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May 2011 Giveaway Day!

Happy May Giveaway Day! I am so happy to participate in today’s giveaway day, organized by the wonderful, creative folks at Sew, Mama, Sew. I really love reading everyone else’s blogs and seeing what everyone is working on.

For today’s giveaway, I would like to send off five skeins of Classic Elite Four Seasons (70% cotton, 30% wool). I overbought this yarn for a project and figured since I have so much remaining that maybe someone else would like it. To enter (sorry international folks, U.S. only), please leave a comment before May 25 and make sure you submit your e-mail address so I can contact you. If you’d like to share something about yourself, perhaps what summer knitting projects you have planned. Thanks for stopping by!

For the IK Brick Pullover

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prime alpaca

Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.

So I bought this gorgeous alpaca at Rhinebeck 2008, fully intending to make the Highland Lace Triangle Shawl with it. As my experience in lace has grown, I’ve realized that it’s basically another bud lace pattern with a fancy edging. Since I will have already completed the Cambria Wrap and my Swallowtail by the time I work on this, I am going to have to choose a new pattern. I am thinking of either Laminaria or the Aeolian sans beads. I LOVE the edge on the Aeolian, but I wonder how it will look in this heavier yarn.

How do you all choose projects for special yarn? Do you figure out holes in your wardrobe? Is it about learning new knitting techniques? Do you let the yarn inspire you?

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Cambria Wrap in progress

Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.

I bought some fantastic Koigu at the Purl Soho opening party (which I just realized I haven’t blogged about!). I wanted to make a wrap or shawl, and realized that while I love the yarn colors, there really are a LOT of colors in this. I saw how it knits up online, and was worried about pooling in a Clapotis, which is what I thought would make with this yarn. I found a pattern on Ravelry, the Cambria Wrap. It’s a basic bud lace pattern, much like the Swallowtail I just completed. I sort of wish I realized how similar the lace was before I got 10 repeats into the pattern, but I’m going forward. I am alternating from two skeins of yarn, and picture this as the perfect wrap to keep in the car and throw on throughout the summer. The colors are definitely a reach for me, but the point to me of buying Koigu is to reach a bit out of my color comfort range.

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Sherlock from ArtFibers

Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.

A WIP to share. I am just thrilled with this. The yarn, Sherlock, is a discontinued yarn from ArtFibers. I used to work around the corner from the store in San Francisco. The material is an extrafine merino silk blend, handpainted. It has a delicate, tube structure – very unusual. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere. I have hoarded two balls of the yarn for ages – over five years. I swatched SO many patterns and found nothing that worked. Then I happened upon the Lyerka pattern by Kenny Chua for Lorna’s Laces. I got it free from Purl Soho when I bought some Lorna’s Laces. I knew immediately the diagonal lace was perfect for Sherlock. I cast on that night and am now halfway done. The pattern highlights the texture and color shifts in the yarn beautifully. It will be a fabulous scarf for spring, fall and winter for me to wear to work when I want a more elegant look.

Do you have any stories of long saved yarn, just waiting for the right pattern?

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Swallowtail Shawl




Swallowtail Shawl

Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace
Needles: Size 3
Rav Project Page

YAY!! I am so exited to present this finished object. I cast on during opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and was on track to finish. I realized that doing the regular (small) size wasn’t going to be nearly large enough for me. I added 5 more bud lace repeats to 19 total. The nupps were a challenge. I had to keep the yarn really loose, and even then, be prepared with a slip 2, p3tog, psso, psso just in case I couldn’t get it. I ran out of the original one skein that I bought 6 rows from the end. I bought another, and was fortunate enough that the dye lot difference really is not too noticeable due to the lacey border and the hand dyed qualities of the yarn.

I used blocking wires, but did not pull the scallops out too aggressively. Next time I wash and block it, I will probably try to do this a little more. I am so happy with how it turned out. It will be the perfect spring/summer shawl. And as you can see from the photos, it was perfect to throw on for an after-work walk by the river behind where I live. Just the other day as I started my early evening walk, I saw a beautiful white crane standing in the marsh grass where I was looking. It stood for about twenty seconds before flying low across the water. It was absolutely stunning.

Happy spring everyone!

Swallowtail Shawl

Swallowtail Shawl

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Koigu PPPM




Koigu PPPM

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I got a new treat for myself from the opening party at the fantastic new Purl space. 4 skeins of Koigu PPPM. The colorway is so gorgeous and springlike! I plan to make a shawl for myself for spring and summer. I had originally been thinking of making a Clapotis – the very popular pattern really lets the colors just shine through. And then I had second thoughts. I honestly don’t know if it’s my style. I did some Ravelry searching, and found three other patterns I really like. The Aeolian shawl, the Falling Leaves wrap, and the Cambria wrap (Rav link). I really want a wrap for this, not a shawl, so I think Aeolian will have to wait. The other two though are strong contenders. I guess my question is, will I wear a simple wrap that screams COLOR more than I would wear a lace wrap that gently shouts color.

After two big color project fails with Fiesta Baby Boom yarns, I’ve become insecure. What are your strategies for dealing with very colorful yarns?

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Just A Little Undershirt




Just A Little Undershirt

Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.

Pattern: Just a Little Undershirt, Interweave Knits Fall 2009
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton
Needles: Size 7

This fast project took me all of one snow day to accomplish using leftovers from a few favorite 2009 projects. I love how it came out. The stripes are so sweet! I used a Mission Falls cotton for a contrast trim. It went so quickly. I definitely recommend the pattern. I’m breaking my own rules here and posting a photo of an unblocked item, but I just moved and am knee deep in boxes and cleaning rags. Expect to see some long term UFOs on the chopping block soon. Either up to finish them or I need to let them out of my life. (Alpaca lace stockings, I’m looking at you!!) Moving as a crafter is a curious thing. I am rediscovering yarns I bought for a specific purpose where either I changed my mind on the item or the yarn. Projects I couldn’t quite figure out that were put on stitch holders until my knitting skills improved. And forget about the piles of sewing projects never quite completed because of a crooked seam or puckering line. I am hoping once I get my craft space set up (which will no longer be in my bedroom, YAY!!) that I will be able to dive back into my fabrics and finish a few articles of clothing in time for spring.

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