Thursday, May 31, 2007

Girl's Night Out

Usually I find the yarn long before I find the pattern, but in this case, I found the pattern first. Then pondered about it long and hard. Did I need yet ANOTHER knitted purse that I wouldn't use? I'll admit to being a bit of a yarn snob, but I'll also admit to being a big bit of a purse snob. I loooooove bags. A lot. But when I saw this, it was so cute, I knew it had to be mine.

The pattern is Girl's Night Out, from KnowKnits. You can find it as part of a Tilli Tomas kit at KPixie. It's even on sale! However, I won't knit in Tilli Tomas because of their known price fixing attempts of the yarn market ala Sarah's Yarns. I love Sarah, she is so sweet and I appreciate her business model, because on top of great prices, I get awesome customer service AND her yarn shows up the next day. And I am from the generation of instant gratification, so I NEED that. ;)

I used Twisted Sisters Mirage in Coriander for this bag. It's 52% Rayon and 48% cotton. It has a lovely sheen that is just what I was looking for in a silk substitute. (Is silk really durable enough to stand up to a NY girl's night out anyway???) The pattern calls for the silk to be knitted double on US8's so I did just that, and followed the directions exactly as written, and I am pleased. I can actually see myself carrying this bag to dinner.

As a side note, if you like fast projects, I finished this bad boy in three hours. Talk about instant gratification.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ISE4 Scarf

ISE4 has been a wonderful experience for me. What a wonderful group of knitters, so talented and creative! And while my partner seemed like she might like anything, I did some further delving into her blog, which revealed more of her yarn preferences and I acted accordingly! So here it is, my first lace project and completed ISE4 scarf...


This is knit in a 100% merino laceweight yarn hand dyed by Etsy Seller White Willow. This yarn knit up like a dream and it has gotten me nothing but compliments as I knit it on the train, in waiting rooms, and everywhere I could carry my needles!

A close up of the stitch pattern ...

I'm not sure which picture better represents the color, because the first photo shows the scarf folded, but its a blend of raspberries and amethysts.

Not bad for my first lace attempt I think, and I am excited to send it off tomorrow with a couple of little goodies to match!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

I knit to keep from killing people...

... or so I tell the people surrounding me on the airplane when they try to touch my knitting. I’m cool with folks asking questions - not cool with dirty hands touching my stitches! Why do I knit? I love the creativity it brings out of me, the ability to make something useful with my hands, and how it can bring me away from the stresses of every day life. So this is my blog, where I hope to show what I do and grow and learn together with the rest of the online knitting community.