Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Color Play Mohair Wrap

So, I was at my local yarn shop on Monday and I fell in love with a new project!

The pattern is called:  Color Play Mohair Scarf and Wrap, and it is designed by ChurchMouse Yarns and Teas.  (You can look it up on Ravelry.)

The yarn that is used is made by Rowan, and is called Kidsilk Haze Stripe.  (The colorways are designed by Kaffe Fasset!)  You use 4 different colors of variegated balls of yarn, holding 2 strands of yarn together at the same time.

In fact, the wrap is designed to where you hold 2 different colors at the same time and then you switch to holding 2 strands of the same color, progressing through the 4 different balls. 

With the variegated self-striping yarn, this yields a “color play” that you can’t predict and truly unfolds before you as you knit it!

I just cast on today and watching the colors change as I worked was just mesmerizing.  This will be a fun knit.

And hopefully it should also be an easy knit.  It is really just a stockinette body with a seed stitch border.  So, just knits and purls! 

I am thinking that this will be an excellent foil to all my lace knitting.  It’s nice to have different projects of varying difficulty, and I think this one will be really special.

I’ve always said that Rowan Kidsilk Haze (or Kidsilk Crack, as some knitters call it!) is so beautiful on its own that you could just do the knit stitch with it and it would be gorgeous.

In this project, the variegated colors and the soft mohair will take center stage.  No fancy stitches, just inches upon inches of joy, and hopefully a wrap made out of clouds at the end.

I’ll letcha know…  J

Lucky Dog

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lace as Art

I finally did it!

Here is my first framed lace piece!

Lucky Dog

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Happy October!

It's finally Fall!

The weather has cooled down…  Summer is gone and
Autumn is slowly creeping into place.

October is one of my very most favorite months, probably because the coolness is always so welcome after such hot summers.

Today was 64 degrees, 
and I planted some pansies in our mailbox planters.

I really enjoy working outside in the flowerbeds, just not when it’s so hot.  If only it could be in the 60’s more often!  Unfortunately it seems like I have to cram all my weeding, deadheading and garden stuff into October and April every year.  I would enjoy being outside all summer if it could’ve felt like it did today!

I also enjoy the instant gratification of yard/garden work.  And being the type who likes things neat and tidy, I really like getting back outside (after looking at the chaos all summer) and finally getting to put things back in order.

The prep was the hardest part, because the volunteer (read: weedy) trumpet vine has really taken over this year.  I heard that this year’s weather was perfect for vines to go crazy, so I guess I am not alone dealing with this aggressive volunteer.

Don’t get me wrong, in the right location, I love trumpet vines.  We had some at our previous house, and it was dense and lush up against a fence and it bloomed all summer long.  It was gorgeous.

Unfortunately at our current home, it's in a shady flowerbed, so there are no pretty orange blooms.  Only vines and greenery.  (which I am usually thankful for, but they really took over this year, along with the Virginia Creeper!)

Anyway, to close, and hopefully to bring a smile to your face, here is a photo of some turkeys that visited us last week!  They are always so awkwardly funny and fun to watch.

Happy October!

Lucky Dog