After a hiatus from working with glass, I decided that I would make a Canada Day mosaic for a friend.
I started off by heading into the forest (conveniently located next to my apartment building) on 29 June for inspiration, and managed to find this:
(the leaf, not the glass. <smile>)
I then cut glass for the leaf motif and placed it like so:
A confession: there was no little bloodshed involved with this project, and I also managed to burn myself with my glue gun, having found out at the last minute that my trusty tile adhesive had dried up. But we Canajans are nothing if not ingenuous... and we like to suffer for our country as well (hence, sticking around during the horrendous winters).
After some more fooling around (and, let me admit, a bit more bloodshed), I ended up with this:
Well, spring has finally arrived here in Toronto (touch wood), and with it a lovely new lace shawl...
She's called April Showers. The pattern is a modification from part of the Hanami pattern by Melanie Gibbons (available here): http://pinklemontwist.blogspot.com/2007/02/hanami.html. I loved the "cherry blossom" portion of the pattern and thought it went well with this Fleece Artist Italian Silk I had kicking around in the stash.
Quack seems to like it too! Must be the Rainforest colourway... isn't it cheerful?
The "showers" part is formed by approximately 600 clear seed beads in addition to the "blossom" pattern in the knitting, which were placed with a crochet hook for the most part and strung on for the edging:
The raindrops in the main body appear mostly in the top two thirds - I wanted the effect of raindrops hanging in the air in the blue sky.
I had one skein of Rowan Kidsilk Night languishing, forlorn, in the stash, and decided to put it to use:
This is the Cumulus scarf, which I designed using the Porcupine stitch pattern in Barbara Walker's Second Treasury.
Can you see the little sparkles in the yarn? They are wonderful (although I don't know how well they show up in this photo). I used to hate mohair, but working with this lovely blend made me very happy, I can tell you.
I knitted the scarf using most of the skein. It was made for a coworker/friend of mine who is getting married next month. It's knitted on 3.75 mm needles and actually went quite quickly. The logic behind its naming was that, to me, it looks like a nice puffy cloud.
I just finished my second version of the Tuscany (that wonderful lace pattern by Amy Singer, found in No Sheep For You). The first one, done back last summer, looked like this:
A coworker has been eyeing it. She recently asked me to make her one. However, one wrinkle - the coworker is vegan and the original was made using silk. But never fear. Off we trotted together to the LYS and found some lovely soft bamboo (Rosarios Bio Bamboo). This was the end result:
I quite like it (although I must confess I'm rather partial to silk, myself).
It only took me about four days to knit it. The pattern is deceptively simple and good for beginners (as I was when I did my first one).
I only did ten repetitions of the 11-repetition pattern, though, as this yarn was of heavier gauge than the Silken.
That took just over two skeins of the bamboo, in case you want to make it. I used 4 mm needles.
I'm knitting so much lace these days that I can't really see the forest for the trees!
Well, I'm quite proud of myself because I stuck it out through my first mystery KAL, the Secret of the Stole II. Here is the result, which we just learned is called Savannah by its designer, Nautical Knitter.
I find the shape of it quite interesting, don't you?
And, I love the drape of the Malabrigo merino lace yarn! This colour is called Azul Profondo (deep blue):
I trespassed on someone's property to snap this photo (heh heh):
The stole was started on 22 January or thereabouts. Approximately 60-70 rows of the pattern were released once a week for nine weeks. I managed to finish on time (18 March or thereabouts) despite a very, very rocky start. Nautical Knitter was very supportive in this regard and acted as cheerleader. :-) I used 3.25mm Addi lace needles.
The pattern did not call for beads but I added some in anyway by stringing them on.
I seem to be on a roll with stormy projects lately for some reason... roll on spring, I guess!
This latest is the Storm Water scarf, made with Handmaiden Sea Silk (one skein - 400g). Run, don't walk, to buy some. I love it!
The pattern is by Ciobhar Fibre designs and came with the skein of Sea Silk that I bought. It is fairly simple, although I must confess it took me three starting attempts to get the pattern. I first started it in November 2007 at a conference... but the final attempt in mid February was the one which took hold.
However, patience has its virtues! (That's what I keep telling myself, anyway).
The scarf was knitted almost entirely in public - during my commute to work and at work meetings or CLEs. It is 66 inches long or thereabouts (taller than me!) and 10.5 inches wide. I used 3.75mm Addi lace turbo needles.
I must confess I had a LOT of help from the fabulous book by Evelyn Clark, Knitting Lace Triangles. Anyone remotely interested in knitting lace should get their hands on this book ASAP, really.
The scarf has beads:
... and features a luscious yarn by Handmaiden called Camelspin (70% silk, 30% camel...). Warning: you will not want to knit with anything else after buying this (unless you're a vegan knitter, of course!).
The shawl was knitted on 4mm Addi lace needles. I started it on 2 March and finished the knitting on 8 March.
Finished size is 41" at the widest point across and 23" at the widest point deep.
I must say that this project was a real tonic to all of the crap weather we've been having up here in Toronto...
Oh, I should mention that this is the first project I used blocking wires with to block. Very, very highly recommended. I now want to reblock my other lace shawls, and believe me that is a statement I never thought I'd make in my lifetime!
For more info and even more photos (including blocking photos... I gather some people like those! I'm liking them more and more... I am quite addicted to lace at time of writing this post...!) and rambling on about this, please feel free to check out my blog post on the project: http://brouhahaknits.blogspot.com/2008/03/stormy-weather-scarf.html...although this might be best avoided. I was quite hyper when I drafted the post. I've also knitted a whole other hat and a headband today, so I'm a bit wired. :-)
I knitted the entire cap in the round using two circular needles (I love this method!)
I made some modifications to the pattern as I wanted a springtime/indoor cap and was accordingly using a very different yarn than that called for. The yarn I used was Rowan Calmer (one skein! And it's lovely stuff indeed!).
I've got more info about my modifications on my Ravelry projects page (where I'm known as Brouhaha as well) - or if you want more info please feel free to message me...
I used 3.25mm needles. It only took about 3 1/2 hours to knit! Check out the pattern, people! :-)
The hat is not for me, which is a good thing as I look rather goofy in it:
Instead it's for a friend of an online friend (I've seen photos of her and trust me, it will look MUCH better on her!)
I finished my version of the Swallowtail pattern by Evelyn Clark (Interweave Knits Autumn 2006 issue) on Sunday - the perfect antidote to the winter blues!
I'm calling it my Sunset Shawl because... well, have a guess:
Aren't the colours of the yarn fabulous? It's Handmaiden Mini Maiden (50% silk, 50% wool) - the shawl took most of one 100g skein. I knitted it using 3.75 mm needles (one size larger than recommended) but the finished shawl is the "proper" size (48" wide by 24" tall)
I lost track of how many beads I put in this shawl... there are four different colours which I tried to get to match the yarn. I think it worked OK:
I also modified the pattern somewhat by omitting the picot edging (pretty, but not to my personal taste) and substituting a plain bindoff then one row of half double crochet along the castoff edge.
Would you believe I only started this on 20 February!? (excuse: I was home sick for much of the time - too sick to go out, not sick enough to sleep).