Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pacific Breeze

While visiting my sister in White Rock we did our annual yarn crawl and visited Three Bags Full in Vancouver. I picked up this gorgeous Sweet Georgia yarn and knit myself the Shadow Scarf. I love using scarves to dress up an outfit and yet until recently hadn't knit one. The shawl I made to wear to the wedding also works good as a scarf but I wanted a narrow scarf. I did the scarf version of the shawl pattern. Quite a bit was knit sitting on her back deck which faces the ocean so it is aptly named Pacific Breeze! This Sweet Georgia yarn is simply gorgeous. I also picked up some Berocco Ultra Alpaca to make myself the Every Way Wrap, some Louet Euroflax for another scarf and some cascade 220 for a beret! It was a lot of fun doing the yarn crawl - we had a delicious pistachio and rose water milkshake and a great lunch at a wonderful Parisian bakery!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

British Columbia Bound

I'm leaving in just a few hours for just about a week. I'm flying out to Vancouver, B.C. for my Dad's upcoming wedding on Saturday, August 7th. I'll be staying with my big sis and family in White Rock, B.C. My DH is staying home with the pooch as we had spent enough money on our home renovations this year. He will have a quiet relaxing time as our DD isn't back from her trip until next Monday.
Yarn is packed and I'm ready to Knit! My sister has a very quiet home - they don't watch t.v. so that gives us plenty of time to sit and visit while we knit.
I picked up some Phentex worsted in two different variegated colours - Neopolitan and Chocolate covered Cherry. These are for our prayer shawl ministry at the church. I'm using the basic pattern as it requires 555 yds and these skeins have 582. I started the Neopolitan one yesterday on some nice Clover bamboo needles. I am pretty sure I can take them on the plane and knit during the 2 hour flight. I also packed a skein for a gift I'm knitting - I can't say too much as this person sometimes reads my blog. I also am planning a yarn crawl into Vancouver to get some yarn for some other gift items that I have planned for Christmas.
When I return from my trip not only will my DD be home but my little sis and her two kids will be here for four days. Should be yet another great visit.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Andean Treasure Shawl Success

I finished the Andean Treasure Shawl yesterday and blocked it this morning. I knit until it was 54" but I never realized just how much this would block out to once it was wet - that's ok, I'm happy with a long shawl. This enables me to wear it as a scarf wrap-around style, which I love! The width of 15" makes it just right for that use.

I have never been more pleased with a FO before. Although the pattern is quite simple the end result having used the Malabrigo Sock yarn is just stunning. The garment is feather light and the drape is exquisite!

After having to frog the previous start of a wool peddler I am happy to have finished 'Happy Place' in plenty of time for the wedding next weekend. This shawl deserves it's name as I was very happy to knit on it and I was extremely happy with the end result. The only glitch was colour variation between the two balls even though they were the same dye lot, but because of the variances in each ball it doesn't really affect the outcome that much.

The colour of the shawl goes great with my dress so having it done in time and to be pleasantly surprised by just how much I love the shawl is a pleasant gift!

Oh, I guess you can see our tuckered pooch in this shot - he had a walk and spent some time outside and this is a big AND, he got into his dog food and had a FEAST! I think he is experiencing 'Thanksgiving Sleepiness'.