Monthly Archives: August 2009

Where has the time gone?

Can’t believe August is almost over and I’ve only posted once this month! Shame on me. Honestly, I don’t even know where August went to other than tons of work (have I ever mentioned how much I hate work?), keeping myself from buying yarn (this is day 41 of my 90 day yarn diet – almost halfway there!), keeping myself on a food diet (7lbs lost so far – go me!) and flying to Chicago for a mini-vacation. Oh, yeah, and of course, knitting!

I’m mad at myself for not posting here before, but I hope you will all forgive me… life has been way too busy for me lately, not that that’s any excuse, I’m sure. I do have some FO’s to share with you all but first a quick look at some adorable stitchmarkers I got the other day:

New stitchmarkers

They are from Glastonbury Glassworks and are just adorable! I also love how small they are without losing details. I love that they’re glass too. I got 4 white ones and 1 black as there should always be a black sheep in any family. 😉

And in case you noticed, they are being modeled on my latest green project, a Clothilde shawl!

Clothilde Shawl - FINISHED

Yes, I knit another green shawl, but I’ve been on a green kick lately and as the Aestlight shawl went to my sister, I was in need of a green one for myself. So there.

Clothilde Shawl - FINISHED

Plus, this one is a *true* green! According to a comment on my project page by the designer, it’s the bestest green that ever greened. I love that!

Clothilde Shawl - FINISHED

I absolutely loved knitting this shawl! And with the five days I took off from knitting it (while I was in Chicago), it actually only took me four days to knit it up! It was very quick and the pattern was wonderful and easy while not being at all boring – unlike Aestlight which really bored me at times! I highly recommend this pattern for anyone who loves knitting shawlettes! And who doesn’t?!

Clothilde Shawl - FINISHED

The yarn is from the amazingly talented Georgia of Fiberphile Yarns (and you all must know how much I love her by how I’ve gushed about her for months now!). The colorway hasn’t been repeated since I bought it, but she still has many lovely shades of green available during updates.

Clothilde Shawl - FINISHED

Pattern – Clothilde by Kristen Hanley Cardozo (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Fiberphile Alchemy 2-ply Squooshy in Emerald Isle (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – August 18, 2009
Cast off – August 26, 2009
Modifications – I added a second repeat of the Spearhead Lace chart.

I have plenty of other FO’s that I’ve done this month, but I will wait to share them with you until the next post – which I promise will be very very soon! Hope you all are doing well and I’m sorry if I disappeared from commenting too… things have gotten crazy around here but I will try even harder to comment more often!

Hooked on Wollmeise?

I received my first order of Wollmeise literally a couple of days after I wrote my last post. How in love am I with this yarn? Very much so. It’s not really the base (though I do like to knit with it) but the amazing VIBRANT color of it. I don’t understand how she can keep color so well in her yarns. I have plenty of other indie dyers that I still adore – and probably more than Wollmeise, to be honest – but Wollmeise has sky rocketed to my top ten for sure! First, I just love how it was packaged:

Wollmeise order

Is that a neat little bag or what? Written all over it are knitting terms in German translated into English. And upon opening, a wonderful burst of green:

Wollmeise

Wollmeise

Along with some German Gummy Bears. How could you beat that??? My guess is with gorgeous yarn! I got four skeins, Wasabi (love the BRIGHT green!!!):

Wollmeise

Campari Piccolo (beautiful orange with hints of yellow – it was so hard to capture!):

Wollmeise

Maus Jung (a lovely purpley gray):

Wollmeise

And the gorgeous Pesto:

Wollmeise

The Pesto definitely inspired me to cast on right away and as I am the most wonderful sister in the world (I am! Ask my sister! 😉 ) I’m giving her the finished object – yes I already finished! – of an Aestlight Shawl:

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

It turned out beyond lovely and I am so glad I did it in the Pesto color. It was an amazing green to work with!

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

As for the pattern, I couldn’t be happier with the end result though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bored knitting it. It’s all garter stitch and even the lace pattern is incredibly easy. The edging was a lot of fun to knit, though. I do think that my bored problem came from the fact that I finished it all at once, though. If I had taken my time (like I did for Mara in the previous post) I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been even half as bored with it as I was doing it all in less than a week.

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

I can’t complain too much, though, and I daresay I look pretty happy with the finished product. 😀

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

Pattern – Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% Superwash (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – July 29, 2009
Cast off – August 3, 2009
Modifications – None. I didn’t want to deviate from the pattern too much due to amount of yarn needed. I have about 40 yd left of the yarn, though, so I probably could have added a few border rows (which is what I would have done).

I wanted to show you all the wonders of blocking again so I laid out the shawl on the couch and went into the other room to get the camera. When I get back, here’s what I found:

Hitch "helping" take pictures of the shawl

When I asked Hitchcock what he thought he was doing, he decided that the shawl was too comfy to slink away so he laid down for a nap, LOL.

Hitch "helping" take pictures of the shawl

I did throw him off of it to get a picture, though!

Aestlight Shawl - Pre-Block

Blocking is pretty amazing, no? My advice to you for the day is to start blocking your FO’s if you don’t already. Great advice or what? 😉

Oh and my budding love affair with Wollmeise will continue! I’m casting on soon for a pair of Sunshine socks (rav link) using Wollmeise in Safran (destashed from a fellow raveler). Can’t wait! 🙂

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