acorn Stash Socks. It just looks fun to knit.

The pattern was written for indy dyer Fearless Fibers' sock yarn in the muted golds and greens of her colorway Greed. It's a beautiful yarn and I was juuuuust about to order it when I happened upon

at Lakeside Fibers in Madison, Wisconsin. The colorway is Strange Harvest. Pretty acorny, don't you think?