Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Happiness

Somedays you wake up and just feel happy.  Today happens to be one of those days. After a great nights' slumber following 2 nights of little or no sleep, I  awoke to the sunshine with thoughts of knitting on my mind. 

I am currently knitting a small shawl pattern called 198 yds. of Heaven by Christy Verity.  It is a simple lace pattern suggested for worsted weight but will look great in any weight, I think.  I am using Rowan Summer Tweed and am enjoying the journey.

As you know, I knit (ha, ha).  In order to knit I need some oh so fabulous yarn.  Ok, I don't need fabulous but hey . . .  I have been shopping a bit and found some yarns and notions that I are quite wonderful.  There are some great commercial yarns out there and great sources to get them from.  There are also some great internet shops and indie artisans that are worth mentioning as well.  I have some in my stash that are making me wish I had 8 hands to have 4 projects going at once.  I will probably be talking about them here from time to time.

There are a few yarns that I adore-and-drool-over-and-go-after-and-have-and-love-and-debate-whether-to-use-or-just-cuddle-or-just-display.  This is happens everytime I go to my stash.

One of my new favs is Great Northern Yarns .

They are the only distributor of Mink Cashmere yarn. It is a top dyed, 70% mink, 30% cashmere yarn  so the depth of color is in a word, Amazing.  
The first photo is the Natural, the second is the color Radient Purple. It is a luscious, yarn that blooms while you knit with it and further blooms after soak and blocking into something amazing. 
For those concerned for the minks that are used, please read the information on the website and contact them with any questions. Craig, the owner is very knowledgeable and friendly. He are currently debuting a new 100% Cashmere yarn in DK and lace weights that I see in my future. 

I am considering making these Almeara gloves .  What do you think?


Friday, April 16, 2010

My First Pattern Loopy Spa Mitt

I am so proud to announce that I have published my first pattern on Ravelry.  For those not in the know, Ravelry is this great social website that is geared toward fiber artists, designers.  Folks who knit, crochet, spin fiber, weave, and sellers of all related goodies.

Being part of a community like this is very rewarding. 

My pattern is a mitt that can be used in the bath, shower or if you are so inclined you can use it in the kitchen as well.  It came about as I was preparing a swap package for someone in one of the Rav groups that I participate in.  I saw this wonderful washcloth by Karen Schoren called, The Luxurious Loop Washcloth, but it was made using sportweight cotton and I wanted something more substantial - worsted weight.  So the Loopy Spa Mitt was born.   I hopy you enjoy making this as much as I did.  The loops can get a little monotonous but the end result is so worth it.

 If you would like to download a free copy, use the following link 

My First Blog

This is definitely something I did not think I would be doing. I am an unassuming person more inclined to watch the action than talk about it to the masses, but here I am.

I am a knitter, fledgling designer, wife, mother, daughter and so on. I learned to knit when I was about eight. It was fun, but other things got in the way and it was a memory that was turned into a new reality about 6 years ago.

In this blog, I will blog heavily about knitting, add some patterns, and talk about other things that may seem interesting at the time. I can't promise an entry a day or one a week, but it will be frequent enough to keep you interested.

So do please come back again. . .