Just before I headed off on a week’s vacation, I had knitting “startitis”….most of you know I have more than a few projects in the works but I was overcome with the need to start a new one…a shawl type poncho knit with MaggiKnits Linen in purple. Here’s a preview of the beginning of this project that I have not been able to pick up during this vacation. It’s been in the high 80’s as well as I am having too much fun being a tourist and visiting with my cousins.
Yesterday we – Dana, Amy, Anne, and I – greeted sunrise with a hike up Makapu’u Trail. It was breathtaking both for its beauty and my high anxiety….I did make it to the top but it was with coaching from cousins Dana and Amy. Anne waited for us at a mid-way point.
Linen shawl preview
Oh…..I awoke to the lovely sound of the rain….almost a welcome relief to the heat. Just maybe those needles will start clicking today! If not today, tomorrow on the plane trip home! Looks like tomorrow….I see the blue sky moving in! We wrap our vacation up this evening with the traditional Lu’au.
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At Saturday Morning Knitting Workshop today Janie asked me how I changed the ruffle on my version of the ever-popular Summer Flies Shawl….I went to the Skein Lane blog only to remind myself once again that I still had not posted photos. Here goes!
Several of us in the local knitting communities embarked on this shawl…early in 2011 Kimberly saw someone wearing it and she “jumped’ right on the pattern and offered classes in the making of this shawl. I jumped on it as the shawl to knit my nephew’s girlfriend Carly….I had one in mind that I started last Christmas… it just didn’t seem like the right one for her. I was determined to knit one quickly…which turned out not to be quickly because I kept side-tracking on other knitting projects. However, I was determined to get done before the next Christmas… I did…how’s August for a delivery date? I knit my version – Carly’s version – with MaggiKnits linen, a ribbon yarn, and Crystal Palace’s Waikiki.
I had been “warned” about one of the stitch patterns being fiddly. ( K3, YO, K4, (K1, YO, SL1, K2TOG, PSSO, YO, K3) 15 times, K2, YO, K3). I love “plain old” Susan Bates circulars but they weren’t working for this project with the 3 plies of MaggiKnits linen. Kimberly suggested that I consider a needle…name starts with a C…and darn if I kept the label or can remember the name….maybe Kimberly can help us out here. Anyway, what a difference…a sharp point and my knitting once again became a pleasure.
Tomorrow I will post the other renditions of this great shawl…dreaming about one for me!
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Boy….am I excited. I am now knitting on my own projects. All the baby gifts are done and while there are gift items pending, I am focused on my own knitting for now. I pulled out a gray(color #155) top-downsweater jacket, from TOP DOWN Sweaters by Doreen L. Marquart and knit in Queensland’s Collection Kathmandu. I working on the sleeves and I will be wearing this sweater jacket soon. A design note here: it felt like the sleeves were oversized and with some group knitting counsel I am now adding shaping on the top of the sleeve…another design feature!
Yep! A pair!
On Sunday my knitting (completed) wardrobe grew to include a pair of self-striping socks and a stole knit with MaggiKnits Linen…the pattern was inspired by Fiber Trends Bathing Beauties designed by Evelyn Clark. A while back I was inspired by this pattern as Kimberly was knitting one of the face clothes…..and I thought that pattern would be lovely in a stole. And it is! I remember having the wild idea that it would be fun to show Maggi Knits Linen in a different pattern at Stitches West last year…like Maggi really needs help! But the goal was to show a more conservative style for her yarn. I can hardly wait to see what this stole feels like after it is washed.
The Edge of the Stole
- Bathing Beauties Stole
I will save the baby gift for my nephew Carson until he has arrived at his home with his sisters. It goes in the mail tomorrow.
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