Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mini Mittens 2


Mini Mittens 2
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Left front finished


Left front finished
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Midnight Sun tam


Midnight Sun tam
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Sunday, November 07, 2010

St. Enda back started


St. Enda back started
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2

Good morning, everyone! Hope you're all having a great weekend, even if it's raining from time to time. We had dinner with a friend from out of town last night who needed time away from caring for her mother. Dined at Marco Polo, which promotes itself as a global restaurant. They offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options for diners and their chef has a delicious touch with spices and herbs. They started with a space that had housed a number of businesses over a short span of years, after the original restaurant had gone out of business, and have done remodeling in stages to now have a beautiful, comfortable decor that welcomes all sorts of diners, from casual to formal. Our friend and we really enjoyed our talk over dinner, just relaxing and enjoying the experience. Too often we just dine and dash on to our next obligation, so last night was an especially nice treat.


I started working on my St. Enda on Thursday night, picking up the stitches for the back in the shoulder straps which I had knit when I made DH's St. Enda in 2007. I had forgotten how much I enjoy knitting this pattern, the cable stitches are very beautiful to watch form on my needles, the yarn is crisp and a rich Christmas Red Cascade 220, and the gauge is comfortable to work at. I'm leading several KALs for the new 'Aran Knitting' book reprint by Alice Starmore, on Ravelry and yahoo and at a local yarn shop. There is so much pent-up excitement over this book, it's amazing to see all the newer knitters who have done their share of scarves and hats and are ready to move on to knitting a full size sweater who are digging into this book. I love it!


I'm still working on my Ingvold Aran sweater, have done the shoulder cap shaping on my first sleeve and am working on the decreases on the sleeve. I'm promising myself to rotate among my  larger projects to keep them moving along, while working on a friend's labor knee socks. I'm almost done with the heel shaping on the first one, which means I'll have the easy sailing on the foot coming up shortly - yes! I've knit knee socks before, but not twisted stitch cable ones on size 1 needles! I've planned simple small projects for the November and December Monthly Mystery Projects for Tangled Purls as my time and energy are short and I expect my students are in the same position. My students yesterday loved the Mini Stocking pattern using Mini Mochi yarn which has color changes about every foot or so, so every stocking is unique. The pattern is an actual sock pattern, so it can be used for baby or toddler socks besides the decoration option. The kits included six glass beads to decorate the stockings with and they were a hit with the students, as well.


I have several other pairs of socks on the needles, one of which is for my DH for Christmas using Mountain Colors yarn he picked out on vacation in August. They're simple K2 P2 ribbed socks, so I can work on them when I need a mindless project. 


Happy knitting!
Helen

St. Enda back started


St. Enda back started
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2