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March 29, 2007

Bead Me Up!

I need some help from my friends in the computer! My oldest friend Jill is getting married in October (good month choice), and I have the honor of not only being a bridesmaid but also of making her a lace wedding stole to wear on her big day. We've discussed general themes (wispy, leaf motif) and we chose and purchased yarn (Kid Silk Haze) for the project.

Here's where I need some help: Jill would like a some small, sparkly beads on her stole. I've never knit with beads before, but I'm always keen to try something new -- especially for Jill! I've found some good tutorials on how to knit with beads, so I think I'm all set on the how-to. We're New York-bound this weekend, and my crafty mother-in-law has already recommeded several good bead stores that I can visit while I'm there. I just don't what size or type to get for using with Kid Silk Haze.

Any suggestions?

Posted by shannon at 9:22 PM | Comments (5) | For related posts: Jillay's Wedding Shawl

March 12, 2007

Grandmother's Kiri Shawl

Posted by shannon at 3:43 PM | Comments (0) | For related posts: Finished Projects

Is It Spring Yet?

A few weeks back, I was in New York City and had a chance to visit one of the newer yarn establishments, Yarntopia, nestled in the midst of my old haunts in Morningside Heights. Located on Amsterdam Ave and W 108th St., this yarn store would have been directly on my daily walk to school and would have put my student budget in great peril had it been open four or five years ago!

The selection is fairly robust, and I was able to find yarns for all three of the projects I had in mind (more on that, below). There was only one thing I was seeking, but couldn't find -- a new (to me) pattern for a triangular lace shawl. The good news is that owner was very proactive about looking through their available pattern stock for me, and was equally energetic in making suggestions and giving advice to her other customers. It's advice and suggestions delivered New-York-style (blunt, honest, and stylistically sound), which made me like it all the more.

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What you see above is two skeins of sage green Artyarns Ultramerino, two skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton in a deep brown, and three balls of pink GGH Merino Soft. The Ultramerino will become socks and the Organic Cotton is in the process of becoming a scarf to match my new coat. The GGH Merino soft was destined for a lace shawl, which you can see was already in progress by the time I took a picture of my Yarntopia haul!

The Merino Soft was great to knit with, and made this shawl come off the needles in no time at all. For the pattern, I chose Kiri (PDF!), and it turned out to be an easy to pattern to memorize -- so this shawl was my Metro knitting for the last two weeks.

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This weekend I sent it off to my grandmother, who is newly relocated in Oregon after nearly 50 years in south Florida. I figured that after nearly half a century in the tropics, she might need a little something to keep her shoulders warm as she adjusts to her new climate!

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These pastel colors and poor photo lighting really have me pining for Spring. Are we there yet?

Posted by shannon at 3:32 PM | Comments (9) | For related posts: For Grandmother, Grandmother's Kiri

Men's Zip-Up Raglan, progress here
[Finished pictures coming as soon as I can!]

Posted by shannon at 3:19 PM | For related posts: Finished Projects