I decided to finish it off with only 15 feathers, rather than the 21 called for in the pattern. I'm a small-size person (except around the middle LOL!!!), and I felt that too many feathers would just overwhelm me. I'm very happy with the size and how it turned out! A huge THANKS to Judy & Denise for hostessing the Knit-along to encourage those of us who might not have started this project otherwise :*D I can definitely see me making this shawl again someday - it was a truly fun project with just enough challenge, but still easily make-able once you got the hang of it.
On my needles right now are two pretty easy projects. First, here is my progress on Wingspan....
Not a whole lot more done since my last picture, but this is my "to go" knitting project, so it hasn't come out a lot lately. But I'm pretty sure I'm going to LOVE IT when I'm done :*D
Next, I've started my third pair of socks - again using the "Toe-up, Two-at-a-time, Magic Loop" method that I really enjoyed with my second pair. The yarn is Serenity Sock Weight in the Surf colorway...
Can you believe I started these socks last Sunday, and I already have them past the heel????
|Photo taken last night|
Don't you just love this "Eye of the Partridge" design on the heel? I do!!!
This pattern incorporates what they call a "faux" heel - which means that you don't knit a heel flap and then pick up stitches to attach it to the rest of the sock like in usual sock patterns. I don't really know how to explain it very well. You still use short rows but you attach the flap by way of knitting back to your other heel stitches - you don't go into the sides and pick up stitches there. Sorry if that doesn't make any sense. If you're interested, go HERE to download the pattern and try it - its free on Ravelry, quick and fun, and really easy!
For my next big knitting project, I must confess I bought yarn!!!! It will be a birthday present :*) I love the 100 Diamonds Shawl that is designed by Sachiko Uemura, one of the most amazing knitters I have ever seen! Her work is flawless!!!! I'm not sure if it is okay to post pictures of other knitters' projects from Ravelry even with the proper credits, so I'll just provide a couple of links here for you to go look if you like - both of these are just gorgeous!!!
Purple version - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/100-diamonds
Newest Caffeine version - http://www.ravelry.com/projects/knittimo/100-diamonds-3
Isn't that just a gorgeous color?
(There will be crystal beads too! BLING!!!)
I also ordered the Addi Lace needles for this project. Sachiko mentions that working with this yarn can be "fiddly," and lace-work can be fiddly enough for me all on its own, so I decided to get the best tools for the job. I used Addi needles on my Dreambird project and loved them - nice sharp points and the yarn slides along nicely without losing control and dropping stitches. Knit Purl describes the Addi Lace needles this way - "smooth needles with defined points for knitters who need a little more control over fine yarns than the traditional Addi TURBO needles" I decided they're worth the extra expense for this special project. I'll keep you posted on my progress, of course :*)
On the "quilty" side, I have been busy playing with Terri Stegmiller's Paws in the Garden pattern and having a ball!
I've already prepped pieces to make two different projects but I don't really have much to share yet. I've chosen fabrics, traced and cut out the fusible pieces so far, that's it :(
I will give you one hint though - one of the projects will be done in wools!!!
|3 yards of that luscious batik on the left and 1 yard of the happy lime Christmas print in the middle.|
And Christa includes a mystery fat quarter if you order over $25 - how could she know how much I love text prints?
Thanks Lesley! And Happy Blogiversary!!!! I'm so glad you decided to start a blog so all of us could follow along and get to know you - such a bloggy treasure!!!!
And lest I run out of things to work on - it could happen!!!!! - I signed up for this too-cute BOM at Shabby Fabrics.... Berties Year Club at Shabby Fabrics.....
|Photo courtesy of Shabby Fabrics|
Linking up with On the Needles at Patchwork Times!
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!!!!
Hugs & Blessings!