I've got a lot of knitting irons in the fire these days. Besides my Donegal sweater, I'm working on Maggie, by Kim Hargreaves. Here's the sweater, as shown on her website:
It's knitted with Rowan Felted Tweed, an awesome yarn. I've never worked with it before but suspected I would like it since I like smaller gauge projects and tweed. And there's not a bad color in the range.
I'm maybe half finished with the back. The construction is a bit unusual, for me anyway: First you knit a peplum width-ways in garter stitch using short rows and picot edging (the ruffly edge), cast off and then pick up stitches from the long side and continue on for the back. The sweater can also be knitted in Wool Cotton for spring, which is another reason I liked the pattern.
My third project is the Field of Flowers shawl by Evelyn A. Clark. The yarn I'm using is by Toots le Blanc & Co., and it's actually similar to Felted Tweed in heft. The composition is 50% Jacob and 50% alpaca. Toots le Blanc & Co. is a small business in Oregon whose knitting and spinning products come from small family farms (local). The yarns come in natural colors and are all lovely. I got mine last year at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Tacoma, WA.
Here's the shawl:
And my progress:
All are great, challenging projects, but just the thing I like. Now if I can just get off Ravelry long enough to knit!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
One of my Christmas gifts was this quilt kit, called Flora, from The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, OR. The pattern is by Valori Wells, but the fabrics are by Martha Negley for Westminster/Rowan. The finished quilt top will be 59 x 64".
I like the use of the large strips of fabric. It makes the most of each piece.