Saturday, November 3, 2007

Fiberlyone's Gold Nugget


Started October 4, 2007
Finished October 31, 2007
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow, Oregon Coast colorway

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gold Nugget

I was pointed to Gold Nugget Shawl by a friend, having avoided looking at new patterns because of the many projects on needles. But that combined with seeing Shui's second version on Ravelry (I'm fiberlyone there, too, btw), I just couldn't resist. I started it to take on a trip to Hawai'i last week.

Here's the cast on from before the trip.

And progress from the trip.

The pattern isn't too hard, but it took a couple of days to get the pattern in my head. Now it's progressing pretty well. But there are other projects on the needles for the upcoming holidays, so finishing may not be as quick as I'd like.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Another Voyager done

I finished a second VOYAGER. It is for International Scarf Exchange 5. Its the Cash Tweed Oak that Tom overdyed with blue raspberry koolaid. The pattern is wonderful. I don't think I will ever get tired of it!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

It's DONE!

It has taken me a really long time but I FINALLY finished my Pacific Waves Shawl in Sonata - Rose Garden colorway. I'm very happy with the way it turned out except that it is really quite long. I think a little wider and a little shorter would be more to my taste but I still love it and can't wait to find someplace to wear it. Now the hard part is figuring out which Elann shawl to make next - there are so many gorgeous shawls!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Gold nugget shawl

Gold nugget shawl using 2 balls of elann's Devon. Finish size 30x60. I added 2 extra rows of edging. The shawl is extreme open and airy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Luna Moth complete

Well I actually finished my shawl a month ago I've just been crazy busy and haven't had the time to post about it. It knit up wonderfully and the Callista yarn is really nice and comfy to wear as well.

Here's a picture of the detail after blocking.

And here is a picture of me wearing it at my cousin's wedding.

There are more pictures on my blog and all of the yarny details are up on Ravelry (my username is grateblue2).
I would absolutely recommend this shawl pattern to anyone, it was so quick to knit up!

Friday, September 7, 2007

I'm back!

Hi all,

I am back from my vacation and as always work has been crazy. My aunt loved the shawl and she cried when we visited her in Washington. I am now working on two shawls at the present time. First one is from the Heirloom Series from Sharon Miller called the Grey Shawl (HAP), I haven't take any pictures as it is just a small triangle right now. I am using KnitPicks bare lace yarn which is a very pretty cream color, 100% wool for the center which will be a diamond. The borders are the all Shale design with varying degrees of grays.

The other shawl that I am working is the Peddler's Wool shawl from Folk Shawls (Cheryl Oberle), in which I am using a hand-dyed alpaca lace yarn from a gal from Oregon who I had met on line. It is so soft. The main part (top) is a color she calls Autumn, which is yellows, oranges, greens, and brown; very pretty. For the lacer part, I am going to use same kind of yarn, but in a copper color. Since both shawls are in the beginning stage and just garter stitch, I will wait a little while before I take any pictures.

Until next time,

Linda E.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Two FOs!! Wheee!!

The details and close-up photos are on my blog but I've finished both Luna Moth and Sun Ray. Luna Moth is made with 3 skeins (300yds) of Filati Fantasia Cezanne I bought from Elann last year.

Sun Ray is done with nearly 500yds of Jayne's beautiful hand-dyed 100% merino DK in Apricot. See closeups in my July post. Happy Dancing here!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

All DOne

Voyager lace Stole in Cash Tweed details on my blog

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Finally finished!

Hi all,

I have finally got it blocked and here for your review. I think it came out nice. Now for my next project. I recently got a new Heirloom book with Shetland lace shawls as well as other projects. May do that next. So many projects so many choices!

Until next time,

Linda E.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

picture of moon detail

Lisa: Thank you for let me know. The pattern is correct, there are purl stitches on the knit side. On the tip of the moon, it starts with purl.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Please Help Anne K!

I rec'd this via email and told her I'd post it here. Anyone who can help her with the Moonlight Sonata please give a shout out! Thanks. Lisa


I've frogged the thing three times, sigh.

I'm working from the 'write-out' of the pattern, not the chart as I can't 'do' charts. My prob seems to be ending up with a purl stitch set on a knit side (with the moons) around row 11? The row 10 write out says k3tog, k2tog, etc...

Written out row 11 says to k2tog. Should I change this to a p2tog?

ANY help would be appreciated.

