Saturday, April 22, 2006

Pemberley Lace Shawl - Complete!

This is the Pemberley Lace shawl from St. Seraphina Knits. The pattern is very simple and produces a beautiful shawl in short time! The pattern calls for about 800 yards of sport or DK weight yarn. I used Shepherd Colours 4 Me 8 ply 100% superwash wool yarn (DK weight) and has 88 metres per ball. I used 10 full balls with a size US8 32" Addi Turbo needle and had just a few yards of yarn left. The finished shawl measured 24" by 78" when blocked. I didn't rush to complete this shawl as I had a couple pairs of socks calling to me, but my estimate is that it would have taken me about a week to complete if this had been my only project.

This shawl will be given to an elderly aunt of a dear friend. It's machine washable wool, which will make it easy for the family to care for it. I've got lots more of this yarn in several other colours that I bought it at the Classic Elite warehouse sale for only $15 for a bag of 10 balls. Such a deal!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

More socks!

Another pair of socks! These little ankle socks are done in Knit Picks' Sock Memories yarn; the colourway is Paper Dolls, which is no longer available. The pattern is from Cherry Tree Hill and is quite simple. I love this yarn and hope that the new version of the yarn on Knit Picks will be as nice. I bought this yarn on clearance for $2.99 each and used 2 balls. Because they are ankle socks, I have enough yarn to make another sock, but what exactly would one do with 3 socks?!?!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


I've been taking a break from shawls to do some "me" knitting made a couple pairs of socks. The green socks are the Mock Crock socks from Knit Picks. The yarn is Paton's Kroy sock yarn in grass green. These were very easy to make and worked up in just a couple days. I was able to use a 12" Addi Turbo needle (size 2US), which made it even quicker. I found the finished socks to be a bit big so perhaps the next ones will be made with a smaller needle size. I also thought extending the "croc" pattern down the top of the foot would be uncomfortable in a shoe, so I changed to just a 3/2 ribbing pattern that matched the repeat of the "croc" pattern once I finished the gusset decrease.

The blue socks are the Embossed Leaf socks designed by Mona Schmidt, featured in the Winter 2005 Interweave Knits magazine. This is such a gorgeous pattern and it has very quickly become my favourite. The yarn is Koigu KPM and is very "denim friendly"! I used a size 2US 40" Addi Turbo circular needle and my favourite Magic Loop. The pattern worked beautifully for Magic Loop. These took 3 days to complete. I can't wait to make this pattern again and again.

I've got the sock bug...I've got another pair started and hope to get them finished soon!