Friday, August 3, 2012

FO Friday #52 - A Massive Multnomah

Happy Friday everyone.

I am so excited for today because my very dear friend (and her family) arrive for a visit from Australia. Yippee!

I am also excited to show you today's FO because it really felt like a marathon effort. I made my Nan a shawl a few months ago for her birthday while she was recovering from a knee replacement. My Nan lives in Wales and when I last spoke with her, I discovered that her lovely shawl has been "borrowed" by her sister who has recently moved into a nursing home. So, I decided to make one for my Aunty Pat too. Likes my Nan's, I wanted it to be big and squishy. Well, this certainly fits the bill!

B is for Baby Llama

This is a great free pattern. The feather and fan lace is very easy and need no chart. The pattern is written for fingering weight. I used worsted and increased the size. A lot. 

70% llama and 30% silk
Almost 4 whole skeins used
The yarn was a pleasure to knit with. It has a lovely shine and is very soft. The garter stitch was the perfect choice to created a soft and squishy fabric. I only blocked this lightly to preserve that quality (and because the shawl is kind of massive). 

Needle: 4.5mm on a 40 inch circular

As I stated above, I used a worsted weight yarn for this shawl and increased my needle size as appropriate. I kept knitting the garter until I had enough stitches for 10 feather and fan repeats on each side. (I did even have to do the math as the lovely designer had done it for me). In the end, it measures 25 " x 64".

When I draped this finished object over my shoulders for the first time, I could not believe I was going to give it away. But I will... after I show it off to my friends ; )

Happy long weekend to my Canadian friends. I am going dedicate it to showing my jet lagged aussie company a good time.

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WIP Wednesday #68 - C is for Cowl

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Well, I'm afraid to say say I don't have a lot in-progress to show you today. That's because I've finished almost everything I've been working on! I guess that's not a bad problem to have : )

Today marks the start of the next instalment of the "AlphaKAL" that has been organized by my LYS, The Loop. We are up to letter "C".

Although, there are plenty of projects I should be starting. I just can't resist making another Honey Cowl any longer.

I loved my first one and I know it is still cherished by its recipient. This time I going a little bolder with my yarn choice. I picked up 3 skeins of Atacama about a month ago (on sale *yippee!) and it just called Honey cowl to me from the moment I saw it. I don't know who it will be for yet but it is going to be my little knitting guilty pleasure for August : )

If you want to see more actual works-in-progress, don't forget to hop on over to Tami's blog for oodles of great links.

See you Friday, with the first of my recently completed projects!

Cheers, Nikki