Saturday, January 21, 2012

4th panel to the Fisherman Afghan Started

 The horseshoe cable strip for the Easy Fisherman Knit Afghan is finished.  Now I'm on strip #4.  The seed stitch strip is boring me to death so it may or may not be making an appearance in the afghan.  Last night I decided to try my hand at the honeycomb pattern.  In an Aran sweater this pattern symbolizes hard work. I can see why. All the cable fronts and cable backs are a lot of work and very time consuming but I think the end result is worth the added effort.

So at this point, my afghan probably will not resemble the original "Super Easy Fisherman" afghan pattern at all.  I'm starting to think the other patterns in the book like the "Fisherman's Rapture" and "Aran Isles" may not have been out of my league after all.  Sigh! Even their names just sound better. I will keep plugging along with this one. I have over 216 inches of strips done not including the six inches of seed stitch snooze.  :) Then the big debate.....to add the fringe or not.   


Found this picture on Pinterest.  For those of us who can't make a real Aran sweater :)


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another Jewelry Box

Pattern by Shepherd's Bush
Came as a kit so I'm not sure what the thread count is on the pink fabric. 
Happy Valentine's Day S.L. :) Now stop giving my dog treats :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blackbird Designs Hannah Lovina Joslin Sampler

From the Honeysuckle Manor Samplers and Projects in Vintage Style book (2010)
Stitched on straw linen

I changed the bird in the lower left corner.  The original pattern had the bird's head butted up against that lower left flower.  I shifted the bird's neck only (not the body) 4 threads to the right to separate it from the flower.  Once the main vein that goes around the left, top and right sides of the stitchery were done, the placement of the rest set up pretty quickly.  Goes to the frame shop this week :)  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown Pulover for Women #9724

 I should have this sweater done in a week or so. Using the Queensland Collection Rustic Tweed (worsted weight). Bought a whole bag of this yarn at the Sew Expo Show in Chantilly. My friend Miriam and I were so thrilled to find a knitting store vender who had this huge vat of bagged yarns at a SEWING expo :)  I think one or both of us may have fallen in ...but what a way to go :)  It's a blend of wool, alpaca and Donegal. 278 yards per skein. I'm on the 3rd skein finishing up the bottom and will probably need 2 more to finish up the sleeves. Easy pattern...brainless. Sure hope it fits me.  I've been wanting to make a nice fall sweater and this color will be fun to wear when there is a nip in the air, the leaves are turning colors and my hair is in a red mood :)   

What the sweater looks like on the pattern


Sunday, January 15, 2012

More yo yos....

Another road trip Saturday.....but I spent too much time texting and only got 14 done....grand total so far 299 :)