Wednesday, 16 February 2011

In Dreams Clue 1

Originally uploaded by Panperoxide
This is the beginnings of the In Dreams shawl - a mystery KAL being run by Susan Pandorf which I mentioned in my blog post yesterday. The yarn I'm using is Fyberspates Sparkle Merino / Silk Lace, and the beads are 8/0 beads from Rosarama, my local bead shop (how cool is it that I have a local bead shop - especially one packed to the brim with beautiful beads and findings, and run by a lovely lady who's a skilled beader and designer in her own right).
So far, I'm loving the design - it's going to be semi-circular, and dripping with beads. The yarn is absolutely beautiful to knit with as well - I love all of Jeni's yarns I've tried - it's all really top quality, and her colour-sense is amazing (not to mention she is also one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting), and this one is no exception. The sparkle is subtle, but visible - not too in your face, but it adds a shimmer, and doesn't fight with the beads.
So - three blog posts in three days - and I've still got stuffs to share! And on Saturday, I'm off to a beginners' weaving workshop at my local Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, in Stocksfield - so another craft to have a play with!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

And Hot on the Heels.... Shawl #3 - Little Leaves

Originally uploaded by Panperoxide
And here is my third shawl of 11 - Little Leaves by Susanna IC, knitted in Posh Yarn Eva 2 Ply. This pattern was fantastic to knit - an easily remembered lace pattern, and a great shape - easy to wear as a shoulder shawl or a pretty scarf.
The yarn is pretty special, too - Eva is 55% silk, 45% cashmere and soft as butter - Dee at Posh Yarn gets limited stock of this beauty, so it is very precious - the put up is 55g / 400yards, and this shawl uses up less than one skein.
The next shawl is on it's way - I'm taking part in the "In Dreams" KAL run by Susan Pandorf, which is a semicircular shawl, knit from the top down, and part of her Lord of the Rings series - it's based on Galadriel's crown, and as Galadriel's one of my favourite characters from my all time favourite read, I was sucked in. The clues are out every 2 weeks, so that one will be a slow, steady reveal (and there are 5000 beads in the pattern!). I've also got the pattern for Galadriel's mirror, knit in 1200 yards of 4 ply. So that's 5 of the 11 taken care of - 6 more lovelies to choose!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Batik - Shawl #2

Originally uploaded by Panperoxide
Finally - Shawl number 2 for 11 Shawls in 2011! This is Batik which combines cables and lace for an incredibly textured shawl, which looks fabulous knit up - I've used Wollmeise 80/20 Twin sock yarn for this (the other skein from my grab bag, which included the yarn I used for Haruni), and the deep saturated greens really work well with the pattern.
It's knit from the bottom up, so there is a bit of a race to the finish as the rows get shorter and shorter, and the ball of yarn gets smaller and smaller... I can fudge a top-down shawl where I may run out of yarn, but haven't yet figured out how to do this with a bottom up, without ripping back or pleading in ISO/Destash threads.
Shawl #3 is hot on the heels - I'm just enjoying having a couple of ready made blog posts here!