A Keen"

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Voyager Lace Shawl

I started this yesterday, I find the written words easier to follow with this particular pattern and the stitch markers have been helpful too, but its an easy knit and I am looking forward to the finished product. I am using the darker brown of the Cash Tweeds I think it was called Oak

Swatch this!

Here's my swatch; this stuff knits up beautifully! The deep rust color has more deep red/deep rust in it; the lighter colors on the side aren't that over-bright, either. In fact, they're really only about that color deep into the grey, and a bit less saturated; they then lighten up nicely from there! I wanted to show the richness and depth of the deep colors, though, so in order to do that everything else ended up a bit too intense. (Sorry, I just LOVE how this really looks! This gives a good approximation of it, though!)

I'm now calling the project, Incan Waves (she says, waving madly at you!)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Progress Update

I started SK's Sun Ray shawl while on my trip to Vancouver. I worked all the way through one skein (246yds with US9 needles) of the lovely Apricot yarn from Jayne's Etsy shop (See Jayne Knits Yarn). This is a great pattern: easy to knit even while chatting with friends, and, as SK noted, a perfect pattern for a beginner. I am so happy with the yarn, too. This is Jayne's 100% merino, and it is so soft. Having seen Jayne's dyeing process in person (see my blog), I know that part of the softness of her yarns is the care she takes in the dyeing and the washing she does as a last step.

Poor Luna Moth is still stalled out, but since my knitting mojo seems to be back, I hope to finish it in a week or so, whenever I get a Round Tuit.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Progress report

Hi all,

Here is the picture of my lace stole. Got my camera this week and finally am learning how to use it. Not bad for my first shot. The lace project is the Children of Lir which is over half done. Yah! I may attempt a shawl on next one. I really like this pattern. Lots of challenge, with left and right decreases, double decreases, and the like. I learn something new with each project that I do.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Hi all,

I just joined this KAL and am rather excited about it. My first shawl is a design from Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman. The design is called Children of Lir Rectangle Stole, very lacy; gorgeous if I do say so myself. The material I am using is a fingering weight yarn from KnitPicks in a very soft yellow. I am using size 8 needles. I have an aunt who is in a nursing home who we intend to go see next month when we are on vacation in Idaho, she lives in Washington. I work at home as a medical transcriptionist, oh for the past 5 years or so. I have been knitting for many years, and it has become a passion of mine. And I love lace. My DH says it is very romantic. I have learned a lot already about Provisional method of using a waste yarn and why. I have got to get a digital camera, so you guys can see my progress. I already have about an inch done. Since I work during the day, I only have time to knit at night. All for now.

Linda E.

Luna Moth newbie

Hi Everyone!

I just started knitting my first shawl (Luna Moth in Callista) and I wanted to share my progress with other elann shawl enthusiasts. Well, ok, I also wanted to find other people who have knit this pattern in case I run into trouble (:{ I'm knitting it for myself to wear to my cousin's wedding at the end of August (yeah I realize this is coming up soon, if I don't get to wear it to the wedding I'm ok with that). My dress is strapless and espresso colored and when I saw this shawl on elann I knew it would be perfect. I just fell in love.

So far as knitting lace goes, once I got through initial provisional cast on difficulties, its been pretty easy. Here is my progress for the first 40 rows. I know white paper doesn't make for the best background, but I'm kinda sleepy, and I didnt feel like finding an alternative. So I'll try and take a better picture next time I post.

I think it looks pretty good for a first go at shawls. And I haven't even had to use my lifelines (yet) *knocks-on-wood*

Have a great night and I look forward to seeing everyone else's shawls!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Sun Ray Shawl

I thought I'd show off the progress I've made so far on my Sun Ray Shawl (being made for my grandmother for Christmas).

This is 40 rows completed:

I'm using the double knit wool from in 'Cafe Creme.' The French minor in me wants to make that Café Crème.
As I don't have to have this done until December, I'm taking it leisurely. I do like the simplicity of the shawl and it's quite easy to memorize.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Luna - times two!

Okay, I'm a bit obsessive. Still love the Luna pattern. I've finished two more - one for me in Super Kydd Sapphire - and used the leftover Swarovski crystals from the first shawl on this one too, though I had to go to the Expen$ive Bead $hop to get a few more. I'm sticking with Fire Mountain Gems from here on out!

