Vintage Knitting Needles and Antique Bottles

Vintage Knitting Needles and Antique Bottles

Friday, February 8, 2013

F/O Friday #124, and some yarn purchases

F/O Friday link
F/O Friday, or Finished Object Friday if you don't know knitter acronyms, is a meme or topic that many bloggers write weekly. I like to have a goal for myself, knowing that if I want to post, I need to knit and block and take photos for Friday. I also like to contribute to this meme because Tami, at Tami's Amis has created a "Mr. Linky" for the group so that it makes it easy to see all the posts written on a given Friday.

The other meme that I link to is another Friday blog event hosted by the blog Wisdom Begins in Wonder. The focus of these posts is often based more in fiber than finished objects, so it guarantees me a place to write if I have new addition to stash and no project completed that week. If you blog, or if you enjoy reading blogs (insert a grand thank you for reading and commenting), these two websites are the place to hang out on Fridays.

Finished Objects this week

Infinitude Scarf of Northern Lights
 Infinitude Scarf of Northern Lights, pattern by Jeni Chase.
Yarn: Camden Yarns of Maine, Northern Lights, 90% mohair, 10% nylon on size 11 needles
This pattern is easy and beautiful, if you love garter stitch, welting and ribbing, go check it out. The pattern is easy to follow and fairly quick to knit. The yarn was a purchase at my first foray into the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool event from last spring. The yarn has been discontinued and I picked it up for only $3.00 per skein. I love the warmth of the fiber and the color is brightened by the sparkle of the glittery thread.

Rowan Colorscape Seyfert Cowl
Rowan Colorscape Seyfert Cowl, pattern by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Rowan Colorscape Chunky, knit on size 10 needles
I have made number of seyferts now and I love the easy pattern repeats. This project was especially enjoyable because the Rowan wool is just that soft. I first saw this cowl on Susan at Windsor Button. It is a free download at the Berroco website. If you are new to knitting, you will find it will teach you to practice the skills of longtail cast on, joining to knit in the round, garter and stockinette stitch and the one different technique has you purl two together, and leaving the stitches on the left needle, you purl the first of the two that you knit together again. A decrease and an increase in one space.

Goaloha Swatch in Berroco Vintage
Goaloha Mystery Sweater KAL, pattern by Mel of Single Handed Knits
Yarn: Berroco Vintage, on size 8 needles
Mel has another fun KAL going and I decided to jump in. The yarn is from deep stash and was one of the first auctions won on eBay when I was addicted to watching for great deals on yarn. I swatched in the round, it is the first time doing this and I did it at the urging of Mel who alerted us to the change in gauge that happens between a flat swatch and one knit in the round. It is blocked, and now I await the release of the next clue.

Stash Enhancement
While at Windsor yesterday I got some yarn, yeah, I know the sale starts on Monday, but I won't be there to shop until maybe Thursday if I'm lucky. Here is what I got (I really wanted Madelinetosh, but got these instead). And thank you to my sister Steph for the Christmas Gift Certificate. It helped me add the following goodies to my stash.

Noro Taiyo
Not everyone loves Noro, but I am one fan of this yarn. Earlier in the summer I got the recent Noro magazine and four different skeins of yarn to test out some pattern ideas. One skein I got was Taiyo which ended up as a Christmas Cowl for one of my girls. I loved knitting and watching how the colors played out. For now I will display this in a basket until inspiration hits with a good pattern.

Manos Silk Blend
This Manos Silk Blend will join two other skeins I have in stash, I hope to make a large scarf, shawl or cowl. This is such beautiful fiber, silky and shiny. The photo doesn't do justice to the deeper greens.

Manos Silk Blend
Two skeins of grey, butterscotch and cream tones, destined to become a hat to go with my Anouk Cowl. There is a hint of pink in the greys that will compliment the Anouk.  Just today, I signed up to do a hat KAL with Carol Feller. I heard about it on Twitter and joined because I have enjoyed working from Carol's patterns in the past.  She designed Iced, a bulky weight cardigan that is soooo cozy.The hat is called Coriander and it is a close fitting hat with diagonal stitch design that swirls around the head. If you are inclined to join the KAL, go to this link to read more. The hat pattern is available at at reduced price for a short time. Members of the KAL that buy the pattern, also get a coupon code for Briar Rose Fibers, Fourth of July.

So if you are in need of inspiration, encouragement or just plain fiber envy... goto Tami's Amis and Wisdom in Wonder to view other F/O Friday projects.
Post a Comment