18 September 2010

Summer's Delight

As I mentioned earlier, I had gotten lots of wonderful goodies this summer. Let's start off with something that I have actually finished.

Yarn: 2 skeins Berroco Seduce (4460 Kitten Gray)
Pattern: Windansea by Kristi Porter
Needles: US 6 circular and dpn
Size: L

Apparently I have a large head.
The hat is finally finished. The pattern is actually really easy. I ended up having to redo the pattern because I screwed it up at first. I did add the elastic and am a little disappointed as to how thick it was. JoAnn’s didn’t have anything else. Maybe next time I won’t add the elastic if I decide to make the hat again. I ended up ordering the millinery wire from Judith M Supplies. Since I have been inside most of the summer either in class or studying, I really haven’t had the opportunity to wear it much.

Something that I've started but had to redo:

Yarn: 3 skeins Cascade 220 (7811 Purple Jewel Heather)
Pattern: Two-Tone Ribbed Shrug by Stefanie Japel from Fitted Knits
Size: 17" shoulder to shoulder

I decided not to do a two-toned shrug, but one color instead because of the limitations of what I could wear with two colors. I started this on US 8 needles, like the pattern advised, and checked my gauge - it was okay, so I forged on. I was nearly done with one of the sleeves when I decided to measure the back and it measured 21" or so. One of my biggest problems that I never do, but need to is make a swatch. It happens all of the time and you'd think that I would learn from it? I'm going to try knitting on size 9 needles and hopefully it'll work this time, but first a swatch.

More Yarn:

Yarn: 2 skeins Cascade 220 (7811 Purple Jewel Heather)
Pattern: Inca Felted Clutch by Leigh Radford

I decided on the same color as the shrug, so I can make something out of the leftovers.

Yarn: 5 skeins Berroco Weekend (5940 Plum)
Pattern: Lacy Leaf Satchel by Pam Powers

Yarn: 8 balls Valley Yarns Goshen (17 purple haze)
Pattern: St. James by Tonya Wagner

Can you tell that I like the color purple??

15 September 2010

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

I really haven't had the time to knit lately or rather, I haven't made the time to knit lately until this week. I painstakenly completed part 1 of National Chiropractic Boards (there are 4 parts total, including PT). After boards, I went home and enjoyed the company of my cat and dog. This last Sunday, I was in heaven and went to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI. The festival was absolutely wonderful, as usual, although it seems like the vendors didn't bring as much as last year. I enjoyed looking at each little shop. The roving was gorgeous, spinning wheels were spinning, and there was lots of lovely yarn. I had to go through the two big barns twice though to soak in all of the beauty - my eyes and brain was a little worn out from the previous to days I believe. I certainly was in my candy shop. I went to the wool festival knowing that I wanted to get a new ball winder (Royal). My now former ball winder wasn't a Royal and it would click each time I would wind the yarn up into a ball. It just wouldn't work as nicely as a Royal. I knew that the ball winders would be cheaper at the festival instead of JoAnns or anywhere else, plus I wouldn't have to worry about paying for shipping. Other than that, I went in to enjoy the scenery. Of course, I can't leave empty handed after going to a wool festival. This is what I got:

Royal Ball Winder from Sutter's Gold 'n Fleece

Shall Pin from Yarn's Forever

I'm not sure what I'll use the shall pin for yet, but I thought that it was pretty.

Pilgrim from Briar Rose Fibers

I plan on making a matching color set of Hat, Mittens, and Scarf. I only have odds and ends for everything and wanted to have a matching color set. I plan on making the following:

Feather & Fan Wrap by Briar Rose
Karin by Kamilla Svanlund
Sarah by Ariane Caron-Lacoste

I haven't started the hat, mittens, or scarf, but I did start a shrug. I need to update about this summer's yarn, but that will be updated later.