Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Since I knit Ice Queen last year, I've become quite attached to cowls. Apparently I have become attached to green cowls, since my Ice Queen is mint green, but that may be another story for a later time.

The yarn was a gift from a year ago. It took that long for it to tell me what it wanted to be, after several false starts.

The details:
  • Pattern: Diamond Leaf Cowl by Darlene Joyce, offered as a freebie by Mosaic Yarn Studio. The pattern called for four repeats; the yarn allowed me four and a half.
  • Yarn: Tilli Tomas Fil de la Mer in in Olive; 70% silk, 30% seacell; 140yards/50 grams; 2 skeins. This is amazingly soft and luxurious yarn. 
  • Needles: US7
  • Finished size: About 13 inches tall.
I am likely to knit this again; it really shows off relatively small amounts of luxury yarn.

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010

    Knitting in Circles

    A friend knit and wore this little shawl and I loved it. It is one of those patterns that did not make complete sense when I read it, so I just started knitting. And, never one to leave well enough alone, I changed the edging.

    The details:
    • Pattern: Spiral Octagon Shawl by Selma Miriam, Interweave Knits, September 1998. I substituted the Hilton Lace edging for the designated edging, which involved small bit of fiddling but nothing serious. I even was able to Kitchener without my normal level of aggravation.
    • Yarn: Nature Spun sport weight in Snow. The pattern calls for a fingering weight but this yarn worked for me.
    • Needles: US3 (3.25mm)
    • Finished size: Approximately 14 inches back neck length.
    This is probably a prototype model to see if I could make the pattern work. I can, so I am likely to knit this again — maybe in a dark color to wear over a white shirt?

    Selma Miriam also designed the Kousa Dogwood Shawl, which has been on my to-do list for some time.