The second one was a gift to be used in the raffle at our annual family reunion that was held today. This Luna was done in Super Kydd in the Ice Blue color. The pictures don't do the color justice - I got a lot of wonderful complements at my LYS when I brought it in. I love this color and may consider doing another to keep for myself. At this point I can finish a Luna in about eight days -but I still cannot memorize the lace pattern! I guess the mirror image thing is what I can't get my brain to wrap around. Or I'm just too danged old.

Swarovki crystals again, this time 5mm ice blue bicones - a bit too big, but it's hard to tell what it will really look like until it is blocked out.

DD Rachel with Pepper who loves being held, but not when her hair still wet from the shower...

And I finally found the perfect color for the Luna destined for my son's former teacher, now moved to New York (and much missed). The yarn has a good deal more green than the photo shows, but I think that it is as close to perfect as I'm going to find. Casting on soon - unless the Zephyr for Mystery Stole #3 arrives before and I cannot resist!


Friday, June 29, 2007

No Shawl Progress

But celebrating anyway - celebrating my 102nd post, that is. Click here to join the fun!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

finished peruvian wrap

after many needle changes and yarn changes i found the right combinations. here is my completed "peruian cusco wrap" as modeled by my punk rock daughter.

pattern: elann peruvian cuzco wrap minus the cuzco
yarn: started with moda dea tootsie, but i couldn't "see" the stitches well, finished product has hand dyed chunky wool, green tea colorway from see jayne knits yarns... jayne has wonderful colorways and she is a peach to work with. very accommodating.
needles used: #15 clover bamboo needles.... inexpensive and warm

thats it. i love the wrap, and even got to wear it on a trip to the garden stand, as we had a really cool weekend here in Vermont.

thank you to everyone here, great shawls. thank you to lisa for setting up this shawl-a-long. and a big thank you to joan, for knowing just how hard to nudge me.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Detail, at last

I finished my Luna Moth Shawl in early May, then headed off on an overseas trip, which was, unfortunately followed by a sad event that left me out of touch for a while. Before we left, I was asked to post a picture with more detail on my shawl and here it is...finally.

Can you say "MindCramp"

Good Lord ~ I just read my first post to the group and I am horrifired because I said hope to make some sock knitter friends. Can you tell my mind had a cramp lol. Anyway I do have some pic's to shwo what I have been doing though they aren't shall items but at least you can see that I can knit lol. I have started a mystery shawl and will have photo of that to post tomorrow.
The top pic is of the tote I designed for a tote exchange I had just felted it and still had to remove the ping pong balls and shape it.
Next photo is my "hersey" kiss hat I made, first project using DPN's.
The wash cloth was part of a knit along for the LSY. They did gift bags for the Fisher House at the VA Hospsital. It was fun and so easy making the wash cloth gave me ideas for Christmas gift to put together.
Then the the shrug I made using D. Bliss Stella in Color #9 It is too small for me so I am sending it to my daughter. With the note to hand wash as this yarn has silk in it. The last but not least is the finished cable knit purse that I made. So I dolike to keep busy and try a variety of knitting projects. HAve an awesome Sunday all!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Hello all. I just joined this wonderful(ly inspiring) knitalong.

I have plans to make the Sun Ray Shawl for my grandmother using's DK wool in "Café Crème," a soft pink. I can't wait for the yarn to arrive!

Also, tonight I just realized that HPY got one of my previous orders wrong and I was sent lace weight instead of their Colonia 140. So.. to make lemonade from lemons, I've decided to make the Moonlight Sonata shawl. The yarn I have is a gorgeous dark blue (Sodalita).

And... sometime in the future I plan on dying some stashed Berroco Ultra Alpaca and making the Luna Moth shawl.

What can I say? I'm crazy for these shawls. I made the Flower Petal Shawl last year and I love it so much.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Person joining the ranks!

Hi all,

My name is Cheryl and I am a 47 yr. old disabled veteran, as is my hubby, we are both retired military. I started knitting again after a 20+ yr. hiatus. I had surgery and was off my feet for several weeks and decided to start knitting again. I guess when you get older you appreciate some of the finer arts like knitting. Well I haven’t stopped knitting. We live in TX and share our home with 2 small dogs a Chinese Crested named Rita she is 6 yr. old and the baby Sir Angus Seton (Angus for short) he is a toy poodle in the rare color markings of a Black and Red Phantom. Boy is he a little pistol at times lol. We have a nice home, I was able to have my own office/craft room so I can enjoy knitting in my room and if I have a “big” project I can leave it out without having to worry about someone touching it. I presently have several WIPs. I have 2 pair of socks, Lacey Baby Blanket, a Throw, two purse/totes on needles, and just started a Mystery Shawl, so I will be starting the Bed of Roses Shawl when I get the other shawl. Yes call me a go getter, since this is my first attempt at making one of them. I have a twisted cable throw, Dragonfly Wings shawl, plus I am working on a design for a felted purse to name a few. I find knitting to be relaxing and soothing. Not only is it a great way to stimulate the brain make it work. I have had a brain/head injury when in the service so the knitting actually helps my brain stay focused and the need to know and learn new knitting things/projects is great. I hope to make some new sock knitting friends.

