Thursday, November 09, 2006

Look, it's a FO!

Well I've finally come up for air and after having a few days off, I feel like my normal self again.

Ta da! I'm pleased to present my first lace scarf -

The pattern is the Cocoon Lace Scarf by Fiber Trends. The yarn is from Brooks Farm. I bought it at Stitches West last year. I love this yarn! I think it's Duet (a wool/kid mohair blend), but I don't know what I did with the label. It's super soft and light...feels very cozy wrapped around my neck. It's actually been finished for awhile except for the blocking. I discovered I don't like the process of blocking lace. It can be very time consuming. This project wasn't as bad as some that I've read about, but I wove the blocking wires through every stitch along both edges. The result of the blocking is magical though and worth the time. So lace is definitely in my future, which means the blocking is also.

Here it is once more:

A special thanks to Knitdevil Madge for playing photographer with me yesterday. And for helping me untangle the "yarn barf" that exploded from a ball of yarn I was working with. It felt good to be knitting with my friends again, since I haven't been for a few weeks.

I've caught the KAL bug!

First I joined the Red Sweater KAL. Since my favorite color is red and I happen to be working on a red hoodie for my nephew, it seemed like a good idea to me. I plan on starting a red sweater for myself soon with some Harmony yarn from Brooks Farm which I also bought at Stitches West. Brooks Farm was my favorite "find" at the market! I'd like to suggest that my friend Mary join this KAL, since I know she bought some red yarn to make a slouchy cardigan and she loves to join KALs. Anyone else want to join?!

Then I joined a Debbie Bliss KAL. I love Debbie Bliss' designs, especially her designs for children. It also happens that the red hoodie for the nephew is a Debbie Bliss pattern. It's a win win! Once I'm finished with it, I might consider making one of her designs for myself also. The good news is that there is no deadline for either KAL.

I'm seriously considering joining Sundara's Petal Collection Club. I did some lurking around and saw some of the past colorways that were sent to participants and I liked them. Plus, I like the idea of getting a surprise in the mail.

Tomorrow I'm signing up for Stitches West! I'm very excited because this year I'll have friends from my SnB group joining in on the fun!


Madge said...

Our photo shoot was lots of fun, you supermodel you. (so, are you entering the fashion show at Stitches West?)

Congrats on finishing your first lace! Blocking is time consuming, but isn't the end product worth it? A little scruched up something or other becomes a delish scarf.

So, what classes did you decide on?

mary said...

Beautiful picture! Is that at Zephyr? I had to click on the picture to see it bigger before I figured it out. The scarf looks beautiful and you look stunning modelling it. I'm with KnitDevil... I think you need to walk the runway with it at Stitches West! I've thought about the Red Sweater KAL and followed it for a bit, but won't have a chance to start it until January, I think. Who knows if it'll still be going on by then. I'll watch yours though, for sure.

Joan said...

Oh Annette, that picture of you is so beautiful. I bet your Husband would love that picture of you framed.

Your scarf looks even prettier in person.

We had lots of fun at Zephyr, didn't we? What a group!

jillian said...

That is simply beautiful! The yarn and the pattern go very well together. I really like the simple pattern, too. OK - I love everything about it.

BTW - I've heard through the grapevine, can't remember where now, that Sweet Georgia and Pureknits will be starting sock clubs, Pureknits with Yarntini and other special colors just for her store!

mehitabel said...

Funny, I have been craving red yarn and wanting to knit a red sweater! But I think I'll follow the KAL without joining. I do have some red yarn for a shawl and I might start that. Your scarf really is smashing, and sooo soft! Love that the pattern is reversible, too!

Patty said...

Hi Annette, I'll be going to Stitches West also, maybe we'll be able to get a group together just to meet and greet! I'll leave a post on my blog about it. I think this would be grand fun!

(Your SP9 Hostess)

teresa said...

Beautiful! Glad to hear you've caught the lace bug. :)

Fay Lynn said...

That is just beautiful!! Maybe I will do some lace after the holidays.

Anonymous said...

Hi Annette!
Beautiful work girl!
glad to see you bloggin' :)

Your SP9 Pal!!

brooklyn tweed said...

Hey Annette! Thanks for leaving a comment on the site - I couldn't find your e-mail address so decided to respond to you here. I'd be happy to help with any questions you had if you decide to knit a denim raglan for your husband. I'm always happy to help.

Have a great holiday!