Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Shetland Triangle Shawl - Dandelions and Violets

Ok, to start the catching up..... My sister was born in the time of year where everything in Michigan has finally reached that lush green state we longed for after 6 months of winter. The first things that come up are always dandelions and violets and I'm estatic that anything at all is blooming.

This year, I dyed some merino to match the moment of the season and spun it up light fingering weight. Then the hunt was on for the perfect pattern for me, and the yarn. I think the Shetland Triangle Shawl was the perfect fit. I love the look of the finished shawl, it can handle the long but somewhat soft color runs that I really wanted to show in the yarn and it's the easiest pattern I ever tried - even easier than Forest Canopy. Both were a great deal of fun for summer knitting. I did manage to finish the spinning prior to the actual heatwave of a Michigan summer so it wasn't the challenge it can be - spinning merino in heat and humidity makes me swear alot!

I love how it turned out and the colors captured the look of my lawn perfectly! She was pleased.

Modifications? Well, I added an extra repeat of the pattern stitch and went up a needle size for it, then went up another needle size for edging round. The final edging is short 2 rows because I ran out of yarn but I think it finished off just fine. I like going up a needle size at the end to get a good stretch on the points.

***I'll update this post with the appropriate pattern credits but right now I think dinner is burning!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hello, Hello, Is there anybody out there?

I'm back!!
Holy fleece, it's been awhile. I do finally have my pc back up and running and internet connections again so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. My technology issues and finance issues were in direct opposition there for a bit but for now they seem to be playing quite well with each other. I'm quite excited and I've missed everyone!

If you don't remember me, my name is DeeAnn and I knit very slowly accompanied by charming greyhounds..... :-)

Now, to get the picture stuff figured out so I can post again and to visit all of you and see what you've been up to this summer. Cheers all!!