Francisca

For Easter I sported a new knitted top that I LOVE!! Francisca is a pattern by Christopher Croucher and is a nice flutter sleeve lace weight top!

So comfortable!!! I made it up with one of my favorite yarn brands Briar Rose their Angel Face lace weight which fits it’s name to a T! 100% alpaca soft and warm but not too warm for a nice spring to summer top!

Despite being lace weight.. you double the yarn.. it was a quick and easy knit, and I highly recommend it! you can find the pattern here, or on Ravelry!

I will have to pop up a beauty shot later! The weather was not cooperating for a good one.

You also get a sneak peek at part of my new work space! All my knitting and crafting books in one place! and a great spot for my knitting ‘models’ Hattie and Sugar!

All with my muse Eleanor close at hand!!

A Blanket Update!!

Rather than saying ‘what have I been knitting lately?”.. anyway.

I am working on using up my leftover worsted weight yarns and making what we are calling an Iggy 2.0 blanket. you will recall I made this one last year

and my friends’ wife loved it so much she wanted one of her very own!

So I have a bucket of squares…

in more feminine type colors this time. They are awaiting the arrival of the yarn for the borders which is a nice dark eggplant purple.

In the meantime I am fiddling with some other ‘secret’ projects, and knitting up a second sleeve for a sweater.

I’ll pop in later to show you my Easter top that I knitted, and my new workspace!! It’s exciting!!

Have a great day!!

Mail Call! A New Loom Knitting Book!

I got a nice surprise in the mail today! A copy of the latest book by my loomie friend Kathy Norris! This is a greatĀ  little volume of 35 different stitch patterns you can use to make a sampler afghan.. or hey you could use them for any of your projects!! There are great instructions and in the back of the book the best thing ever!! There are blank templates where you can plan out your stitch pattern for your sampler afghan if you want to get adventurous and change it up from Kathy’s chosen look!

Afghans are big projects but when they are broken up into sample sections like in Loom Knit SamplersĀ  they can be a great carry along project! Like they say.. you CAN eat a whole elephant.. one bite at a time!

If you are looking to branch out from the bland stockinette and garter stitch projects this book is a great place to start! I give it two loomie tools up!

 

Tomorrow my hubs heads in for surgery on his elbow.. and we will be there about 5 hours total.. so you can guess what I got ready to take with me.. some knitting.. of course! I’ll be starting another prayer shawl a nice easy pattern to ease the stress!

 

The Striped Shawl

So I showed a striped shawl the other day.. that was one of my commissioned pieces!
I made it for Authentic Knitting Board to be included in one of their kits.. you can find it here: Harvest Lace Shawl Pattern Kit

The pattern is there for download as well. I liked it so much I made another one.. which is going to be a prayer shawl which I REALLY need to send out! This one I knit on needles just to mix it up a bit! One of these days I will also make one for myself!


That shelf is part of my new crafty work area.. I am awaiting the big piece to finish putting it all together! I pre- ordered a Workbox 3.0!! I can’t wait to have it set up completely and have a lot of my stuff organized in one place! This little shelf is a good start. Now I finally have all my knitting books and magazines together!