How did you spend these rainy days? I've been knitting and cooking - a great fall combo. My craving for fall food drove me to bake a pumpkin pie and roast a turkey breast. Had cranberry sauce and everything. Yum.
Add to that the tweedy yarn I've been knitting with all day and it was perfect.
But, before I tell you about my latest projects, let's catch up with the Knit at Night crowd.
Sandy arrived looking fabulous as ever in her recently blocked Seascape Shawl.
She was a tad bit earlier than the rest of the group for a very good reason... starting last week, Sandy is working with us at The Knitting Experience! I am so thrilled to have Sandy as part of our team. As you can see, she is an amazing knitter and it just wouldn't be KAN without her. Welcome Sandy!
KAN was tons of fun. We got to welcome a number of newbies. Hi Penny and Dori!
Donna was also new to the group, but my pic of her was totally out of focus. Sorry Donna!
Did you notice Cheryl's shrug in that last picture? She made it in two, yes TWO nights! Gotta love chunky yarn.
It's the Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet and you can find the pattern here.
Anna was stunning in her Riding to Avalon hoodie out of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca and Silk. It is gorgeous - and the drape is incredible.
The pattern is from the Fall 2008 Knitscene.
I finished up a few things and had a blocking party on Friday.
My Dream in Color Tulip baby cardigan came off the needles Friday morning.
Adorable, hun? And have I mentioned how much I love this yarn? It is Dream in Color's Classy - a superwash worsted weight. It is so squishy it is almost silly. At least, I get a silly stupid grin on my face while knitting with it.
We've made up kits for the Tulip Cardigan so that you don't need to buy 8 full skeins. Each kit contains enough yarn in every color to make the 6-9, or 9-12 mos sweater. I'll have some in the 2-4 yr size soon. Because these are selling quickly, we are taking reservations, so let me know if you'd like one. Currently, we have one kit left in-stock - here.
Speaking of kits, we've added a few features to the online store, including kits! You'll also see gift ideas, latest additions, and a ball winding service. I am particularly fond of the the little elf working on the ball winding.
I blocked my entrelac scarf out of Noro Silk Garden.
A little sweater for Maddie. This is my Fuzzy Bolero Sweater pattern from Soft and Simple Knits for Little Ones, knit in Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran.
And I finished the handspun sweater for Madelyn!!!!!!!!!!!!
More pictures soon to show you detail. This is my first finished garment out of my own handspun. It's pure alpaca and was hand painted by Amy of Spunky Eclectic. I just love how the sweater came out. I designed it as I knit, so there were moments when it gave me great concern and I had to just put it away for awhile. But, little Maddie is growing fast and I wanted to get it to her before it no longer fits. I'm in search for the perfect buttons this week.
Of course, when I finish things, I get to start more. With the CPH KAL starting next Saturday, it would have been irresponsible not to cast on for my Central Park Hoodie and try out the cables, right?
This took me one afternoon and evening. It was awesome. I was having far too much fun knitting it and realized I would be done before we had time for some decent KAL parties, so I reluctantly put it away.
But, I had caught the cable and tweed bug. It drove me crazy on Saturday. Anyone who was at the shop knows I was desperate to knit something in cables and tweed. But what?
For about a year now I've been searching for the perfect men's vest pattern to make for Peter. (After the 2 year sweater, I figure I have hope of finishing it without sleeves to knit.)
On Saturday, I looked through all the books again. Through the Ravelry archives. No luck. Nothing was quite right. The problem was that I had a idea of what I wanted in my head and couldn't find it worked out by someone else. That left it to me to either pick a different project or design the damn thing.
Then I saw this cable pattern:
Just what I wanted! And, it looks great in the yarn that was driving me crazy sitting on the shelf, teasing me. We got in some Cascade 220 Tweeds and one of the colors is this olive tweed that would look perfect on Peter.
So, in my effort to not knit my CPH too quickly, Peter is going to get a tweedy cable vest.
I'm making a pullover. Seems he would prefer a cardigan and wanted to know if I could steek it. Hmmm... .