In preparation for the class I will be teaching, I have started 2 Fair Isle hats to show the braid process and to show the methods I use for 2 color knitting.
|This hat will be the Basic Norwegian Star hat from Ravelry.|
The blue yarn is Frog Tree Yarns, Melange. It is 100%
merino but I think it is no longer made, I can't find it on
their web page. Too bad, it is wonderfully soft. The white
is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the color of White Multi. It is
bright white with a thin strand of metallic sparkle. Really fun.
That's what the star will be knitted in. But I prefer
to call it a snowflake.
|This varigated yarn in this hat is Cascade Tangier in the |
color Fantasy. It is very beautiful but is 1/2 silk,
with acrylic and cotton. It has no give and I fear the hat will not
spring back into shape. It is what the retreat organizers carry
so I thought I should use what the students have available.
(I still stand by Plymouth Gina for lovely, long color changes.)
The white is Cascade 220.
For the show-and-tell I'm taking the handspun sweater I made for my son. And even though it's for "your favorite item (singular)," I'm also taking my latest finished project, another "Whimsical Tassel Hat". I made 2 for Christmas presents and got inspired to make one for myself. I got "un-inspiried" after the 6th I-cord and have finally gotten around to finishing it. It is really a fun hat and now that winter is winding down, I have it finished. :^) But, not to fear, here in Wisconsin in early March, there will still be plenty of days that a nice stocking hat will be needed.
|This blue yarn is Patons Classic Wool Worsted|
in the color New Denim. The white is also
Lion Brand Wool-Ease, white with
For the projects that I may or may not get to during the retreat, I'm going to start a shawl for a little girl friend for her summer birthday, a pair of hand warmers to match the sweater I just completed (see below), a knitted basket and I even have a couple of shawlette patterns with the needed yarn, and a pair of tube socks for which I just got the pattern. I may be taking wa-a-a-y too many projects, but I must be prepared!!! Good thing for large Thirty-one totes.
I got the above mentioned sweater finished just in time to wear this weekend. It is a great pattern that I purchased from Patternworks.com. The sweater is Dolman Pullover Pattern. Lion Brand Wool-Ease in color Denim. The pattern is really simple, knitted in just 2 pieces, with sleeve increases on the front and back. I had bought the yarn a while back for $1.00 (USD) off of the regular [cheap] price at a local store. So I bought all 7 they had left. That was more than enough for the sweater. It is very nice yarn.
I plan to knit another one with Cascade 220 Paint in Denim Mix. I also want to use the same pattern with handspun. Sometime.
|The sweater is in the color Denim. This yarn is in|
the color Denim Mix. My tassel hat is in the color
New Denim. Starting to see the pattern?
The colored yarn is a wonderful painted wool created by a local, family run woolen mill. The cream colored yarn is some corriedale handspun I did a few years ago. For the heel, I added a strand of thick thread to reinforce it. I plan to do the same thing on the toe. For a look at this process, see this Very Pink.com video from You Tube.
So, I must get on with my packing. Have a great weekend, in a few days. I plan on it. And you can be sure that I will report on the Knitting Retreat. :^)