i’m kind of in love. yup. it didn’t really happen until after i blocked it, but…
i really love this shawl. this yarn feels like what i imagine clouds in heaven feel like.
ravelry project page!
pattern: schieffelin point shawl by kate gagnon osborn
yarn: blue sky alpacas suri merino 2.5 skeins (approx. 410 yds, or 375 m)
needles: size 6 US (4.0 mm) (where on earth are all of my circulars? i swear i own some 7’s, but i can only find like 3 pairs of my circulars)
mods: none. the pattern claimed to need more like 480 yards, so i thought i would use almost everything i had (3 skeins). but, no. half a skein left. *pout* ah, well. i realized that i wouldn’t be using up as much as i had thought partway through the lace border, but this yarn does not frog well, so i pressed onward.
i like kate gagnon osborn’s style a lot. her herringbone sweater was the first project i ever favorited on ravelry. she’s got a great mix of classic or rustic style with modern lines and twists. and her patterns are always clear and intuitive.
i did a nice load of blocking. i don’t know why i can’t just block an item when it’s done, and instead i have to wait until i have a backlog of finished objects before i can bring myself to fill a bowl with some warm water and a little soap. but thems the breaks, so i have a couple new FO’s to show you!
i’m about halfway through the lace border. is it called a bind off when it’s a perpendicular border? because i can’t help thinking of it like that. but a few more days and this should be done. now is the time i need to start thinking of a project name. i’m afraid i may not use all of my three skeins. it looks like i will still have some of the last skein left. grr. i am not a fan of that if i can avoid it. of course, i’m not so annoyed that i will pull back the entire lace border to add a few more rows of garter. this yarn isn’t great for pulling back and reworking. but it is still the most luscious yarn i have ever felt. i really need to block my eternity cowl, too. i’m hoping mentioning it here will guilt me into doing it.
this shot is taken in the study. or office. a tiny tiny room. about 5’2″ wide and 7’11” deep. while jake took a quick trip over to san francisco last week, i may or may not have given the room a makeover. it might have involved a trip to ikea, some furniture assembly, and digging around in the crawl space for my great grandmothers rug, which here-fore-to has not had a place to live in our apartment. i hope to do a before and after post about it. soon.
i realized with shame that the lumberjacks delight is the only FO i’ve shown you thus far from this year. i’ve finished two other things (though one is an obvious frogger, so i’m not sure you’ll ever see it in its current incarnation), one of which is waiting for it’s ceremonial blocking to be inaugurated as a Finished Object. and i have started ever so many things, and been knitting bits and pieces of others. never ever let it be said that i haven’t been knitting. because that would be heresy. but i certainly haven’t been focused on knitting… where shall we point the finger? love made me do it? young house love? apartment therapy? design sponge? door sixteen? oh, you go ahead and take your pick!
i’ve been lusting after this yarn for years. two, at least? but with the price tag on these babies, it’s enough to make any cheapskate think twice. but my dad was totally excellent, and bought me three skeins of blue sky alpaca suri merino for christmas. thank you, dad! seriously, though, when stuff like this is on the market, i truly don’t understand some people’s devotion to cashmere. when this lump of garter grows up, it will be a schieffelin point shawl from kate gagnon osborn, whose designs i love. they are the perfect combination of classic and contemperary. i haven’t even finished the first skein, and this pattern should use all three, so… it’ll be a bit.
and that fuzzy blue thing in the foreground of this picture? that’s haven from kim hargreaves. i ALSO love her designs. i frogged a really old knit made up of two skeins of misti alpaca chunky marina melange from years ago… but two skeins ain’t gonna cut it for haven. i might need another skein (or two) and i have absolutely no idea if the marina melange made now will match it’s mates from several years ago. but i cast on anyways…
and the background of that picture? is an easy segue into something else i’ve been working on recently (inspired by the links above).
i did some work on this corner. i’ve been meaning to put that picture into that frame for over a year now, but i knew it would require some trimming, and tweaking of the picture, plus i wanted to paint the frame. but none of these things were getting done with the picture and the frame tucked away in corners. so i still want to tweak it (fill in the white page border and paint the frame. white, i think) but i’m far more likely to now that i’m actually seeing it everyday. all the things crowding on the bench? were each auditioning for the limited positions on the wee corner shelf (for finalists, see above).
this is what our driveway looked like apres storm. yep. my car was, for all intents and purposes, buried. not as bad as what ryan reynolds had to deal with… or bones and hodgins, for that matter. it’s out now, and my muscles aren’t even sore anymore, so let’s turn our focus to my chapeau, instead!
FO: lumberjack’s delight <– ravelry project page!
(i let princepessa do the naming for this one. she has a knack for the non sequitur. previous to this, i did not know how to spell that…)
pattern: my own. re-make of this beauty with a few tweaks.
yarn: leftover fibranatura shepherd’s own, in a rich brown. this yarn as utterly fab. all the words i can think of to describe it don’t make it sound entirely appealing (dry, elastic, crunchy) but it truly is lovely. also, some green handspun that i purchased way back in the day, when i was still stuck on garter. it’s gorgeous stuff, and i probably tried to make three things out of it before i decided to wait until i had some more skillz.
needles: the usual suspects. 6 (4mm) for brim, 8 (5mm) for body.
i had a different idea than this for the shooting of this FO, but i shoved it on for the shoveling, we took the camera to document snowiness. i was about to turn the unbelievably pink color of uber-fair exertion, which takes quite a while to wear off, so… voila! photoshoot.
i got a load of paton’s classic wool as a present, and it has me dreaming of the hollywood herringbone pullover.