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.

I am finally done with what I called my “Autumn Sunset Shawl.” My youngest said it reminded her a little more of a “rainbow.” In any case, it is my take on Melissa J. Goodale's “Salter Path" Shawl from the book published by Interweave Press Publications and edited by Lisa Shroyer, “Free Spirit Shawls.”

Below are some edited notes:

8-20-14: I left the book “Free Spirit shawls” at home and was not confident with my ability to continue the lace pattern section, so I frogged it and worked a lace leaf pattern I was more familiar with. It’s looking even more “autumnal” now anyway. 
Later the same evening, I was finding this project quite disappointing. However, my youngest encouraged me by pointing out that the shawl has a kind of “retro” look that is popular among some circles and even suggested an area boutique that might be interested. This motivated me to keep on. Must make her something extra special to thank her for her encouragement. 
8-23-14: I’m wishing I’d saved the leftovers from this beautiful Madeline Tosh Pashmina and made perhaps another hat and used some leftover Colinette Jitterbug instead. However, I am NOT going to rip the lace section out and do it over again! 
8-24-14: Finished this at past 3:30 am! So glad to be done with it!

Obviously, this must be Kaffe Fassett’s “tumbling blocks,” right? You may have seen my rants on stranded and intarsia knitting already, so I won’t bore you with redundancy.
However, … that IS a gorgeous black cat!

Obviously, this must be Kaffe Fassett’s “tumbling blocks,” right? You may have seen my rants on stranded and intarsia knitting already, so I won’t bore you with redundancy.

However, … that IS a gorgeous black cat!

(Source: harveyhandmaden, via madamedefargeknits)

makinology:

holy yarnnation! … there’s a name for the condition my condition is in … !
~via mad queen mother, facebook

I may have reblogged this before.  It’s good for another laugh!

makinology:

holy yarnnation! … there’s a name for the condition my condition is in … !

~via mad queen mother, facebook

I may have reblogged this before.  It’s good for another laugh!

(via empresskyra)