Friday, May 22, 2009

Phat Fiber ... enabling and lurve!

I am looking at my blog, and I cant believe I didn't blog this give away! But I'm certain I tweeted it! :)

On the 20th, Phat Fiber (my favorite enabler) featured an Ambrosia and Bliss give away of a green stone pendant. If you haven't dropped by the Etsy store yet, why on earth would you deny yourself any longer?!

hand created pearl and filigree treasure
Onto my story ... I'm the one who won the green stone pendant give away! Check the link to see if you also might have been a winner in one of their fabulous give aways for the week! Phat Fiber lists a new give away nearly every day featuring talented and unique artists!

I don't know whether to take a big juicy bite, or cast on!

"faking it" lace scarf in the finished column

I call it "faking it" because I used lace weight rayon boucle, but didn't use a "lace" pattern. I simply used size 8 needles and garter stitched the whole way. Boring? Well, yeah. But it was a non intimidating way for me to use an extremely light weight yarn for the very first time.

After binding off, I hand washed it and planned on blocking it to open up the pattern and give it a breezy look. Breezy and soft it is but, the yarn wants to stay skinny and wouldn't take a typical blocking. It's been suggested that I "kill it" and see if that works. If anyone has ever done that successfully with rayon boucle, let me know!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

the great sock saga ... saved!

My very first sock, that I thought I might lose just this time last week has redeemed itself! In other words, I got my knit shit together and made it work! ;) With the help of an experienced knitter, the 3 dropped and laddered stitches at one side have been rescued. I'm tellin ya, newer knitters ... dont be afraid to ask (or holler, or cry, even if you have to!)



I am well on my way to finishing this baby up for show off @ Monday night's Panera meet up!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WWYK?


Where would you knit on World Wide Knit In Public day?

Grab your knit buddies and go make a few more.
SEE as the crowd walking by gawks at you! Be astounded at the strange looks and gasps you will no doubt encounter! It's not as if you're standing over an air grate with a skirt on sans panties ... but from the odd looks, you might think you were ;)

WWKIP day is "officially" June 13th. But because of The United States' National Needle Arts Association's bi-annual conference taking place at the same time, a lot of very enthusiastic knitters won't be able to participate. To spread the love, World Wide Knit in Public Day has become a two weekend event. Tune in and cast on June 13th & 14th, and June 20th & 21st.

Level of skill is no matter! If you've knit in groups before you know better than other folks who think "knitting is for grannies". We're the crowd your mother warned you about ;)

Monday, May 18, 2009

(never) idle hands

During my sock hiatus, my hands were almost screaming to knit something! As a gift from our Knitting in Alexandria "bunny swap" last month, I had received a hank of some delicious Fannie's Fingering Weight yarn in colorway "Chocolate Covered Cherries". (you remember this one ... I originally CO a Clapotis using it, but then frogged it) Well, I love pink and this yarn feels divine - 80% merino, 20% nylon - it would make luxurious socks!

This generous gift is turning into my latest wip ... what I call my "Cherry Cupcake Summer Shrug".
Here she is, basking in the sun

Close up of the pattern. Simple Lace Shrug by Lisa Sisk @ This Is Knit
And sometimes the unexpected happens when you're not looking.
Yep I'm uncertain what exactly happened on Saturday evening. I had been KIP on the Metro, gaining progress and happy to be representin'. I picked it back up at home when I had time to myself, completed a few more rows, and stood back to view my handy work and .... bam!, a ladder unraveled right in front of my eyes! I let loose the movie epic "Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!" and did what I would to save a few loops on a safety pin. So, it's not "perfect", but it's mine.

Being me, I refused to frog back and rework it. With some thread and after blocking, I have hopes I can make it seem like not a single thing went awry.

The lesson? Yeah it's just yarn. But it's my yarn ;)