I hope you all have been enjoying the holiday season (and getting lots of knitting time) : )
Clementine Shawlette (Interweave Knits, Spring 2007)
Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham, 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk (218 yards / 50 g per skein), color 1042, ~1.8 skeins
US 3 Knitpicks circular needle (32")
I did, indeed, finish this in time to get it to my mom before Christmas. I really enjoyed using this yarn (so soft and such a pretty color), and I think it worked well with the simple, but lovely pattern. I didn't make any modifications to it (intentionally, at least). My gauge was a little different on the two halves (not sure why), but I'm probably the only one who notices. I blocked it so it's more or less symmetric.
Here are some more views:
I did the grafting as suggested, which resulted in the "right side" having a significant ridge at the join, as you can see here (and in my first photo, above, where it's shadow is quite obvious):
...while on the "wrong side" the grafting was slightly recessed and less obvious.
If I were to make another Clementine Shawlette, I'd probably try to reverse this situation (by holding the opposite sides together while grafting), but I don't really mind the ridge - I just think of it as a design feature : ) I did try to keep the main body of the shawl the same width, as opposed to allowing it to widen at the graft. Allowing the widening and spreading of the stitches in this area would have diminished the appearance of the ridge, but I prefer a more uniform width, so I'm happy.
Christmas Fiber Goodness!
The fantastically generous Wendy of Catknits sent me a most wonderful package!
Inside were these:
A knitting(!) s'mores snowman ornament - so cute! (I want to eat him, he looks so real):
A lovely, squishy skein of Fiesta Boomerang in the very appetizing color "Raspberry Mocha":
And a beautiful Boxy Bag Zippered Pouch from ZigZagStitches:
Not that that's where I'll be keeping it, but see how nicely the yarn fits inside : )
There was another item in the package... a feather tufted fleecy cat toy, which Bug and Moana have been enjoying immensely. I've forgotten to take a picture of it thus far, but I'll try to remember to do that soon.
I love it all! Thanks, Wendy!
We made a trip to Webs for their end of year sale. With Christmas money from our parents (thanks, guys!), we invested in some new yarn.
For my husband, Cascade 220 Superwash for some thick socks, Classic Elite Skye Tweed for a cabled sweater of my design, and Berroco Jasper for a hat (I just love this colorway):
For me, a little bit of Mondial Fresco Soft to play around with, some purty Noro Kureyon Sock yarn in outrageous colors, and mmmmmMalabrigo Silky Merino (hard to photograph) that reminds me of subtly iridescent beetles:
Here's another photo of the Silky Merino...
I also received payment for my Schaefer Yarn model knitting:
From upper left: Schaefer Judith (Dian Fossey colorway), Schaefer Helene (Julia Child colorway), Schaefer Anne.
I'll be making the Andrea Dogwood Blossom Wrap in the Dian Fossey colorway for them next:
Since I didn't manage to get any exciting cat/knit photos recently, here are a few lazy cat photos for your enjoyment:
(I should have saved this one for Valentine's Day...)