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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lady Eleanor Stole on: March 31, 2006 11:17:06 AM
I recently finished up the Lady Eleanor Stole from the book Scarf Style -- a fabulous book, in and of itself. I bought the book for two specific patterns and I won't be surprised if I end up knitting every other pattern in the book!











I used nine balls of Noro Kureyon in colorway #124 (my favorite!). I had no problems with the pattern, but I did change the cast-on number to 42 instead of 56. I'm a petite lady and the stole would have overwhelmed me otherwise.

This project is great, even for novice knitters who haven't tried entrelac before. Doing entrelac for the first time is akin to turning your first heel on a sock -- it will look wonky and distorted as you're starting out, but trust in the directions and all will turn out fine. I taught myself to knit backwards for this project so I wouldn't have to be constantly turning the work around, but that skill isn't necessary to make this stole.

I'm pretty sad that the weather has been so lovely lately -- I don't have as many opportunities to wear the Lady!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nordic Mittens on: December 28, 2005 08:24:15 AM
I made the Nordic Mittens from Interweave Knits' Winter 2004 issue for my sister as a Christmas gift. Instead of the full-color version, I made mine in black and white.


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Finished:





I used Brown Sheep's Nature Spun Sport in Snow and Pepper -- one skein of each will easily make two mittens. You can get it for a good price at The Lorien Store, but be forewarned -- sometimes their yarn has an slight odor when it arrives. Air it out by putting the skeins in your dryer on the "No Heat" setting for a few minutes.

Next time I knit this pattern, I'll be knitting it inside-out because it was too hellish a task to keep my floats relaxed enough to not bunch up the fabric. Also: blocking is 110% magic, as stated by the lovely Bowerbird Knits.

Enjoy!
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / fairly easy fair isle -- finished! on: October 14, 2005 04:18:47 PM
i started work on this project last wednesday, and finished up last night. it's a quick knit and i'm pretty much in love with it!

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the waistline has decided to be a rolled edge, even with the garter stitch edging, but i really like the effect. i used brown sheep lamb's pride bulky as called for in the pattern, but if i were to do this project again, i'd probably use valley yarns' shelburne, since it's unbelievably soft and very affordable.
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