Thursday, August 28, 2008

Party Lace

I seem to be alternating between doilies and scarves. Maybe the quick-to-knit scarves offset the attention needed for doilies.

In any case, this is the Party Lace Scarf from the departed MagKnits. MagKnits may be gone but, fortunately, the pattern is available on Ravelry. The yarn is one skein of Crystal Palace Kid Merino (240 yards), knit on US6 needles. The finished size is 7 inches by 58 inches. Each end has a row of 4mm turquoise crystal beads. I am fortunate that my local bead store, the Bead Factory, lets me "try on" beads, allowing me to string them on my yarn so I can see how things will look.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Nifty Fifty

My journey to size 100 thread continued with two doilies made with Flora size 50 on 2.00mm needles. This was my first venture to size 50.

The one below, which I knit first, is "Helen" from "Old World Treasures" by Gloria Penning. It has 73 rounds and finished at approximately 11 inches in diameter.

The second one is design #7 from Lavori Artistici #11. This one, at 63 rounds, is about 10 inches in diameter.

Getting started on size 50 was a bit of a challenge, but once I got going, it was just like knitting with larger thread.

Next: size 70-ish.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nancy's Cocoon

Last summer we went to Oregon's Willamette Valley with our friends Nancy and Michael to drink a little wine and to visit Woodland Woolworks in Carlton. Nancy is not a knitter (yet?) but seemed to enjoy looking at the various yarns and colors. She was especially attracted to a ball of Misti alpaca lace. She might have been willing to keep it in the ball just for its softness, but I offered to knit a scarf for her. Maybe she chose the color because it complements the boat where she and Michael live? Michael took the picture (he likes photo credits).

  • Yarn: Misti alpaca lace, 50 grams
  • Pattern: Cocoon Lace by Evelyn Clark from Fiber Trends
  • Needles: US4 (3.5 mm)
  • Finished size: 8.5 inches x 68 inches

The next post will be about doilies. I promise.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Falling Water

I have been knitting scarves as a break between doilies. I love using sock yarn for scarves.
  • Pattern: Falling Water Lace Scarf, a free pattern at the Blue Peninsula blog
  • Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Lapis
  • Needles: US5
  • Finished size: 6.5 inches x 76 inches
For those waiting for my doily march to size 100, stay tuned.