Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ice Queen

Holiday greetings to you, regardless of what holiday(s) you celebrate. Perhaps every day you are able to knit is a day to celebrate.

I have been wanting to knit Ice Queen since it was published. It has two of my favorite features: lace and beads. I had one skein of my minty green mohair-silk left so it became Ice Queen. And it has been cold so a warm scarf-wimple was appealing.

  • Pattern: Ice Queen by Rosemary Hill, published on Knitty; version A (stockinette) with bead placement that is a combination of versions A and B and my own misreading of the pattern, which means lots of beads
  • Yarn: 1 skein Emmebi Silkid, 70 percent kid mohair, 30 percent silk, 220 meters per 25-gram ball, made in Italy but purchased in Riga, Latvia
  • Needles: US8 for the body, US for top bind-off
  • Beads: 8/0 silver-lined tourmaline seed beads

Friday, December 18, 2009

Doily with Spiral Variegated Version

Fear of variegated thread for doilies? Not me. The right colors and the right pattern can work together successfully. For example:

  • Pattern: Doily with Spiral from Yarn Over
  • Thread: Valdani 35 wt., 100 percent cotton, color Vanilla Sky from DS9 Designs
  • Needles: 1.2mm (0000) for start and first 8 rounds, then 1.5mm (000)
  • Finished size: 12.5 inches diameter
I have some more of these lovely threads; just waiting for the right pattern to find me.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


The deep freeze of the past 10 days or so is starting to thaw. It was perfect hat-knitting weather.

I was delighted to find Jared Flood's Turn a Square Hat. It is a great way to use leftover bits of yarn; in this case, Cascade 220, color 8408, 100 percent wool, and discontinued Brunswick Tweed, color Birch Bark, 50 percent wool and 50 percent cotton.