We have a winner in the Get This! contest. There were 72 entries, a total of 89 when counting the ones who got a bonus entry for donating to the needy. Our winner is a spinner and knitter, YanTanThera. Congratulations! Take a look around her blog, she has some nice projects including handspun socks and shawls.
Thank you to all that entered and I loved reading the ways in which people give to others. I especially loved Susanne's idea of buying warm wool socks and filling them with personal care items. What a great idea!
On the knitting front, I have been bewitched by this Neibling pattern I am test knitting. Obsessed might be more accurate.
A blob of the Leaves Shawl ready for the crochet cast off. I want to wait for the FO post to show you the pattern thus far. I will say that it was a joy to knit. I can't wait to see it blocked out!
I loved this pattern so much that I scrounged around in the stash for yarn to start another.
This one is in a naturally dyed organic wool. It is supposed to be a sport weight, but I am knitting on US 10 needles (6 mm) and it isn't all loosey goosey. I probably could have gone up another needle size or two.
Thinking ahead, I have been thinking about this yarn for a long time. I dyed merino-tencel fiber in yellows and oranges and spun it into a light sport weight a couple of years ago. It has patiently been waiting for its moment in the sun. The flash has made it look shinier than it really is.
It is tentatively named Lemon Drop. Maybe a simple shawl to show off the stripes of the yarn? An idea is just beyond my reach, taunting me.
I have been knitting away at Tangerine (seriously soliciting a better name). This start-at-the-bottom-and-work up thing is brilliant!
The field pattern (shown below a bit washed out) is lovely, but I am a short attention span knitter (who likes small gauge knitting - mild case of self loathing???). It is ideal to have the rows getting shorter and shorter. I picked up almost 450 stitches off of the 9+ feet of garter lace edging (that better block flat dammit!) and now I have about 150 stitches. Love, love, love that!
As part of my determination to not actually complete a project, I started a new lace shawl.
The folks at Lacis were looking for test knitters for an upcoming book. They are reprinting Gestrickte Spitzendecken, an old German book full of doily patterns, most written by Herbert Neibling. Large doilies can become gorgeous shawls and even blankets. Reprinting this book is a huge undertaking as it is known for having many errors in the charts.
What was I to do? You know I had to volunteer to help! Here is the original version in the book. I am knitting a triangular version. Imagine just two repeats of one square with the edging.
And, I am so glad I did. I can't put this shawl down! Seriously. Less sleep is seeming like a fine idea.
The yarn is a new lace weight yarn I am testing for Tactile. It is 100% tussah silk in a lace weight. Holy smokes! I love the yarn too! It has a little bit of texture, so it isn't crazy slippery like 100% cultivated silk. And the luster! These pictures don't do the color (darker and richer sage green) or the shine justice.
* The title is a small homage to one of my favorite childhood movies The King and I. I had a huge crush on Yul Brynner. Weird for a preteen girl now that I look back.
I just got my copy and while I
knew it was going to happen, it was quite another thing to see it in
That must be worth celebrating!
Do I smell a contest? Sure! Everyone loves a contest.
To enter, leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for this
fall. You can earn a bonus contest entry for making a contribution of
money (or your time) to your local food bank
or soup kitchen. There is so much need right now and donations are
down. Just let me know in the comments that you have made a
The winner will have their choice of Tactile yarn or fiber. We'll give you a $30 gift certificate to spend in our webstore.
Contest ends at midnight on December 15th Pacific Standard Time.