Yarns about Yarn

My "Other Best Male Friend" (hereafter "OBMF") gave me the nickname of "Contessa." I have something in common with one countess -- the Countess of Nerole. She and I both favor the scent of orange blossoms. At one masquerade my OBMF threw, I went as the Comtesse des Feuilles (she was better known as Jane Austen's cousin). Finally, in a novel I wrote, which has yet to be published, the protagonist is also a countess. Hence, my choice of the name, "Knitting Countess."

I have been knitting since I was 20, and I am even designing. Don't look for my designs in INTERWEAVE just yet, however.

30 Day Knitting Challenge

Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

I have favorites. Among them are Nancy Bush who is my favorite sock designer, but I also like Star Athena’s socks. Of course, I love the crescent shawls that Susanna IC designs. A fingerless glove pattern that I use a lot as a stash buster is Grace Akhrem’s “Belle Gloves.” Another favorite is Ysolda Teague.

For WIP Wednesday (before it ends), I am posting 2 current projects.

TOP:  After over 3 years, I finally “found” a project that is working for a special skein of "Silver Spoon" fingering yarn by Kitchen Sink Dyeworks! Yesterday morning, my daughter and I were saying how my cedar flute should have something better to protect it than a crazy sock and — it clicked! After beginning so many projects with this yarn and frogging them all, this “flute sock” actually seems to be coming together! I started with a circular cast-on, then “nebula” increases; now I am working the body of the “sock” in “horseshoe/arrowhead/flying birds” lace and am over half-way done!

BOTTOM:  This is my take on Melissa J. Goodale's “Salter Path,” which can be found in “Free Spirit Shawls,” an INTERWEAVE publication edited by Lisa Shroyer, editor of KnitScene.  I am using 3 yarns:  Shibui Sock in “Mulberry”; Noro Kureyon in a lime/orange/mulberry/violet/indigo colorway; and Madeline Tosh’s “Pashmina” in the “Terra” colorway. I plan to call it either “Autumn Sunset” or “Autumn Eclipse.”

rahardjoknits:

Leaf and nupp shawl
pattern from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush
yarn: sheepland fino in Aguas Dulces. about 1.53 skeins

needle: US 1.5 or 2.5mm

modification: 4 extra repeats of the leaf pattern to lengthen the shawl so I can wear it with 1 loop on neck.

dimension: 20in by 84.5in.

This is GORGEOUS!  Maybe I’ll try it sometime!

(via madamedefargeknits)

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30 Day Knitting Challenge

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

In general, the old standby, wool, is my favorite. However, I also love to work with alpaca, cashmere, silk, and other natural fibers. Cotton, linen, and bamboo are fine for summer knitting, but it’s hard for me to get “passionate” about them. 

stitchingaroundthebend:

putyourflareon:

Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails. Best name ever for Yarn.

So much pretty.

This will be great for projects that require just a tiny accent of a different color.  No more buying a full skein and wondering what to do with the rest!

stitchingaroundthebend:

putyourflareon:

Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails. Best name ever for Yarn.

So much pretty.

This will be great for projects that require just a tiny accent of a different color.  No more buying a full skein and wondering what to do with the rest!

30 Day Knitting Challenge

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

It was probably the “Morrigan’s Hood” I made for my youngest daughter. Pictures of this project and the concept art it was based on can be found among my earlier posts: x. If you want to read the “whole megillah,” the description can be found here: x