Updated patterns!

I'm in the process of updating my old patterns, particularly the bibs, to include charts. I'm rewriting some of the directions to make the patterns even easier and including alternative methods for beginning the bibs and for making the ties. Look for these patterns in the sidebar to see which ones have been added. It's a slow process, but eventually, they'll all be there!



Friday, July 22, 2011

Among the Hydrangeas

I finally finished my pretty shawl from Sarah Franklin called "Among the Heather".  This was the KAL that was sponsored on Ravelry and I was excited to do it.  I love Sarah's patterns (especially her sock patterns) and I've never participated in a KAL for any project other than a dishcloth! 














Turns out, I was the only one who participated, so it was the same as if I just knit any regular project! Oh well, I didn't mind as it's very pretty.  I actually finished awhile ago, but I finally got around to blocking it.















The yarn is 100% hand dyed bamboo that I bought on Etsy a few years ago.  Unfortunately, it's no longer available and I haven't been able to find a suitable alternative yet.  I didn't have quite as much yardage as the pattern called for, so I had to cut out a couple of repeats in order for it to work.  As it turned out, I had more than I thought and I wanted to use as much as I could, so the edge of the shawl has more rows than I normally would do.














To say that this yarn is incredibly splitty, is an understatement.  I had to concentrate on every stitch, but then again, it is lace and I have to pay attention anyway!  It does have a beautiful drape and sheen.  My sister has her eye on it, but there is no way I'm letting her have it!  For once, I actually knit something for myself! 














Check out my beautiful hydrangeas!  They're called "Endless Summer" and depending on the soil, they're either pink or blue. Aren't they gorgeous?  I live in a big old Victorian house with this wrap around porch and I planted them a couple of years ago.   The first year they didn't do much and last year I only had a few blossoms.  This year, they've really taken off and I just love them.














I actually bought them at my grocery store!  I figured if they could keep them alive, then they'd stand a pretty good chance of surviving at my house too!