Red Rock

Red Rock

Hello Gorgeous.

Pattern: Rock Island by Brooklyntweed
Yarn: Sundara Silk
Needles: US 6 
Raveled 

After knitting what seemed to be the longest edging EVA, this shawl moved along nicely. It helped that the knitting started out with the most amount of stitches. By the time I got to the garter stitch section it felt like I was running down a mountain.

Red Rock

My only modification was doing the Island chart a few more times than written. After seeing the finished shawls on Ravelry I just felt it would look more balanced with a larger section. I ended up doing 9 repeats before the garter stitch section. I think it looks pretty damn good.

Red Rock

Oh and the silk is gorgeous.   

Red Rock

I'm so happy that Project Spectrum pushed me to make this! Bring on June!

Hi.

Vinya

I know you've been waiting impatiently for some Red Rock pics. My goodness it's a gorgeous shawl. I just need you to bear with me a little bit longer. I've been busy with a slew of friends who have made their way to SF to visit! There's simply not not enough time in the day for ALL the fun! 

To keep you from clicking away in a furor I give you my above stash enhancement.  Vinya from Artfibers. It's a soft bulky merino wool. 

Artfibers is a very cool shop in downtown SF. The studio space has all hand dyed yarns from their own supply. Everything from acrylic to silk to beautiful blends – they have something for everyone. They even encourage you to test the yarn by doing a "yarn tasting". It also a provides us knitters yarn in whatever yardage you want! How could I deny myself this gorgeous looking cone?

I haven't decided yet what I want to make with my new yarn but I'm thinking perhaps another- wait for it – infinity scarf. What can I say? I know what I like.

Off to more play time! Be back soon! 🙂

Felicity Cowl: Pattern is Here!

Felicity Cowl

Perfect for a beginner or an experienced knitter.  Rows are knit in the round and the pattern is very memorizable! 

YARN
Road to China Light, Fibre Company (65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 10% camel, 159yds.) 
    2 skeins, color Garnet or your favorite fingering/sport weight yarn.

NEEDLES
US 6 (4mm) 24in circular needles or whatever you need to get gauge

NOTIONS
Stitch Marker

GAUGE
20 sts & 28 rows over 4inches in Flame Chevron pattern

$3.25

Queue It Up!

OR better yet,

Felicity Cowl

Happy Knitting!!

PS5: A look back

Project Spectrum - RED

Since I haven't done Project Spectrum before I thought it would be fun to dig up my other projects that fit the red theme of this month.  It looks like I am a fan of the color. Who knew?  Probably all the bottles of Pinot Noir and Cabernet I ever had.

Red Rock is blocking! 

Keep on Rocking!

Red Rock

Red Rock is moving along alibet at a slower pace.  It felt like FOREVER getting that edging done! I am shocked that I didn't have any major mistakes and counted those repeats correctly. I thought for sure I would have had to improv some extra stitches in that piece!

I'm sure you're wondering why I don't use a counter or a chart… Well, I always fail to use them properly.  I will be 3 repeats in and my little chart says I'm only one… or I'll stop mid row and think, did i just click that? no… wait, yes, ugh… maybe?? 

So I'll do a little research and learn to read and recognize what a repeat looks like. For me, on the Rock Island shawl, it was every time a new 'point' was created. I would stop every once in a while, count em' up and continue.  Other than a few stops for a very tangled edging it worked pretty well.

I am now in the midst of creating all those little "islands" amongst YOs.  I plan on extending this part a little more than what the patterns calls for.  To me the shawl seems a little bit more balanced with more Islands! 

My friend Michelle is here visiting me (or rather I just happen to be in the same city as her biz conference – coincidence, I think not!) we plan on making a visit to Britex and Artfibers! The first I love the second I've never been. Yarn, buttons and fabric! Makings of a lovely night on the town!

Project Spectrum 5: Red Rock

Sundara 100% Silk

Do you know Sundara? Of course you do. She's that fabulous indie dyer who produces coveted skeins of yarn that go on sale and sell out immediately.

Well, back in 2006 (I feel weird that I have to say "back") I emailed Sundara to have her dye fire engine red yarn for a scarf I wanted to make my my dear brother, Drew.  It was a Shifting Sands scarf, too.

Andrew Shifting Sands

I also bought a skein of her pure silk while making that order. All 1000 yards of it. I don't quite know what I had in mind then. It was probably something Eunny was making (how I miss her blog!). Alas, mine did not work out and I put the precious skein away for another day.

Enter Project Spectrum!

PS: Red Rock

This is my first year actively particpating in Project Spectrum!  The amazing Lolly has brought it out of retirement and I cannot wait to see what everyone creates. While I know so many others have big plans to try other crafts I'm going to keep it to my one true love: Knitting. What's more – I am going to use this as a reason to use my stash.  Each month a different color – a different stashed yarn!

I'm about half way through the edging of my Rock Island shawl and can already tell this is gonna be one epic shawl.

Flashback Friday

Birch

The year was 2006. I was just starting to fall in love with knitting and decided to make the then "have to make it now" shawl Birch (which is now a free download!).  Many balls of Kid Silk Haze were purchased and knitting commenced.

If I can remember correctly you had to cast on something like 299 stitches. As a newbie knitter you'd have thought that number would have been intimidating to a gal like me.  And boy, after the first two attempts of casting on on it was. I remember having to pour a huge cup of strong coffee in order to concentrate because if you've ever worked with Kid Silk Haze before you know. If you screw up you pretty much have to break the yarn and start over. (At least that's what I had to do!)

Birch

After the cast on it went pretty smoothly – the stitch pattern was very easy to remember and the wrong side rows were all purl (and at first that was one LOOOONG purl row!)

Once finished and blocked I remember thinking how HUGE the shawl was when finished. Too big to wear. If I ever decide to make it again I will definitely be casting on less stitches. 

The shawl is currently on display at Patricia's Yarns in Hoboken, NJ should you all want to go see it! 

FO: Belfast Hoodie

Belfast Hoodie

From the first moment I saw this sweater I knew it had to be mine.It's a wonder what they put in those photos over at Quince & Co. because they truly have me with every single one!

Belfast Hoodie

Pattern: Belfast Hoodie By Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark, Chantrelle, 12 balls
Needles: US 9 & US 8 needles 
Raveled 

Not much I can say about this other than I Love It. Carrie truly has a great eye for design. I made no modifications to the pattern – not even when it came to picking up for the pockets. I like em' as I see 'em! Plus, as you would expect, the pattern was well written. Clear directions and a great sweater schematic!

Belfast Hoodie

As for the yarn, it's soft, squshy and blossmed just a bit after blocking. My rule of thumb with any sweater I make is that I like to be a wee bit tighter on my gauge – maybe about a 1/4 stitch. The stitches will grow.

Belfast Hoodie

All in all – LOVE.

I wonder what sweater will captivate me next!

What's tickling your fancy these days?