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I have always loved Rowan’s pattern books – beautiful stitch patterns and classic designs that never disappoint. A few months ago, I treated myself to the Rowan Pattern Book Holiday Crochet – every pattern in the collection is spectacular and I am looking forward to working my way through each of them. But, I started with Pippi, using some of my treasures from the MDSW 2013 – Sunna by Spirit Trail Fiberworks in the yummy color, Smashed Raspberries.
Pippi works up quickly and surprisingly uses very little yarn (only 700 yds in a size medium!). I finally found a moment in the craziness of the Christmas season to block it. Can’t wait to wear it next week!
Surprisingly, my hands have been very busy lately. I have three projects that are actively in the works – a crochet project, a tunisian crochet project, and a knitting project. Last night, I started designing a wrap to wear to a big charity ball that my husband and I will attend this November. I must admit that I really like how it is turning out so far.
I plan to shimmer and sparkle the night away in this wrap!
I am also working on the Pippi sweater by Marie Wallin (Rowan Holiday Crochet) in some gorgeous yarn that I found at this year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival – Sunna (merino, cashmere, silk blend) by Spirit Trail Fiberworks. And lastly, a charity project – my daughter and I have started a knitting and crochet club at her middle school. Our project this year is to make baby sweaters for crisis pregnancy centers in the area. I am working on the Hooded Baby Jacket by Bernat Design Studio.
As you can see, there is lots to keep my hands busy these days! Happy Stitching!
I have a bad habit……I usually finish a project and put it in the “to be blocked” pile. I had several projects in the pile and I decided to finish blocking them this week….uuum…..to make some room for my two new Tunisian crochet designs. My craft room is filled with yarn and I keep several projects next to my bed – so, it was time to get a little organized. I should add that for both projects, I bought the yarn during MDSW 2012.
Anyway, the first project is my MDSW sweater, made with some gorgeous worsted weight yarn from creativelydyed. Unfortunately, I altered the pattern to custom fit my body several months ago and I have now lost 61 pounds. I still love the sweater and will just pull it closer to me. It was originally intended to be a “cropped, close-fit” sweater for wearing with jean and such. Well, after blocking and losing weight, this is what it looks like.
The second project is a hat and scarf set made with “Mirabella” by Tess Designer Yarns. The scarf pattern was designed by my dear friend Sharon Silverman and I had extra yarn, so I decided to “freestyle” a matching hat. I have to say that in the middle of June, the hat and scarf are very warm!
Take notes! I wasted nearly an entire week trying to recreate a swatch that I had designed two years ago. If only I had of written down my thoughts after that brilliant (a brief!) moment of stitching genius, I would be working on the design now instead of still swatching. I have lost count of all of the swatches I made and frogged since last week, but hopefully I have it figured out now. I am so looking forward to this design – it’s been on my mind for two years, inspired by the perfect yarn. Fingers crossed – tomorrow I finalize the swatch and block it; Monday’s math day; and, Tuesday, the design starts flying off my hook.
For the past week, I have been turning that yummy yarn that I bought from Creatively Dyed Yarns at last year’s Maryland Sheep & Wool (MDSW) into a fun and comfy sweater that I can show off at this year’s MDSW. I have been super stressed and had some extra time on my hands since we traveled by car to Florida (from Virginia!) for the funeral of a close family member. Honestly, this yarn has kept me sane over the past week. I am so pleased with my progress too….as I posted a couple of weeks ago, this yarn will be a sweater someday – and, hopefully, sooner rather than later since MDSW is less than one month away. Can’t wait! I already have my wish list in mind.
Inspired by my favorite charater on Downton Abbey, the “Lady Violet” shawl is finally done and ready for primetime! This project took a year to complete, but it was definitely worth every stitch. I love the pattern (an old find from Bernat) and the feel of this incredible yarn by Roman Hills. Of course, this is their The Dowager Countess colorway from their Downton Abbey collection.
My hook is finally back in full gear again. Yesterday, we were given our Secret Santa’s for our team’s Christmas party in December. Of all things, my Secret Santa asked for hand-made “tall” socks. It was like divine providence stepped in since these were randomly assigned and I am the only yarn-addict on our team. After spending a good hour searching online for the perfect yarn, I realized that I already HAD the perfect yarn in my stash! YIPPEE! It took a while to find it, but I finally got my hands on my Cherry Tree Hill, Supersock yarn (100% superwash merino). It is so cuddly soft and I can’t wait to see the look on her face.
I picked what I hope to be a fast and easy pattern – Crochet Hear & Sole Socks, designed by Alison Grenier. I do have to make a few modifications for the “tall” version, but I am hoping that won’t be too major. My oldest daughter saw what I was planning and her eyes turned green with envy, so now I have to make 2 pairs before Christmas…..not to mention finish all of the other WIPs dormant in my yarn corner by New Year’s Day 2013.
Dare I even ask Santa for more yarn?