Saturday, March 26, 2011

New projects

One of the latest sweaters to hit my needles that keeps me from going crazy waiting for this overdue baby to be born! This sweater modeled after my Ariana Shell, is a cardigan version with a different lace yoke. My mother has a beautiful sweater that she *gasp* bought, it has a gorgeous crocheted yoke and she wears it quite a bit at wool festivals. People always want that pattern and we have to admit that we did not make it (very embarrassing) but now we'll be prepared to show them a similar design that includes all knitting! I am knitting this out of our Hand Dyed Peruvian Tweed (100% Alpaca dk weight yarn) and getting a worsted weight gauge at 4.5 sts/per inch, this makes the garment soft and supple and light weight. But it would also be very nice in a thicker more substantial yarn for a warmer and firmer garment.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New summer yarn!

What a gorgeous new yarn. I am absolutely wishing I did not have 3... or maybe 5 sweaters in the works currently or I would be starting a summer tank out of this new yarn! It is a 50/50 blend of Tussah silk and Viscose. With beautiful shine and drape this would make the perfect evening shawl to dress up any summer outfit!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ariana Shell

A brand new design from Ewetopia, a perfect lacy shell for summer! Knit in our super soft Hand Dyed Peruvian Tweed alpaca yarn with only 1-2 skein(s)! Alpaca is great for summer wearing because it's hollow thermal properties make it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This shell is knit starting with the lace yoke knit flat and then stitches are picked up for the body that is knit in the round.

March is in like a Lamb!

Thursday we had a visitor with us at the yarn shop! A 2 day old ram lamb that was not getting enough from his mama came with Stella and I so we could keep an eye on him and keep him fed and warm. Stella as you can see by the pictures took this upon herself and kept attempting to feed him throughout the day. The milk he enjoyed, but the whole wheat bread that she especially tore into small pieces and put in a bowl for him he did not.

Although normally i don't mind a "special" lamb or two a year, I am glad to have found this little guy a great home with a family who will be less stressed to keep him fed 6-8 times a day in the next month or so than I with a baby of my own due anytime!