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More Yarn Love! More "Leftover" Projects Done!
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 20:50
My needles have been busy again this month! Personal projects and CAL/KAL!
I am dancing a happy happy happy dance having just completed two more projects left over from last year - my very own , beautiful St. Lucy from a pattern by Alan Dart (available here); AND…
Macie Alice - a fabulous knitted doll from "Knitted Dolls" by Arne and Carlos. (Find the book here!) She is shown here wearing her Easter Dress and Easter Fascinator!
Although both dolls are knitted, the methods employed by the designers are completely different. Lucy is knit on straight needles and then seamed together into a doll. Macie Alice is knit on dpns - mostly in one piece! I am learning tons in the process of knitting patterns from these brilliant designers. And am constantly amazed at their genius!
If you are interested: Lucy is knit using Knit Picks Brava and Macie is knit in Knit Picks gloss DK. I am finding each yarn the perfect choice for the doll it is used for. FYI - the Gloss yarn is not only beautiful but playing with the completed doll is a lovely tactile experience as well!
I am one of many, many fans of both designers! Take a minute and check out some of the delightful and whimsical creations other's have posted on their Ravelry groups. Guaranteed - you will find yourself sitting there with a big ole grin on your face!!!
Tony over at Bonito Club, another member of the Snowflake CAL hosted by IMAKE, left a remark on my Instagram suggesting that using a tiny hook and "almost invisible thread" would result in snowflakes perfectly sized for my Charlie Brown Tree! Scared completely to death at the prospect of working with the tiny needles and thin thread, I did it anyway! And you know what? NOTHING to be "scared" of! They are not as perfect as the book samples, but from a distance…..
And that adventure prompted me to dig out my biggest hook - a J size - and super chunky yarn to see if I could use the same pattern selection (Boreas) to create a snowflake hot pad for winter holiday tables! And just look at how beautiful it is! More of these to come for sure!!
The little rescued seedling I saved from the fern garden last spring is growing new branches all over the place! And I am already quite certain that the five miniature hexie ornaments I hung from it's branches last Christmas will nearly disappear in the maze of new branches this Christmas.
So - I am going to make several of the Snowflake CAL selections in miniature. These above were made with a 1.7mm steel hook I inherited from my great grandmother. I also have a 1.5mm … which I am now brave enough to try!
Snowflakes being tested for size on the tree are two of April's selections - Boreas and Ice Prism.
Knitting a little almost every day on socks! Not nearly as active as some crazy sock knitting addicted and determined participants in the Socks with Sarah KAL but as you can see, I have spread myself a little thin with "other" projects. AND to top it off the beige/blue sock is being knit on #1 needles using Shubui sock yarn and while I love the results, it is going painfully slow. I may be working these for the rest of the year.
I am using the immensely popular Hermione Everyday Socks pattern (available free on Ravelry here) and I do love what it is doing to the patterning and pooling of the Shibui colors. Will share details of that when done!!!
The bright colorful anklet is my way of "taking a break" from slow progress on tiny needles!! I am experimenting with Knit Picks Chroma (color Prism) to knit anklets in worsted weight - a quick and easy way to experiment! Not exactly what I would call a sock yarn - the yarn is more like roving than a tightly twisted sock yarn. But sooooo cushy and seriously - it makes my eyes blissfully happy every time I pick it up!!
While basking in the happy glow of "finishing projects didn't get to last year" I have cast on a few more new adventures!
Using up stash yarns leftover from projects seems the perfect way to create Christmas baubles.
I have been wanting to play with two patterns acquired a couple years ago, but have always let something else get in the way! But no longer! On the needles: Knit and Felt Wool HolidayOrnaments by Marie Mayhew (patterns can be found here) AND on the hook: Crocheted Christmas Baubles by Planet June (patterns can be found here).
The fabulicious yarns on the cones are from Yarnia and I think will produce lovely baubles! June's crocheted baubles should be a perfect way to use the cone ends (which if you are interested are available in the Yarnia on line shop).
The Pink yarn is Cascade 220 left over from Diane's Slippers! Also have leftover turquoise! Great for Marie's knit/felt projects.
And I have another Alan Dart pattern on the needles - (the green and natural yarns)! Like St. Lucy, it will be knit using Knit Picks Brava Sport. A lovely emerald green tonte!
And that gorgeous variegated yarn in the very center (it was rescued recently from a thrift) will soon become part of Macie's wardrobe!!! Arne and Carlos provide a whole book of wardrobe options. The hard part is choosing!!
Spring is in full swing! Summer is right around the corner!
Join me throughout the month of May as I play with butterflies! Tin Butterflies! Embroidered Butterflies! Blackwork Butterflies! A whole month of butterfly love!