Friday, November 8, 2013

My Talented Friends

Today is Fiber Arts Friday and also FO (finished object) Friday  and I don't have anything even approaching the finish mark yet, however, I met up with some of my talented knitting friends yesterday for lunch and knitting and I just have to show you what they have been up to. They were kind enough to let me post some pictures.

This is my friend Barb's  dreambird shawl - isn't this gorgeous!  I took these pictures with my IPhone so apologies for the quality!


  Here is Mary in her Cassidy sweater and look at the cute ribbon with the little dog paw prints that she used on the back of the buttonholes:



   These pictures don't do Mary's beautiful knitting justice, so I am going to include a picture from her project page:


Have a good weekend everybody and check out Tami's blog to see what other knitters are up to!                                                                                                                                          

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Intarsia Knitting

So it's Work In Progress Wednesday and I have progress on my Rascal Raccoon sweater to show off. If you have ever wondered why knitters avoid intarsia like the plague and you rarely see a pattern for this kind of knitting, here's why:


Yikes!  What a mess!  Intarsia for those who are not familiar with this technique, is a way to knit patterns into a sweater using blocks of one color yarn and then moving onto another color block with a different color.  Unlike Fair Isle where you carry just two colors along the entire row, you can have a number of different colors going at one time. You are picking up one color, knitting stitches within that pattern and then dropping that yarn to pick up another to fill in another part of the pattern.  Here is the front and back and what it will look like when done:


I don't  have alot of experience with this type of knitting ( does anyone?) and I am sure there will be some knitters who will be thinking there is a neater way to do this, but I just plunged into this project and I have to say it has been fun to do -- really!!  Does anyone remember when the Rowan pattern books would be filled with these patterns? 

I picked up Knitting Lessons by Lela Nargi in a used book store recently and I am really enjoying it.  It is a book of short stories about knitting,  beautifully and thoughtfully told by knitters you have never heard of and some that you will know: Vickie Howell, Trisha Malcolm, Teva Durham, Edith Eig.  Who is Edith Eig? She was the owner of the famous La Knitterie Parisienne yarn shop located close to Hollywood and a favorite hangout for knitters in the entertainment industry such as producers, directors, actresses and other woman in "The Industry".  I especially enjoyed the stories of people learning to knit and how they came to be interested in knitting.


I think this is a book that all knitters would enjoy and  you can just pick it up and read it at any time.
To see what other knitters are working on, head over to Tami's blog and read about their experiences.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Few FO's to Report

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween and that you are getting to enjoy some nice Fall weather.  The trees have shed their leaves, but what a pretty sight they were:



My Sibella is finished, and I am pleased with how it turned out.    It was a pretty easy knit and Quince and Co.'s Chickadee yarn was so nice to work with.  The color is Bird's Egg:


Now that the weather has cooled down, here is a picture of me wearing my Freeport Vest:


Here is my current project, the Rascal Raccoon Pullover by Celeste Pinheiro.  It's a raccoon worked in intarsia, so there are lots of messy ends to work with, but this is a labor of love for my grandson, so it's worth it!


I'm using  Plymouth Encore Worsted which is the yarn used in this project and it's mostly acrylic so I hope it holds up well to washing and general use by an active three year old.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday and have a great weekend!  Check out some other finished projects at Tami's blog as well.