Everyone have a blessed weekend!
Cheryl (CW)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Just Joined!

Hi Everyone,

My name is Donna and I just found this Elann Shawl KAL on their website yesterday. I have a few of their patterns printed out, but I thought I would start with the Pacific Waves Shawl. I'm going to go and have a look at what is in my stash that would be good for this. Also, I'm a very slow knitter so I hope this won't be a problem. Anyway, I'm glad I found you, because I've been a very big fan of Elann for quite a while. Thanks for letting me join! As soon as I choose my yarn I'll let you know. Does anyone have any ideas for this? What would be best? Any hints would be great. Again, thanks,


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Luna in blue started

Nothing exciting to report. I've started Luna in blue, still working through the top part. I'm not even sure I want this shawl in blue. I started it in blue before I received my latest Elann order, now I'm eyeing some of that red Ruby HW for the shawl. We'll see...


Monday, June 18, 2007

Just Getting Started

Well, I finally cast on for my Pacific waves Shawl. I'm doing mine in the Brazilia print. And, I've already made a mistake and had to tink. Apparently I can't count, plus my son kept asking questions about this show we were watching. If he had been listening instead of constantly talking, he would have understood what was going on. No sympathy, please- he's 12 and should know better, especially when I finally yell "I'm trying to count!!!" I should also know not to knit at 10:00 pm.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Luna Finished before the end of Juna

I have finished my Luna in KP ShineSport in Coral! IT was a joy to knit. I added an extra repeat and think i should have added another. Oh Well, its still perdy! Without further ado...

My luna for Juna

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Moonlight Sonata shawl's neckline and the diagram

It was shortsighted of me didn't include a diagram for this pattern. I am belatedly posting the picture of my first Moonlight Sonata shawl knitted with seasilk which Benne sent to me. The neckline, I started with 73, it looks a little bit small. In my free pattern, I started with slightly larger neckline. Hope this will help!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Moonlight Sonata is complete....

and blocking on the spare bed. It's a biggie , I couldn't fit the whole thing in the picture, and extra repeats of the pattern were not necessary.

I only made a few changes because of the weight of the yarn and I'm glad that I did as it would have been way to wide had I not taken one motiff off each side. (73 st. for the first row instead of 97 st) Pardon my drawing skills ....I hope my little chart shows the shape and dimensions clearly?

Wondering what to make now?

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Not over Yet

I am pretty sure Lisa intended for the Knit A Long to be May and June, thats why she is making a "Luna for Juna" SO keep on knitting and keep on posting Grace, who if I am wrong apologizes in advance!!!

Moonlight Sonata update

Yeah, the KAL is not done and I can still l post !
This photo is at 5 pattern repeats (1 ball of Ecofil) and the 2nd. photo is at 8 repeats. I might take this one to 12. We'll see how long it is at 10. I want something to keep my butt warm standing out at the fire on cool summer evenings.

This is a cool pattern and not as complicated as it originally looked.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Slow and Steady

While many of you have actually finished your shawl (or even two!) I've been going back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth whittling down my 541 stitches. I've finished 40 rows and now have 461 stitches on the needles. Isn't it amazing that "only 461 stitches" feels like so much less? Only 20+ rows to go! I'm loving all of your amazing shawls and I'm already making plans for my next one.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Luna Moth Takes Flight

Here she is! It came out a bit small following the pattern as-is (3 repeats), I will definitely have to make it bigger next time. But now I know, and this will help me when I make my second one. And yes, there will be a second one!!! :-) More details/pics on my blog.


Luna Moth Shawl is Done

I am so very happy with my Luna Moth! Thank you, Shui, for such a beautiful pattern! I used Elann's Peruvian Pure Alpaca, less than 4 balls. I did 7 repeats. The picture above is more to show an outline of the beautiful lace pattern Shui came up with, so the actual color is not so dark. More details and pictures are on my blog.